Balanced Delimiters

March 2, 2012

These interview questions are addicting; I have to stop with them and get on something else. But one more won’t hurt:

Write a function that takes a string and determines if the delimiters in the string are balanced. The pairs of delimiters are (), [], {}, and <>, and delimiters may be nested. In addition, determine that string delimiters ‘ and ” are properly matched; other delimiters lose their magical delimiter-ness property within quoted strings. Any delimiter is escaped if it follows a backslash.

Your task is to write the function to determine if a string has balanced delimiters. When you are finished, you are welcome to read or run a suggested solution, or to post your own solution or discuss the exercise in the comments below.

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