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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • I've never wanted to use a GUI generator because I didn't want to use pregenerated code. It's like hand-optimizing the assembler that comes out of your compiler. The author of Loft apparently thinks like I do.

    Now, my ideal would be your GUI builder creates some kind of text file that specifies the GUI, and you have a preprocessor (read compiler) that turns that text file into code. So then you add a suffix rule to your makefile, and voila! And it's a text file, so it'll stand up (sort of) in version c

    J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
    • I totally agree that text is so much more useful than a binary format. Actually the first versions of The GUI Loft used Data::Dumper for storage (it still can read those files).

      Some large data structures didn't go well with Data::Dumper, so I switched to Storable with some hesitation (Data::Denter was an option too, but it's too slow and needs an Inline implementation). I've found that the problem isn't there when using the Perl-only implementation of Data::Dumper, so the Data::Dumper support will return at some point.

      Lately there has been requests to be able to dump to XML, and I plan on doing that if I can only find a decent XML dumper module. Data::DumpXML might be the way to go judging from this node: