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SARE - Simple API for Regular Expressions

SARE stands for Simple API for Regular Expressions. Its an extension API that provides event based regular expression parsing. SARE's API is very simple. The developer need only to implement an interface, action event handler and attach it to the specific group of SARE parser. For example, the following listing shows have SARE can be used to parse each 4 digits from an IP address.

public class ExampleSARE {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        String regex = "([0-9]+)\\.([0-9]+)\\.([0-9]+)\\.([0-9]+)";
        String data  = "192.255.255.150";

        RegexParser sare = new RegexParser(regex);
        ConsoleOut co = new ConsoleOut();

        sare.assignAction(0, co);
        sare.assignAction(1, co);
        sare.assignAction(2, co);
        sare.assignAction(3, co);
        sare.assignAction(4, co);

        sare.process(data);
    }
}

class ConsoleOut implements IGroupAction {
    public void start() {
        System.out.println("Starting");
    }

    public void end() {
        System.out.println("End");
    }

    public void match(int count, String full, String group) {
        System.out.println("[" + count + "] - " + group);
    }
}

As you can see, SARE follows a variant of the visitor pattern. For each group defined in a regex, you can assign an object that implements the IGroupAction interface. When the method process() is invoked, the scan process begins and when a match is found, the specified IGroupAction is executed, through the match method.

SARE at the time being uses the standard JSDK regular expression library (java.util.regex.*).

This pattern provides an easy way to write less and more reusable code, when text processing is required. Current Version is 2.0. So feel free to download, experiment with the source and send me any comments.

License

Copyright (c) 2013, Vassilios Karakoidas (vassilios.karakoidas@gmail.com) All rights reserved.

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