[Mongrel] [OT] Ragel and FSM tutorials

Erik Hetzner erik.hetzner at ucop.edu
Tue Apr 10 13:00:51 EDT 2007

At Tue, 3 Apr 2007 12:26:13 -0400,
"Jim Hogue" <jjhogue at sbcglobal.net> wrote:
> (Off topic, but just in case others are interested :-).
> You should probably take a look at some computer science college level
> theory books.  Look for "Automata Theory", "Turing machines",
> "deterministic finite automation", and "non-deterministic finite
> automation".  The turning machine is the classic example.


Just to clarify, a Turing machine is not a finite automata but a more
powerful kind of theoretical device.

But this really isn’t the place. Start here
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finite_state_machine>, skip the formal
definition at first, understand how a FSM can recognize regular
languages, and you’re on your way. The Sipser book referenced is
pretty good, in my opinion.

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