I have a fundamental disagreement with what pack used to be - it's too stringish... =)
the printf and unpack syntaxes always bothered me because they are akin to 'eval'ing, more than they are to quasi quoting. I like your Pack object - that is the parsed template, but I'd also like to be able to generate these templates with a programmatic interface that isn't string concatenation... Is it just a simple data structure? Or do you have anything in mind? Will we have more powerful nesting? I think this is in order nowadays. Actually, to be really wicked, I think that packing is just applying rules in reverse (this is tricky and indeterminate, since there are no alternatives or options in unpacking/packing), and unpacking is the opposite, with two exceptions: captures are converted by looking at the binary data and interpreting it, not just stuffing it in a string the syntax is different Anywho, I like your proposal, but i'd like some even fresher ideas into pack and unpack, so i'm just trying to kick the thread around... -- () Yuval Kogman <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> 0xEBD27418 perl hacker & /\ kung foo master: /me kicks %s on the nose: neeyah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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