Aaron Bartell skrev:
If you think about how a parser works it has to check each and every
character to see if it has discovered data, a begin delimiter, and end
delimiter, etc. The less characters it has to check the better IMO.
If you want something that is not a fixed format, you will need to parse. XML parsers vary but are generally quite fast. But again, measure - the performance bottlenecks are usually not where you think when you start.

Personally, the comfort of being able to easily handle complex data structures transparently is worth a lot.


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