Golang : How to check if input string is a word?

Problem :

I'm writing a parser and I need to determine if the user input is a word or something else? How to do that?

Solution :

Use the IsWordChar() function from syntax/regexp package. For example :

NOTE : This solution is for ASCII-only: the word characters are [A-Za-z0-9_].

 package main

 import (

 func main() {

  word1 := []rune("alpha")
  word2 := rune('吃') // no need for array if for single rune
  word3 := []rune("1234")
  word4 := []rune(" $#$^@#$ ")

  ok := syntax.IsWordChar(word1[0])

  fmt.Printf("%v is a word ? : %v \n", string(word1), ok)

  ok = syntax.IsWordChar(word2)

  fmt.Printf("%v is a word ? : %v \n", string(word2), ok)

  ok = syntax.IsWordChar(word3[0])

  fmt.Printf("%v is a word ? : %v \n", string(word3), ok)

  ok = syntax.IsWordChar(word4[0])

  fmt.Printf("%v is a word ? : %v \n", string(word4), ok)


Output :

alpha is a word ? : true

吃 is a word ? : false

1234 is a word ? : true

$#$^@#$ is a word ? : false

Reference :


  See also : Golang : How to tokenize source code with text/scanner package?

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