Tuesday, January 24, 2006

I prefer Rake to NAnt (#4)

I prefer Yaml for Ruby to the Configuration classes in the .net framework.
Configuration information is often stored in a text file. When using Rake the information can be put into a yaml file that is highly readable and maintainable without all the unnecessary noise.
--- !ruby/object:Configuration 
catalog: cat
data_source: source
password: password
user: jay
Next, you will need to create a Configuration class. Yaml.rb::load will automatically load your configuration information into an instance of the Configuration class.
class Configuration
attr_accessor :user, :password, :data_source, :catalog
At this point you are ready to access your configuration information via methods of the object. The following test verifies the expected behavior.
require 'yaml'
require 'test/unit'

class TestConfiguration < Test::Unit::TestCase
def testYmlLoaded
config = YAML::load(File.open('config.yaml'))
*SciTE formatting

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