XML alternatives [was Re: [Beowulf] What services do you run on your cluster nodes?]
hodgestar at gmail.com
Fri Sep 26 03:56:16 PDT 2008
On Fri, Sep 26, 2008 at 1:11 AM, Joe Landman
<landman at scalableinformatics.com> wrote:
> YAML is nice until you accidentally change indentation. Then the game is
> over. Having bolluxed up many fortran codes in my (distant past), I have to
> say "just say no" to things *requiring* indentation. In YAML's case, it
> suffers from the same problem with Python (yeah, I am gonna get some nasty
> dirty emails now). Structure by indentation is IMO *evil*. I have heard
> that GvR actually agrees with this, though that is 3rd order hearsay.
Unlike C where getting the bracket nesting wrong can never mess up the
code and no one has ever been caught out by the indenting not matching
Fortran was bad because you had to line things up in particular
columns . The "significant whitespace is bad" was really just a
slogan for "we don't like how early versions of Fortran did things".
Python (and Haskell) don't work like early Fortran did either.
 This seems to have been the result of mapping the code to punch cards.
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