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Lua/JSON/YAML are great for configuration, internal harvesting of data, and data communication between processes in the same application. This is largely because they're simple, fast, pragmatic, and easily represent complex data structures.

XML is good for communication with multiple applications written by a number of vendors. Valid, well formed XML is a wonderful thing to have when integrating at the edges of two complex information systems.

In general, I'd use Lua/JSON/YAML for internal development, configuration, and communication and then expose an XML interface at the edges and as a file format for the rest of the world to consume and modify.

Luiz Henrique de Figueiredo wrote:
Does anyone know of a technical critique of XML and possibly a
comparision with Lua (as a data language)? Thanks for any pointers!