Bill Atkins wrote:
> Rather than having code like this:
> 
> flags, ignore, length, name = data.unpack "nnna*"
> 
> let's try this:
> 
> u = Unpacker.new data
> flags, ignore, length, name = u.word, u.word, u.word, u.string
> 
> I think this looks a lot neater and is much more maintainable.  A
> similar thing could be done with pack.
> 
> p = Packer.new
> p.word 0x01
> p.word 0x00
> p.word 0x08
> p.string "ERERER"
> 
> p.to_s => packed version
> 
> Any ideas on this before I draft it up into a real RCR?
> 
> Bill Atkins
> 
> .
> 

I'm for it. I actually wrote up a couple of utility classes to (more or 
less) do just this for me, for the Net::SSH stuff. Dealing directly with 
pack/unpack makes my head hurt after a while.

-- 
Jamis Buck
jgb3 / email.byu.edu
http://www.jamisbuck.org/jamis

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