Glad to see everybody is on board.  Data::Dumper is basically my life blood.

> Yes I do. And pluggableness would be a great thing. As would be a good
> handling of recursive data structures. And a Data::Loader.

I am a lot more for storing info as a dumped persistant object.  There are also
the Freeze/Thaw modules in the perl distribution which are useful in similar
ways.  I often switch between binary and text dumps depending on the
application.

Usually text is good enough.

In perl, loading a dumped object doenst require anything special.

Its perl syntax, though it does not handle anonymous methods :-(, so loading it
is as simple as:

$structure = eval $dumped_string ;

The generic dump starts w/ '$VAR1 =' ... so you have to declare that w/ my
$VAR1  ;

Pretty neat, I think :-)

Rather than XML Marshalling stuff, I'd like to see a perl/ruby translator, for
efficency, of course.

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