This is probably more suited to the ruby-core mailing list, but as I
am not following that list regularly any longer I’ll bring it up here.
REXML is starting to look pretty dated. I find myself no longer using
REXML for anything and use Nokogiri instead. I suspect other
developers are doing the same. Aaron (and Mike) have done an
incredible job with Nokogiri. And so I think it’s not unreasonable to
suggest that it replace REXML as a standard library.
The only downside I see that Nokogiri is not a pure Ruby library, but
depends on libxml2. But given the advantages, speed, and uptake of
Nokogiri, I would not expect that to be any sort of show-stopper.
I have always thought a good XML library was important to Ruby. I kept
libxml-ruby on life support for many years hoping someone would
eventually come along and carry on development (it was the best I
could do not being a C coder). That did happen eventutally and we can
thank Dan and Charlie for all their hard work for making libxml-ruby
an excellent library, and of course we should thank Sean who started
But Aaron came along and upped the ante with Nokogiri.
So any way. I’ve had this thought in the back of my mind for a while,
and just wanted to put it out there.