Recommended "new" way for config files

r0g at
Fri Jan 8 15:57:20 CET 2010

Chris Rebert wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 7, 2010 at 10:19 AM, Peter <vmail at> wrote:
> <snip>
>>> The .ini file is the simpliest solution, at least from the user point of
>>> view, no need to learn any python syntax.
>> I am speaking from the point of view of a python programmer, and I find the
>> .ini restrictions not necessarily simple, for example when dealing with
>> structured data (I suppose it is trivial to specify a dictionnary or a list
>> for the purpose of my request) For example, configuration files for the
>> logging module get unwieldy when you specify several loggers , handlers,
>> formatters etc, because you have to break down structured data ( objects )
>> to name,value pairs.
> <snip>
>> So what is the "worshipped" approach, when you need more than name=value
>> pairs ?
> JSON is one option:
> Cheers,
> Chris
> --

Yes, JSON is rapidly becoming a standard for stuff like this as it's
widely portable and less bulky than XML. It's the native format for
couchdb too which is nice if you want to replicate and share the
contents of your documents.


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