shilling for my feature request [1926]

Alex Tweedly alex at tweedly.net
Sun Aug 22 15:25:25 CDT 2004


At 12:56 22/08/2004 -0700, Jeanne A. E. DeVoto wrote:

>At 10:27 AM -0700 8/20/2004, Mark Brownell wrote:
>>I finally found what I was looking for in the basic core for all my 
>>pull-parser needs. With the help of those at Run Rev this was found:
>[ ...]
>The functionality sounds good, but may I put in a vote for readable 
>syntax, instead of this C-like horror? ;-) For example, this one has been 
>discussed pretty extensively on the Xtalk list:
>
>   get the offsets of "<a>" in "<a>foo</a><a>bar</a><a>baz</a>"
>
>returning either the array as above (although I'm a bit allergic to arrays 
>in cases where they're not absolutely needed - difficult to display for 
>debugging, etc.),

<hot button>
The fact that arrays aren't displayed in the debugger is a deficiency of 
the debugger and ought to be fixed, not an inherent problem of arrays. It 
could be associated with displaying multiple lines (e.g. using "\n" or 
"<cr><lf> or ....) in the debugger.

Nevertheless, returning a comma-separated list would be much nicer than an 
array.

>  or, as in most return values, a simple comma-delimited list: 1,10,20.

-- Alex.


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