Got that experience? The experience where you’re talking about XML with some of your friends or family and they look at you in that way. That “Gosh, you’re such a geek”-look. I haven’t had that experience, but you might have. After talking to some of your close friends a bit more, you find out why they were giving you that look. “Don’t you know it man? XML is for wussies. Where have you been man?”
Apparantly, they’re not as cool as you thought. XML’s for people who were raised by angle brackets, it’s a fabricated world they live in. Damn. Who would’ve thought that? What should you do? And in particular, what should you do with your favourite shirt?
The real guys, so you learn—the ones that get all the chicks—use YAML. And YAML Ain’t Markup Language. Markup is like make-up. You don’t use make-up either, do you?
You computer geeks live in your own little world. With your brackets in their curly, square and angle shapes. You think you’re cool, don’t you? Let me show the difference between your geek world and the real YAML world:
Your shopping lists look like this:
<shoppinglist> <item>New hard drive (200Gb)</item> <item>Big-ass stereo</item> <item>Natural keyboard, without M$ keys</item> </shoppinglist>
Our shopping lists look like this:
- Vegetables - Macaroni - Hooverphonic CDs
Your personal phonebook looks like this:
<phonebook> <person> <name>R. Stallman</name> <number>1 555 23223</number> </person> <person> <name>L. Torvalds</name> <number>1 555 728172</number> </person> </phonebook>
Ours look like this:
# Phonebook of cool people --- Name: Britney Spears Phone: 1 232 32131 --- Name: Kevin Federline Phone: 1 232 32131 --- Name: Christina Ricci Phone: 1 232 54544 --- Name: Lindsay Lohan Phone: 1 555 2847
I asked Britney Spears, full-time hot chick, and this is what she said:
That says it all. Welcome to cool people’s world.