Do You Have ALL the YAML?

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YAML is a file format, and as with many formats, some of us love them and some of us hate them. It seems to be better than XML in many ways, and perhaps easier to deal with the JSON. It might not be better than csv/tsv/delimited formats for large transfers but for many of us, it's a nice format for configuration items.

While the format felt fairly intuitive to me, and it's not hard to write, it is quite persnickety about whitespace. This makes using some plugin, like the Red Hat YAML extension for VS Code, important to help you prevent mistakes. Even as easy as the format can be to read and understand, it's also easy to make mistakes with the whitespace as you indent and try to add subkeys.

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