Wanted: SIMH VAX VMS tape image tester, take 2

Johnny Billquist bqt at update.uu.se
Sat Dec 20 04:43:28 CST 2014

On 2014-12-20 10:10, Jochen Kunz wrote:
> Am 19.12.14 20:37, schrieb Chuck Guzis:
>> A human-readable ultra lightweight markup language is my choice.
> This requirement sounds pretty much like a call for JSON. Simple,
> extensible, easy to read and write for humans and machines.
>> JSON does require a parser of some sort, so perhaps not a good choice.
> ?????
> Anything requires a parser of some sort. Even something "simple" as a
> "keyword=value" format will require a parser. If you roll your own
> format you are doomed to reinvent the parser wheel. If you use JSON you
> can use one of the various JSON implementations out there. (For C I
> recommend Jansson and for C++ jsoncpp.)
> Chuck, I have been in this hell at work. We didn't settle for a well
> defined format early. We reinvented the wheel. This led to all sorts of
> inconsistencies and ambiguities. At the moment we are in the painful
> process of refactoring everything to migrate to JSON...
> Also keep in mind that JSON is a well defined standard, ECMA-404, and
> many people already know JSON.

JSON is not really that human readable, and even less human editable.

That said - what are people trying to achieve. If someone can explain 
that a bit, maybe I can also join the fun of this argument... :-)


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