20 Apr '12, 3pm
Chuck Vose's comment made me realize that the universal extprot message decoder can be simplified considerably if I simply deserialize the data and let Ruby do the pretty-printing for me (#inspect). I now have a 120 LoC universal decoder that can deserialize any message (without the original protocol definition), and can exchange data between OCaml and Ruby, the first extprot targets. But before I come to that, some clarifications on Ruby's Marshal vs. extprot are in order. What's the point? Why use extprot instead of Marshal.dump ? Marshal has been a core Ruby class forever. It is written in C, fairly fast (it's the fastest way to (de)serialize Ruby data, at any rate), and convenient to use: you just give it an object (nearly any object), and you get a string. Give it a string, and your object's back. Why would anybody want to use anything else? In fact, there are a few r...