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Parse date time string with spirit

, 19 Mar 2008 CPOL
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A sample show how to parse date with boost spirit framework


This article include a sample show how to use boost spirit framework parse a date time string like "1999-01-20T00:01:22".


The XML schema define the date time format like this "2000-01-30T00:10:20+1".

Using the code

First create your parser

struct myparser: public grammar<myparser>
  template <typename ScannerT>
  struct definition
    definition(myparser const& self)
      first = int_p[assign(self.date_.year_)] >> "-" >> int_p[assign(self.date_.month_)] 
      >> "-" >> int_p[assign(self.date_.day_)] >> "T" >> int_p[assign(self.date_.hour_)] 
      >> ":" >> int_p[assign(self.date_.minute_)] >> ":" >> int_p[assign(self.date_.second_)] ;
    rule<ScannerT> first;
    rule<ScannerT> const&
    start() const { return first; }
  myparser(date& d):date_(d){};
  date& date_;

Then invoke the parser:

bool parse_date(char const* str, date& d)
  myparser p(d);
  return parse(str, p).full;

Points of Interest

This parser can be improved to support more flexible format



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Comments and Discussions

QuestionOverkill? PinmemberPatLeCat20-Mar-08 4:05 
Is Spirit really well advised for such a small and static structure? A simple regex or even an STL find() would do the trick.
I must admit, that I haven't seen a really clever example which shows a Spirit based solution which is easier than other approaches.
AnswerRe: Overkill? PinmemberComaWhite8616-Nov-08 11:33 

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