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Re: What is a lightweight language
Paul Prescod <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> email@example.com wrote:
> > Paul Prescod <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> > > In my experience it takes roughly one line in C, Perl, Python or almost
> > > any language. Typically the line instantiates a parser object and hands
> > > it a filename. Not unlike READ.
> > It may take one line to *invoke* the reader, but to implement it? On
> > my windows2000 machine msxml3.dll is a megabyte of code. On the
> > other hand, CormanLispServer.dll is 300 K.
> Why would an end-user care how much effort it takes to implement an XML
Because things that are hard to implement are hard to implement correctly.
> Today, operating systems and programming language distributions ship
> with an XML parser already installed.
A 100% compliant one?
> Anyhow, MSXML implements far more than an XML parser. It is a COM object
> exposing SAX, DOM, XPath and XSLT. Still, there is no doubt that
> S-expressions parsers will always be smaller if only because
> S-expressions don't have to deal with any Unicode issues.
I don't see what unicode has to do with anything.