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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • I was using Data::Phrasebook [] to store my SQL calls and I started out using the XML backend. I then realized I needed a more lenient format because SQL can have >= and <= which is not valid XML. I was caught up in the "Oh! I can learn and use XML for that!" syndrome.

    I switched to the YAML backend and I haven't been happier.

  • "If you don't need a Schema, you don't need XML"

    Excellent summation.

    My reaction to XML has been
    And what was wrong with Lisp that XML fixed?
    At least Lisp didn't bend the brackets until they snapped. With those silly weak pointy brackets, XML needs twice brackets as many as Lisp. XML looks like a failed cross between Lisp and Pascal (all blocks end with a NIGEB keyword, but with brackets too).

    But I like your aphorism better... it won't annoy the people who really do need XML; it provides a discriminen

    # I had a sig when sigs were cool
    use Sig;