[development] 4.8/5.0: Modules, the install system, and directories

Bèr Kessels ber at webschuur.com
Wed Feb 22 18:36:27 UTC 2006

Op woensdag 22 februari 2006 17:45, schreef Dries Buytaert:
> If we can use .ini-files, we should.  No need to invent our own file
> format/parser.  PHP has built-in functionality to parse .ini-files:
>   http://php.net/parse_ini_file

May I introduce you all to YAML?
Yaml has the power of XML but the simplicity of INI.
 you can store any PHP^D^D^DRuby variable in yaml
 you can store any SQL database as YAML (true)
 you can store simple stuff like structured data in a very simple way. (true)
</cynical RoR plugging>

But other that that. I am not keen on ini. Not even on YAML. let alone on XML. 


We all write PHP. We all know it. Why not use it? why learn some new markup, 
some YAML, or some INI syntax, when we all even dream PHP.

I ask you, what is the difference between:

LeetBox_info() {
return array(
  'version' => '1.2.548'
  'description' => 'this is teh leetest module evah: I tell you'
  'depends' => array ('1337', 'forum', 'FooBar');

[LeetBox info]
version: 1.2.548
description: this is teh leetest module evah[colon] I tell you #if you need 
a : or a ; please use [colon] or [semicolon] instead
depends:1337, forum, FooBar #please use ! if your name needs a comma


Those few ascii thingies? Imagine all the benefit of PHP: Unicode *cough*, 
t()-abiltiy, not having to learn YAML etc. Imagine all those libs in Drupal 
that one can (ab)use. etc.

I see one main difference: PHP means stuff to me, that ini thing requires me 
to look up the syntax, to find ways around issues long fixed in PHP and above 
all to lean something new that I will not use anywhere else anyway!


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