in reply to Useful usage of formats.

I use format frequently, for creating nicely formatted outputs from reporting functions. Management types love their reports, after all, so there are a bazillion excuses to use formats. Formats are great for presenting columnar data.

The application I'm working on now, in fact, is going to see format tomorrow when I plug in its reporting function. I was all set to use a template engine, but I'd feel bad if I didn't leave something interesting for the maintenance programmer to play with. Besides, it gets me out of truncating overlong strings before handing them off to a template engine.

Yeah, you might be missing out.