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Parsing a postfix expression in C#, my naive approach

By , 21 Dec 2010
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For those who like dense code, here is a sample Smile | :)
- Make the dictionary static readonly, init directly
- Swap the arguments in the lambda expressions and call by direct pop from the stack
- Make the regex simpler and put the logic of parsing into the Exec (the regex only tokenizes the string)
- Use Linq extensions for iterating over the matches (debatable, though)
This code is not really good code - but it shows some alternate techniques.
Have fun!
class RPNCalc
    private static readonly Dictionary<string, Func<int, int, int>> oper = new Dictionary<string, Func<int, int, int>>()
        { "+", (b,a) => a + b }, { "-", (b,a) => a - b }, { "*", (b,a) => a * b }, { "/", (b,a) => a / b }
    private Stack<int> stack = new Stack<int>();
    private string Exec
    { set { stack.Push(oper.ContainsKey(value) ? oper[value](stack.Pop(), stack.Pop()) : int.Parse(value)); } }
    public int Calc(string s)
    { new Regex(@"\s*(\d+|[-+*/])\s*").Matches(s).Cast<Match>().ToList().ForEach(m=>Exec=m.Value); return stack.Peek(); }
class Program
    static void Main(string[] args)
        string expr = "23 5-12*";
        RPNCalc objCalc = new RPNCalc();
        Console.WriteLine("Expr: {0} = {1}", expr, objCalc.Calc(expr));


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GeneralReason for my vote of 5 Nice. PinmvpCPallini2-Jun-11 22:55 

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