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Ok, is it just me or does Cocoa utterly blow at slicing up strings?

Does anyone have any suggestions on ways to tokenize a string?

I’d like to be able to just take a string… say a url… and dice it.. find the first token “://” slice to that point, then find the next token “.” and so on… until i get the data i want.

Just feels like Cocoa’s string manipulation is built around creating a complete crapload of temporary strings and scanners and just doesn’t feel right at all.

You reject scanners but don’t explain why; General/NSScanner would do a pretty decent job here. Otherwise look into a regex library.

Ok, I’ll look into them a bit more. Maybe I’m missing something fundamental. I was hoping to get some sort of “hey, try this” where “this” is some other class that totally rocks. lol :-P

As you wish: hey, try General/NSScanner.

If your problem domain really is General/URLs, NSURL and General/NSString have lots of methods for slicing them up. For the general case, General/NSScanner isn’t bad:

The site wasn’t accepting changes on July 3, 2006, but I wrote an example of solving your problem, and posted it on my site: The key lines are: if([scanner scanUpToSeparatorAndSkip: @”://” intoString: &proto] && [scanner scanUpToSeparatorAndSkip: @”.” intoString: &prefix]) { Can’t get much simpler and cleaner than that!

Beyond that, has a nice regular-expression package that returns arrays of subpattern matches, and beyond that, boost has a full context-free grammar description language package, called “spirit”, that allows for extremely complex and flexible parsing. is a free C++ site, but you can intermix Objective-C and C++, using .mm files which do both, to connect the C++ subsystems to your Objective-C program.

– General/DavidPhillipOster

Uh - stay away from boost::spirit unless you really love long compile times.

– General/RobertBlum

And if you want a very light-weight regex wrapper, try General/CSRegex, which has no external dependencies and is just two files to drop into your project. – General/WAHa

I’ve been using General/NSMutableString quite a lot, it has a buttload of useful things to it, and it’s the only thing I need (up until now).

– Matthias