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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Until the last few opinionated sentences, I don't think it qualifies as flamebait or FUD at all. The Perl XML modules are a mess and a PITA to install and, if Jarkko's grumblings over Unicode and just how far Perl5 is from having real 'standard' Unicode support, then there may be some truth in what he says. I still really haven't figured out what XML is good for though either :)

    • I think he is missing that perl programmers tend to approach XML in a different manner to Java programmers.

      For example there are far more options in perl for parsing, creating, transforming and handling xml than in java.

      Not to mention perls ability to munge the data itself outside of validation. Why invoke all the overhead of an tree or parser object simply to output or parse in simple xml?

      For example I create Dia XML using Template Toolkit. Parsing info into an object and making the objects methods a

      @JAPH = qw(Hacker Perl Another Just);
      print reverse @JAPH;