From: David Abrahams (david.abrahams_at_[hidden])
Date: 2001-11-16 15:46:57
<statement><noun>XML</noun> is the opposite of an "easy interface",
even for programmers.</statement></opinion>
Phew! I couldn't even keep it up long enough to tag everything.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Henrik Ravn" <henrik_at_[hidden]>
Sent: Friday, November 16, 2001 11:40 AM
Subject: RE: [boost] arguments parsing, wildcard matcher
> > It occurs to me that even in the simplest cases, the
> > programmer probably needs to write the "usage" output which
> > responds to --help or incorrect options. A truly easy-to-use
> > interface would read and interpret the "usage" text, so that
> > the programmer hardly needs to do anything else. I have no
> > idea how feasible that is...
> Neat idea!
> Perhaps it could be done via some form of xml-driven description...
> Something along the lines of:
> <option name="Verbose" match="v,verbose"
> Descriptive text for the usage text goes here
> <!-- etc etc -->
> Now, if you just want to parse a few options and a file name, including
> a full xml-parser may well be considered overkill, but perhaps an
> xml->.hpp translation tool could do the trick?
> be well
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