Top-rated recipes tagged "cheap" Code RecipesCheap-date trick; a different way to parse (Python) 2012-03-06T14:08:10-08:00Scott S-Allen <p style="color: grey"> Python recipe 578064 by <a href="/recipes/users/4181178/">Scott S-Allen</a> (<a href="/recipes/tags/cheap/">cheap</a>, <a href="/recipes/tags/date/">date</a>, <a href="/recipes/tags/format/">format</a>, <a href="/recipes/tags/grep/">grep</a>, <a href="/recipes/tags/parse/">parse</a>, <a href="/recipes/tags/regex/">regex</a>, <a href="/recipes/tags/sharp/">sharp</a>). </p> <p>... a light meal with a heavy dose of "tutorial mash" on the side.</p> <p>In the constructive spirit of "more ways to solve a problem"; this is a portion of my lateral, occasionally oblique, solutions. Nothing new in le régime de grande, but hopefully the conceptual essence will amuse.</p> <p>Initially started as a response to <a href="">recipe 577135</a> which parses incremental date fragments and preserves micro-seconds where available. That script does more work than this, for sure, but requires special flow-control and iterates a potentially incumbering shopping list (multi-dimensional with some detail).</p> <p>So here's a different box for others to play with. Upside-down in a sense, it doesn't hunt for anything but a numerical "pulse"; sequences of digits punctuated by other 'stuff' we don't much care about.</p> <p>Missing a lot of things, intentionally, this snippet provides several examples demoin' flexibility. Easy to button-up, redecorate and extend later for show, till then the delightful commentary makes it hard enough to see bones already -- all six lines or so!</p> <p><strong>Note:</strong> <em>The core script is repeated for illustrative purposes. The first is step-by-step, the second is lean and condensed for utilitarian purposes. It is the second, shorter, version that I yanked from a file and gussied up.</em></p>