[texhax] Little Languages and diaries

Mike Marchywka marchywka at hotmail.com
Sat May 19 02:44:42 CEST 2018

I'm not entirely sure what little languages are but I have been using tex to create
a diet diary that I later need to parse and graph.  There is no money involved but 
vitamins coudl just as easily be money... 
So, I have to be consistent
about my nominally free form entries. I enter them into a tex table rather than a csv
file since that is my primary "lab notebook" document.  I ended up picking a simple
adjective-noun restriction, a simple macro syntax and wrote c++ code to parse it but was curious if there
is a general solution somewhere.  This has worked well compared to taking
each day's meal notes and trying to use a GUI to put them into a DB and then get
them back out etc. The c++ parse picks up entry errors as well as a GUI and
has other benefits.  In theory I could enter them into a cell phone in the kitchen but
I just use "vi" on a laptop. I think I asked about this on some other forum but got no responses.

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Subject: [texhax] Little Languages and diaries

A long time ago, I was at C-MU and I believe it was Brian Kernighan
gave a talk on little languages.  I've dabbled in EQN, TBL and others,
so I know a little about this.

I find myself needing to keep one or more diaries.  And part of what
could go into this diaries are the bills I acquire for various
projects.  And I wonder, is this a place for little languages?  Has
someone done this already?

I have more or less decided on some variation of the ASCII Ledger
format to do accounting in.

Is there some mechanism that people working in TeX use, to pull data
into Ledger text files?

Have a great day!


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