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[Chicken-users] Grumpy comments on eggs and an idea.

From: Matt Welland
Subject: [Chicken-users] Grumpy comments on eggs and an idea.
Date: Mon, 5 Sep 2011 18:26:11 -0700

A sordid tale of woe with a happy ending....

After a long day of work and being very much in the mode of "just getting the job done" I ran into the need to parse csv. Cool. I know that there is an egg for that. After installing the csv egg I looked at the documentation and my heart sunk. This was not an egg written for mortals but for scheme Gods, something I am not now nor ever will be. I thought that perhaps the Chicken 3 egg (which I knew to be usable by mere mortals) would compile under chicken 4.X and went to dig for the code but on the way I happened across the eggs page, odd, what is csv-xml? It sounded complicated but proved to be the old, easy to use code! Add "(use csv-xml) and a single line of code (csv->list ...) and I was done.

This gave me an idea for an enhancement to the eggs page. How about adding tags to eggs and a mechanism to filter on the tags at the top of the page? I'm not suggesting that this is a high priority but maybe something that could be added the next time those pages are refactored.

Some useful tags might be: application, alpha, beta, production, advanced, for-geniuses-only

Just a thought.

Oh, and thank you to both the csv and csv-xml egg authors. Even though I can't easily figure out how to use the csv egg I'm certain it is very elegant and powerful and although the name threw me off I very much appreciate the continued availability and simplicity of the csv-xml egg.



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