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Parsers can be a great tool for collecting metadata about a project or automating some of the processes in your workflow. Regardless of whether the parser is a script for gathering a subset of data or a full blown transpiler, relying on regular expressions, string methods, and indices to parse the information you need can get complicated.
FParsec is a parser combinator library written in F# and is an alternative means for parsing text into consumable data structures. Using functional programming techniques like function composition and pattern matching, FParsec provides a way for you to write parsers quickly, easily, and with a syntax that clearly communicates your intent.
This session offers an introduction to the FParsec library as well as the functional programming concepts needed to start using parser combinators. By working through an example parser from first principles towards a more complex use case, you will learn the tools and techniques provided by F# and FParsec for writing accurate and maintainable parsing applications.