CPAN Module Review: Data::Dump::Streamer

by chromatic

Working with complex, nested data structures takes practice and patience. It helps to be able to visualize your data. Data::Dumper is one of the oldest and most widely used modules because it does what it says -- it serializes a Perl data structure to its equivalent Perl code.

It's not a perfect module, though. Its default output is a little verbose (if customizable), it can use a lot of memory, and it can be slow. It also doesn't handle complex references well.

Data::Dump::Streamer is a newer alternative that works better in some cases. Here's what I learned from playing with it one afternoon.


K. L. Estes
2006-05-12 06:10:26
Is your module a streamer ? Nudge, nudge, wink, wink...