Re: [Boost-bugs] [Boost C++ Libraries] #4786: custom property_tree

Subject: Re: [Boost-bugs] [Boost C++ Libraries] #4786: custom property_tree
From: Boost C++ Libraries (noreply_at_[hidden])
Date: 2012-03-21 13:40:45

#4786: custom property_tree
  Reporter: anonymous | Owner: cornedbee
      Type: Feature Requests | Status: new
 Milestone: To Be Determined | Component: property_tree
   Version: Boost 1.44.0 | Severity: Problem
Resolution: | Keywords: property_tree

Comment (by saleyn):

 Replying to [comment:8 cornedbee]:
> I can see the point in making the JSON parser variant-tree-aware. JSON
 is already typed, after all, and the current parser throws away
> But all this talk about how to shoehorn INFO into a typed tree doesn't
 make sense to me. INFO is not any official format. It was invented by the
 original PTree author specifically for string ptrees. If you want types,
 then why not just adjust the format to allow type annotations?

 IMHO, INFO is a very succinct and convenient format. It's conceptually
 very similar to Erlang term encoding format, which is quite popular. In
 fact most of dynamically typed languages use standard implicit rules to
 parse 1234 as integers, 234.5 or 2.345e2 as floats, "1234" as strings, and
 true or false as booleans (just like JSON protocol does, except that it
 doesn't distinguish integers from floats and treats them as "number").
 So, adapting that idea to the INFO parser so that it can use a custom
 translator to allow a user to take advantage of that extra metadata
 wouldn't be that bad.

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