[Ironruby-core] How can IronRuby replace XML?

Mark Ryall mark.ryall at gmail.com
Tue Dec 15 04:32:31 EST 2009

That aspect of the blog entry was a little unclear.

I'm not a big fan of XML.  XML has used for all sorts of different
purposes - object serialisation, application configuration, etc. -
although simpler alternatives exist, not all of these are completely
evil.  These applications could not really be described as using XML
as dynamic language.

YAML is just another markup language and isn't specifically associated
with ruby - there are YAML parsers for every programming language. It
can be used as a drop in replacement for these sorts of uses of XML
(object serialisation and configuration).

One application of XML that can be avoided by using ruby is msbuild.
Build scripting needs to be quick and convenient so ant, nant and
msbuild have this awkward xml based representation of tasks/targets.
If you want to extend these tools, you need to compile some code and
load it in to your build file.  In this context I guess you could
describe XML being used as a dynamic language.  Instead of this ugly
and awkward approach, you can use something like rake which is an
internal DSL for creating builds.

XAML is another attempt at creating a dynamic language with XML and
ASP.NET is another.  Both could be replaced with a more elegant and
expressive ruby DSL.

Is that the sort of thing you had in mind Jimmy?

On Tue, Dec 15, 2009 at 7:17 PM, Shay Friedman <shay.friedman at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi there,
> Jimmy wrote in one of his latests posts that Ruby can replace XML. I didn't
> understand this statement because XML files are static configuration files
> (and Ruby also has an equivalent - YAML)...
> How can Ruby code replace XML files?
> Thanks!
> Shay.
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