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Re: Printing data structures as HTML

by stvn (Monsignor)
on Aug 14, 2004 at 15:05 UTC ( #382973=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Printing data structures as HTML

What kind of arbitrary perl data structures are you trying to render (they are not all created equal)? Are you looking for something quick and dirty for debugging purposes? Or more stable for UI purposes? Is there an issue with using Javascript (you seem to imply that with the Data::TreeDumper::Renderer::DHTML comment)? Do you really want it in HTML, or do you just need to see it in the browser? I ask these questions because there are a number of ways you could do this.

If you have an array of hashes, a few scalars and want a nice UI, you could very easily use HTML::Template.

If you need to see your structure for debugging purposes, then the output of Data::Dumper wrapped in a PRE tag is usually sufficient (IMO of course).

If this is for a UI, is it really an arbitrary data-structure? I would expect that there is some consistency and logic to it if it is meant to be displayed in a UI, otherwise you might want to rethink your UI (IMO consitency is a major factor in the usability of a UI).

The more details you provide, the better we can answer your question.


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