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Re^2: getting more from __DATA__

by Ctrl-z (Friar)
on Mar 26, 2005 at 18:39 UTC ( #442532=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: getting more from __DATA__
in thread getting more from __DATA__

like it. nice one ;-)

Its kind of tricky as there is no guarantee what the content of each segment is... I suppose there could be a reserved hashkey that automatically gets ignored:

__rem__ this is the foo part... __foo__ etc etc
is that what you were thinking?




time was, I could move my arms like a bird and...

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Re^3: getting more from __DATA__
by hsmyers (Canon) on Mar 28, 2005 at 16:42 UTC
    No, I was just thinking of something along the lines of a 'if first character of the line is semi-colon, then ignore' style of comment. Easy to parse and allows bread crumbs in the forest...

    --hsm

    "Never try to teach a pig to sing...it wastes your time and it annoys the pig."

      What if "if first character of the line is semi-colon, then ignore" is a valid syntax in the embedded text?

      Thats what I meant by being tricky - any special syntax you create on top, could interfere with whats embedded inside. Then you need an escape mechanism...which is a drag to implement for both author and user :-).

      Commenting would be useful, but I cant really think of another way to avoid that catch 22?




      time was, I could move my arms like a bird and...
        I understand your dilemma. The trade off between the value of comments versus folks who have semi-colons in column one has to be considered. How about a comment character selection as part of the interface? I.e. default it to semi-colon or percent sign in first column ( or even anywhere ) and allow the user to specify.

        --hsm

        "Never try to teach a pig to sing...it wastes your time and it annoys the pig."

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