The Journal - a proposed syslog replacement
Posted Nov 23, 2011 22:12 UTC (Wed) by cas
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But then, once you have a standardised text format, why not save some space and processing time with an efficient binary serialization of XML/JSON/YAML/what-have-you?
- space is irrelevant these days. multi-terabyte disks are cheap, readily available consumer products
- in my experience, XML etc *greatly* complicates most jobs, increasing processing time, difficulty of programming, difficulty of understanding WTF is going on. it turns what should be a quick and simple one liner to extract information into a multi-hour programming effort reading API docs, parsing the data in whatever obscured format it's in (and possibly parsing other things like the DTD).
- it's completely missing the point of XML, JSON, YAML etc - they're data *transfer* protocols, not data *storage* methods. their purpose is to unambiguosly transfer data from one system to another, not to store data in yet another obscure special purpose file format
- it violates the KISS principle. but, then, everything Lennart is involved in does that.
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