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Re^2: is XML too hard?

by diotalevi (Canon)
on Mar 17, 2003 at 20:18 UTC ( #243781=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: is XML too hard?
in thread is XML too hard?

And of course, "datastructure" is data plus context. That's exactly what XML provides. It is a "datastructure" format.


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Re: Re^2: is XML too hard?
by zby (Vicar) on Mar 17, 2003 at 20:31 UTC
    It is. I don't say that it is not. I just say it is not a good one. By good one I define one that would be efficient in describing the datastructures we encounter most frequently in our programming practice - a general one. XML is well suited for describing structure in text document's not general programming datastructures.

    The issue is quite subtle - but look at XML::Simple. It tries to make a tree datastructure from XML file, but to do it it needs to make so many gueses that for quite uncomplicated structures you get anomalies - for instance when you save the structure build from XML and get some entirely different XML.

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