A challenge on stackoverflow.com is to come up with a function that uses the smallest amount of

If you're interested, here's the thread/rules:

Code Golf: Evaluating Mathematical Expressions.

And here's the code I came up with. It's a bit ugly, but the goal is to be small. I know I can make it even smaller, but haven't put much time into it.

Any challengers?

*code*(not compiled size) required to evaluate a simple mathematical expression. It's interesting to see the responses in various languages, and I was wondering how small PB can go. Many of the smallest solutions use regular expressions, but I decided not to mess with that for now.If you're interested, here's the thread/rules:

Code Golf: Evaluating Mathematical Expressions.

Write a function that takes a single argument that is a string representation of a simple mathematical expression and evaluates it as a floating point value. A "simple expression" may include any of the following: positive or negative decimal numbers, +, -, *, /, (, ). Expressions use (normal) infix notation. Operators should be evaluated in the order they appear, i.e. not as in BODMAS, though brackets should be correctly observed, of course. The function should return the correct result for any possible expression of this form. However, the function does not have to handle malformed expressions (i.e. ones with bad syntax).

Examples of expressions:

Examples of expressions:

Code:

1 + 3 / -8 = -0.5 (No BODMAS) 2*3*4*5+99 = 219 4 * (9 - 4) / (2 * 6 - 2) + 8 = 10 1 + ((123 * 3 - 69) / 100) = 4 2.45/8.5*9.27+(5*0.0023) = 2.68...

Code:

#COMPILE EXE FUNCTION PBMAIN () AS LONG ? STR$(E("1 + 3 / -8")) ? STR$(E("2*3*4*5+99")) ? STR$(E("4 * (9 - 4) / (2 * 6 - 2) + 8")) ? STR$(E("1 + ((123 * 3 - 69) / 100)")) ? STR$(E("2.45/8.5*9.27+(5*0.0023)")) END FUNCTION DEFDBL E,f,i,z,q,a,v,o DEFSTR s,c,k,p FUNCTION E(s) i=LEN(s) DO IF MID$(s,i,1)="("THEN q=INSTR(i,s,")") s=LEFT$(s,i-1)+STR$(E(MID$(s,i+1,q-i-1)))+MID$(s,q+1) END IF i-=1 LOOP UNTIL i=0 k="+-*/" DIM p(PARSECOUNT(s,ANY k)) PARSE s,p(),ANY k a=VAL(p(0)) FOR i=1TO LEN(s) c=MID$(s,i,1) q=INSTR(k,c) IF q THEN z+=1 IF o=0 THEN o=q ELSE p(z)=c+p(z) IF TRIM$(p(z))<>"" THEN v=VAL(p(z)) a=CHOOSE(o,a+v,a-v,a*v,a/v) o=0 END IF END IF NEXT E=a END FUNCTION