tokenizer

A wide purpose tokenizer for node.js which looks like a stream

npm install tokenizer
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Synopsis

A wide purpose tokenizer for JavaScript. The interface follows more or less the WriteStream from node.js.

node-tokenizer is published on npm so you can install it with npm install tokenizer

How to

  • require the Tokenizer constructor
var Tokenizer = require('tokenizer');
  • construct one (we'll see what the callback is used for)
var t = new Tokenizer(mycallback);
  • add rules
t.addRule(/^my regex$/, 'type');
  • write or pump to it
t.write(data);
// or
stream.pipe(t);
  • listen for new tokens
t.on('token', function(token, type) {
    // do something useful
    // type is the type of the token (specified with addRule)
    // token is the actual matching string
})
// alternatively you can use the tokenizer as a readable stream.
  • look out for the end
t.on('end', callback);

the optional callback argument for the constructor is a function that will be called for each token in order to specify a different type by returning a string. The parameters passed to the function are token(the token that we found) and match, an object like this

{
    regex: /whatever/ // the regex that matched the token
    type: 'type' // the type of the token
}

Have a look in the example folder

Rules

rules are regular expressions associated with a type name. The tokenizer tries to find the longest string matching one or more rules. When several rules match the same string, priority is given to the rule which was added first. (this may change)

Please note that your regular expressions should use ^ and $ in order to test the whole string. If these are not used, you rule will match every string that contains what you specified, this could be the whole file!

To do

  • a lot of optimisation
  • being able to share rules across several tokenizers (although this can be achieved through inheritance)
  • probably more hooks
  • more checking

License

MIT

Copyright (c) 2012 Florent Jaby

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