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Re: Light weight support for JSON

From: G. Branden Robinson
Subject: Re: Light weight support for JSON
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2022 13:56:31 -0500

At 2022-08-28T14:11:25-0400, Lawrence Velázquez wrote:
> I do not think bash needs to sprout functionality to support every
> data-exchange format of the month.

This sentiment is illustrative of the logarithmic memory scale of
grognards.  The Bourne shell was first released as part of Version 7
Unix in January 1979.[1]  22 years and three months later, in April
2001, Douglas Crockford and Chip Morningstar sent the first JSON

> A loadable module might be okay, I guess.

How about next July, when JSON is as exactly old as the Bourne shell was
when JSON was deployed?

> Why are people so allergic to just using specific utilities for
> specific tasks, as appropriate?  (This question is rhetorical.
> Please do not respond with an impassioned plea about why JSON is
> so special that it deserves first-class shell support.  It's not.)

I won't litigate this point, but your concept of novelty is distorted
beyond any standard reasonable in the computer industry.  If we are only
as young as we feel, you must feel geriatric in the extreme.


[1] https://minnie.tuhs.org/cgi-bin/utree.pl?file=V7
[2] https://www.toptal.com/web/json-vs-xml-part-1

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