class StringScanner

Overview

StringScanner provides for lexical scanning operations on a String.

Example

require "string_scanner"
s = StringScanner.new("This is an example string")
s.eos?         # => false

s.scan(/\w+/)  # => "This"
s.scan(/\w+/)  # => nil
s.scan(/\s+/)  # => " "
s.scan(/\s+/)  # => nil
s.scan(/\w+/)  # => "is"
s.eos?         # => false

s.scan(/\s+/)  # => " "
s.scan(/\w+/)  # => "an"
s.scan(/\s+/)  # => " "
s.scan(/\w+/)  # => "example"
s.scan(/\s+/)  # => " "
s.scan(/\w+/)  # => "string"
s.eos?         # => true

s.scan(/\s+/)  # => nil
s.scan(/\w+/)  # => nil

Scanning a string means remembering the position of a scan offset, which is just an index. Scanning moves the offset forward, and matches are sought after the offset; usually immediately after it.

Method Categories

Methods that advance the scan offset:

Methods that look ahead:

Methods that deal with the position of the offset:

Methods that deal with the last match:

Miscellaneous methods:

Defined in:

string_scanner.cr

Class Method Summary

Instance Method Summary

Instance methods inherited from class Reference

! !, ==(other)
==(other : self)
==
, hash hash, inspect(io : IO) : Nil inspect, nil? nil?, object_id object_id, same?(other : Nil)
same?(other : Reference)
same?
, to_s(io : IO) : Nil to_s

Instance methods inherited from class Object

! !, !=(other) !=, !~(other) !~, ==(other) ==, ===(other) ===, =~(other) =~, class class, clone clone, crystal_type_id crystal_type_id, dup dup, hash hash, inspect
inspect(io : IO)
inspect
, itself itself, not_nil! not_nil!, tap(&block) tap, to_json to_json, to_pretty_json(io : IO)
to_pretty_json
to_pretty_json
, to_s
to_s(io : IO)
to_s
, to_yaml(io : IO)
to_yaml
to_yaml
, try(&block) try

Class methods inherited from class Object

==(other : Class) ==, ===(other) ===, cast(other) : self cast, from_json(string_or_io) from_json, from_yaml(string : String) from_yaml, hash hash, inspect(io) inspect, name : String name, to_s(io) to_s

Class Method Detail

def self.new(str) #

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Instance Method Detail

def [](n) #

Returns the n-th subgroup in the most recent match.

Raises an exception if there was no last match or if there is no subgroup.

s = StringScanner.new("Fri Dec 12 1975 14:39")
regex = /(?<wday>\w+) (?<month>\w+) (?<day>\d+)/
s.scan(regex)  # => "Fri Dec 12"
s[0]           # => "Fri Dec 12"
s[1]           # => "Fri"
s[2]           # => "Dec"
s[3]           # => "12"
s["wday"]      # => "Fri"
s["month"]     # => "Dec"
s["day"]       # => "12"

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def []?(n) #

Returns the nilable n-th subgroup in the most recent match.

Returns nil if there was no last match or if there is no subgroup.

s = StringScanner.new("Fri Dec 12 1975 14:39")
regex = /(?<wday>\w+) (?<month>\w+) (?<day>\d+)/
s.scan(regex)  # => "Fri Dec 12"
s[0]?           # => "Fri Dec 12"
s[1]?           # => "Fri"
s[2]?           # => "Dec"
s[3]?           # => "12"
s[4]?           # => nil
s["wday"]?      # => "Fri"
s["month"]?     # => "Dec"
s["day"]?       # => "12"
s["year"]?      # => nil
s.scan(/more/)  # => nil
s[0]?           # => nil

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def check(pattern) #

Returns the value that #scan would return, without advancing the scan offset. The last match is still saved, however.

s = StringScanner.new("this is a string")
s.offset = 5
s.check(/\w+/)  # => "is"
s.check(/\w+/)  # => "is"

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def check_until(pattern) #

Returns the value that #scan_until would return, without advancing the scan offset. The last match is still saved, however.

s = StringScanner.new("test string")
s.check_until(/tr/) # => "test str"
s.check_until(/g/)  # => "test string"

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def eos? #

Returns true if the scan offset is at the end of the string.

s = StringScanner.new("this is a string")
s.eos?                 # => false
s.scan(/(\w+\s?){4}/)  # => "this is a string"
s.eos?                 # => true

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def inspect(io : IO) #

Writes a representation of the scanner.

Includes the current position of the offset, the total size of the string, and five characters near the current position.


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def offset #

Returns the current position of the scan offset.


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def offset=(position : Int) #

Sets the position of the scan offset.


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def peek(len) #

Extracts a string corresponding to string[offset,len], without advancing the scan offset.


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def reset #

Resets the scan offset to the beginning and clears the last match.


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def rest #

Returns the remainder of the string after the scan offset.

s = StringScanner.new("this is a string")
s.scan(/(\w+\s?){2}/)  # => "this is "
s.rest                 # => "a string"

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def scan(pattern) #

Tries to match with pattern at the current position. If there's a match, the scanner advances the scan offset, the last match is saved, and it returns the matched string. Otherwise, the scanner returns nil.

s = StringScanner.new("test string")
s.scan(/\w+/)   # => "test"
s.scan(/\w+/)   # => nil
s.scan(/\s\w+/) # => " string"
s.scan(/.*/)    # => nil

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def scan_until(pattern) #

Scans the string until the pattern is matched. Returns the substring up to and including the end of the match, the last match is saved, and advances the scan offset. Returns nil if no match.

s = StringScanner.new("test string")
s.scan_until(/tr/)   # => "test str"
s.scan_until(/tr/)   # => nil
s.scan_until(/g/)    # => "ing"

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def skip(pattern) #

Attempts to skip over the given pattern beginning with the scan offset. In other words, the pattern is not anchored to the current scan offset.

If there's a match, the scanner advances the scan offset, the last match is saved, and it returns the size of the skipped match. Otherwise it returns nil and does not advance the offset.

This method is the same as #scan, but without returning the matched string.


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def skip_until(pattern) #

Attempts to skip until the given pattern is found after the scan offset. In other words, the pattern is not anchored to the current scan offset.

If there's a match, the scanner advances the scan offset, the last match is saved, and it returns the size of the skip. Otherwise it returns nil and does not advance the offset.

This method is the same as #scan_until, but without returning the matched string.


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def string #

Returns the string being scanned.


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def terminate #

Moves the scan offset to the end of the string and clears the last match.


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