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Re: is XML too hard?

by Solo (Deacon)
on Mar 17, 2003 at 21:02 UTC ( #243796=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to is XML too hard?

Is this a wishlist question? Whoo-hoo!

I wish...

  1. to never think about encoding again
  2. default namespaces would Do What I Mean
  3. for a DBD::XML::File, or somesuch, that works a little like DBD::CSV. Specify a directory for the database, a file (or files) for the table and treat XQL and XPath like SQL statements.
  4. for a DBD::XML::URI, or somesuch, that works a little like DBD::XML::File but has a nifty URI mechanism.

    --Solo

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[Eily]: you could tie a variable into not having the same value each time, if you like to make people who try to debug your code facepalm
[Corion]: perl -wle 'package o; use overload q("") => sub {warn "str"; ""}, bool => sub{warn "bool"; 1}; package main; my $o={}; bless $o => o; print "Yay" if ($o && !length($o))'
[Corion]: But people writing such code should document the objects they construct and why it makes sense for an object to be invisible as string while being true in a boolean context
[hippo]: That's equal parts clever and horrendous.
[Eily]: the overload version wouldn't return true with "$x" && !length $x though, I guess
[hippo]: The more I look at this code, the more $x is a plain old scalar and the more this condition will never be true. I'm calling it a bug at this point.
[hippo]: Thanks for your input which has soothed my sanity (a little)
[Corion]: Eily: Sure - if you force both things into stringy things, then you break that magic. But that would also mean that you changed the expression, as now $x = 0.00 will be true instead of false as it were before
[Corion]: Ah no, at least in my feeble experiments that doesn't change the meaning
[Corion]: We sell sanity in small packages ;)

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