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Re: Guile as a Settings Format

From: Thien-Thi Nguyen
Subject: Re: Guile as a Settings Format
Date: Mon, 19 Jul 2010 10:38:21 +0200
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() Luiji Maryo <address@hidden>
() Sat, 17 Jul 2010 19:57:41 -0400

   Is it acceptable to use Guile as a settings file format or is another
   format, such as XML, preferred by the GNU community?

I think so, if by "Guile" you mean "sexps that Guile can ‘read’".
E.g., see X protocol, converted from XML:

A sexp affords a richer set of fundamental and aggregate types, basically.
In contrast, XML "types" require rehydration.

Since proper validation (a purported advantage of using XML) requires
substantial type information, you end up doing more work: rehydration then
validation.  WOMBAT tech; avoid.


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