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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • How does YAML compare to XML in terms of heaviness, then? I thought YAML was supposed to be a lightweight configuration language. If not, then I really don't see why people wouldn't just use XML or .ini-style config files.
    • YAML’s syntax is very lightweight, but extremely complex. If you only use the simple constructs, it ends up looking very clean and human-readable, but there are a lot of complex (ie. hard to explain to non-techies) constructs, and they all rely on funny (read: obfuscatory) punctuation.

      XML has rather heavyweight syntax, but there are far fewer constructs than YAML has. It’s not really designed for rigidly and heavily structured things like data structures; it lends itself much better to

    • If I can use the machine-readable vs geek-readable vs human-readable differentation, then I can sum up the difference as the following.

      Binary file formats are machine-readable, but NOT geek-readable or human-readable.

      This makes them small and compact, but very hard for developers to handle and work with, because it requires you be highly intimate to do anything at all.

      XML is machine-readable AND geek-readable, but not human-readable. The format is designed for machines, but are done in a human-enough way t