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rjbs (4671)

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I'm a Perl coder living in Bethlehem, PA and working Philadelphia. I'm a philosopher and theologan by training, but I was shocked to learn upon my graduation that these skills don't have many associated careers. Now I write code.

Journal of rjbs (4671)

Sunday September 17, 2006
09:04 PM

not dead; lots of news coming

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I have been putting off writing anything down here because I want to wait for some things to be finalized before I talk about all the big stuff that's been keeping me so busy and stressed out, but I thought I'd jot a few things down. If I don't, I never will, and anyway this is a little sign of life.

Today, Gloria and I went out with Katie and Jerome. We got Greek food and saw Little Miss Sunshine. Those were both good ideas. I had a car door close on my finger, which wasn't so good. It was mostly just painful; nothing broke or ruptured, except for maybe some cappillaries. Typing feels weird, but doesn't really hurt very much.

We went way over our cell phone minutes last month. I didn't realize how much the per minute charge was for overages. Yow! I called today to change to a better plan and I was informed that there's a plan that will cost the same, give us twice the minutes, and not require any contract extension. Why did I have to call them to find this out? Still, cool. I am hoping to soon entirely ditch our landline, so this change should help.

At work, I just finished implementing a very bare boned and lightweight RPC system that we're hoping to use in obsoleting some old software. Doing so gave me a chance to play with PyYAML, and I must say: it is totally fantastic. I'd probably have some complaints if I used it for all kinds of insane things, but for doing some non-trivial stuff, it really blows and YAML::Syck out of the water. I am really looking forward to seeing the TPF-sponsored port of PyYAML to Perl. It will make a lot of difference in the way Perl programmers can benefit from YAML.

I think that's about as much as I want to type tonight. I hope to have a lot more to say on Thursday.

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  • So how does it compare to YAML::Tiny? :)
    • Well, I haven't looked at it lately. Last I saw, it didn't support inline content. That means I can't use it: I need to parse YAML created by other languages. Once that works, it will be a lot closer to usable for me.

      Unfortunately, what I really need is tagging support; you and I talked about this a good while ago, and I might write a patch for it. I'm pretty sure it could be done in under 25 lines...