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Parsing Text

Plywood provides the following template functions to parse and convert text to other types:

Each of these functions requires a template argument that describes the expected string format. The template argument can either be a direct type or a special format class.

Parsing a Direct Type

When the template argument is a direct type, the parse() function returns that type directly. Plywood provides built-in support to directly parse the following types:

When such types are parsed, the template argument must always be specified explicitly, since the compiler has no way to deduce it:

u32 a = ins.parse<u32>();

Furthermore, when such types are parsed, each function accepts an optional formatting argument whose type depends on the template argument. For example, when parsing a numeric type, an optional fmt::Radix argument is accepted:

u32 b = ins.parse<u32>(fmt::Radix{16});

Adding Support for Direct Types

You can add support for direct parsing of additional types by specializing the fmt::TypeParser class template. Every fmt::TypeParser specialization must define two static member functions:

See the built-in fmt::TypeParser specializations for examples.

Parsing a Format Class

When the template argument is a format class, the parse() function returns a value whose type depends on the format class. Plywood provides built-in support for the format classes listed below. When a format class is parsed, each function accepts an optional formatting argument whose type must match the format class. Therefore, if a formatting argument is passed to a parse function, the template argument doesn't need to be specified explicitly since the compiler can deduce it.

String a = ins.readString<fmt::Identifier>(); // explicit template argument
String b = ins.readString(fmt::Identifier{}); // template argument deduced
fmt::Identifier(u32 flags = 0)

Parses an alphanumeric identifier in greedy fashion. Consumes all bytes that are ASCII letters, underscores, or high bytes (having a value greater than or equal to 128). Note that if the string is encoded as UTF-8, all Unicode points greater than or equal to 128 (such as emoji) are considered alphanumeric and will be consumed. After the first byte, ASCII digits are consumed too. If the fmt::WithDollarSign flag is passed, '$' characters are also consumed.


Parses a line of text by consuming all bytes up to '\n'.


Parses whitespace. All ' ', '\t', '\r' and '\n' bytes are consumed.


Parses non-whitespace. All bytes that are not consumed by fmt::Whitespace are consumed.

Adding Support for Format Classes

You can add support for parsing additional format classes by specializing the fmt::FormatParser class template. Every fmt::FormatParser specialization must define a single static member function:

Type parse(InStream* ins, const Format& format)

See the built-in fmt::FormatParser specializations for examples.