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TorgoX (1933)

TorgoX
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Tuesday April 02, 2002
09:18 PM

XML::Parser

[ #3944 ]
Dear Log,

XML::Parser hasn't had a release since 2.30, in October 2000. Why nothing since? Don't tell me it doesn't have any bugs! Or that something as important as XML::Parsers isn't being maintained!

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  • I think it might have something to do with the fact that Clark Cooper has all but disappeared from the face of the planet Earth (a la Enno Derksen of XML::Checker fame). The same issue was raised on the perl-xml mailing list recently. Some guy called Matt Sergeant (whoever he is - grin) made an offer to maintain it.

    I think many of the perl-xml hackers have their attention focused on more "sexy" modules (XML::SAX* or XML::LibXML etc) and XML::Parser has been somewhat forgotten about.
    • Wow, synchronicity! XML-Parser [cpan.org] 2.31 was released earlier today!
      • Yup, all of the above is correct, and also XML::Parser is not all that important, it's on the deprecation slope. As soon as the XS version of XML::SAX::Expat is finished, it'll clearly belong to another age of XML programming. If you write anything now, I'd strongly advise against using XML::Parser directly.

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        -- Robin Berjon [berjon.com]

        • Well, if a neophyte were looking in CPAN for an XML parser, he would pick something called "XML::Parser" anyday, over something with the indecypherable name "XML::Sax::Expat". And if he looks at XML::Parser and sees something that doesn't really work, or is just a heap of cruft, that makes all of Perldom look bad.
          • Yes I know, but what can we do about that? XML::Parser will work, albeit with an awfully old interface, and some of the modern XML stuff missing.

            A newbie coming from another language (ie knowing XML but not Perl) will most likely look for SAX first however, which is already a good point.

            All that can be "fixed" in documentation because I don't think that we're going to pull XML::Parser and replace it with something that works differently.

            Anyway, the faq and site are coming together which

            --

            -- Robin Berjon [berjon.com]

          • Personally I like XML::Parser. It's what I'm used to, does everything I want, and doesn't give me a crufty feeling at all (not like, say, CGI.pm). *shrug*