Re: changes file format
> I completely fail to understand why anyone is promoting this format.
> It is ugly, and my format is machine readable too.
But Ian, almost _any_ format can be made machine readable -- but
Bill's format is _easily_ machine readable -- you could slap together
a whole bunch of ways to read it. I'm very much against going all out
for "beauty" when you can have a nice compromise between beauty and
I just had to deal with such a problem with our people who make up the
Faculty and Staff directory at my school. They _insist_ on making it
in Word. So I get very nice looking ascii text:
Jim Robinson Library 371
Network Administrator Network, Room 6
Simon's Rock College
Great Barrington, MA 01230
That is an absolute nightmare to pull apart -- the second "column"
format is constantly changing, as is the little "extras" they add for
people with more then one phone: "334 Tue, 320 Mon-Fri" in the phone
section, and so on!
Jim Robinson (jimr): Network Administrator
Phone: (413) 528-7371
Fax: (413) 528-7380
Internet mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Now, the information content is slightly different, but I find the
latter just as "readable" if not as pretty. The latter format is also
much easier to pull apart with code.
> Are you saying it looks anywhere near as nice as mine ? (Ra ra ra
> format wars.) This sounds really childish, I suppose, but there is an
> important issue here: having our release announcements and changelog
> files look good and be easily readable is important.
> Given that both formats are machine-readable and that they have almost
> exactly the same content there seems little reason to choose the
> uglier of the two.
Hmm, in perl your format is easy to pull apart, in his, perl, awk, and
cut could do it with no problem. I don't know -- I just squirm at
having to deal with database like information without keys. I usually
want to do things with database like information, and if I have to
write a context-dependent parser, it gets irritating.
> > I also happen to like seeing the MD5SUM and file size information.
> In my format you can pass the md5sum information to `md5sum -c'.
To check it? That is nice. Perhaps you two can merge formats --
somehow get a "key" field in there? Let's stop bickering, and start
trying to really help one another. This is getting as tiresome to
watch as the Matt/Ian/Stephen/<me on occasion> wars.