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Shlomi Fish
January 15, 2014 22:45
Re: How on earth did we manage to break pack() so badly?
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Hi Johan,

On Wed, 15 Jan 2014 13:53:42 +0100
Johan Vromans <> wrote:

> Shlomi Fish <> writes:
> > There are some CPAN modules like that, including
> > , which was inspired by
> > PyConstruct - .
> This is a good example of implementing the pack/unpack functionality in
> a radically different approach.

Yes, I agree. One potential problem with it is that last time I asked its author
( ) about it he said that speed/performance
were not a priority for it. Perhaps it's different now.

> > For formats, there is Perl6-Form (see
> > ).
> Well, this is just a minimally improved implementation of the
> current functionality. (It's 0.04, ten years old, and Damian's.)

Well, it reflects what was originally planned for Perl 6, and this is the
module that Damian recommends in the book /Perl Best Practices/. Just because
it's version 0.04, does not mean it's not complete (it seems mostly complete),
and it seems to be mostly OK even if not updated ten years ago (see ). The fact that it
is Damian-ware could be an issue, though

> I'd prefer a new implementation to be more MD- or HTML-like.
> See e.g. Data::Report. (Okay, it's 0.10, six years old, and mine.)

What is MD? Markdown? 

Regarding - it seems interesting at
first glance.


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