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Video: Parsing Horrible Things with Python

The “horrible thing” in developer Erik Rose’s talk from this year’s PyCon is the Mediawiki syntax, but that’s just a jumping off point for one of the best overviews of data parsing that I’ve run across. If you’ve got a project that involves parsing, or are, like me, considering one, this talk is a must-watch.

This is PyCon, so much of the talk focuses on parsing in Python, but there’s plenty of broader, dare I say, “parsing philosophy” that make it well worth a watch even if you don’t end up using the specific Python parsing libraries Rose mentions.