Eric S. Raymond
esr at thyrsus.com
Sun Oct 16 19:14:19 UTC 2016
Hal Murray <hmurray at megapathdsl.net>:
> esr at thyrsus.com said:
> > About CSV, while I'm not opposed to it we have a practice guideline to use
> > JSON for machine-parseable output. One reason is that JSON is better at
> > being self-describing - the field names give you clues that CSV doesn't.
> CSV is readable by eye without a lot of effort. JSON is close to encrypted.
Say *what*? Uh, I can only conjecture that you don't have a lot of actual
experience with JSON.
> Many CSV files have a comment line on top with the field names.
Good idea. Gonna be *mandatory* for anybody generating CSV in our
pond. Also strict conformance to RFC4180, at pain of my extreme
displeasure. Data formats that aren't well-standardized and
self-describing give me hives - they always, always, *always* cause
trouble down the road.
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