Tim Ikels - Creator, Publisher, Marketer

TOML: The Sane Way to Do Config Files

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Let’s be real - most config files are a mess. JSON has its weird brackets and commas, YAML gets fussy with its spaces. Life’s too short for that nonsense. That’s why I dig TOML.

TOML? What’s that?

Short for “Tom’s Obvious, Minimal Language.” See, the guy who invented it gets it. TOML is all about making your config files so simple they’re practically self-explanatory.

What’s so cool about it?

Why bother?

Because when you open your config file, you want to _understand_ it, not get bogged down in syntax.

TOML lets your brain focus on the settings, not the code surrounding them.

Show me / Example

Sure, here’s a little TOML snippet:

title = "My TOML Adventure"

name = "Tim" 

server = ""
ports = [ 8001, 8002 ]

See? No fuss, no confusion.

Alright, I’m interested…

Good! Here’s how to get rolling:

  1. The nitty-gritty: Specs are on the official site: toml.io
  2. Get parsing: Whatever language you use, there’s likely a TOML library to help you read it in.
  3. Play around!: Don’t be afraid to experiment. Worst case, you make a tiny mistake and learn from it.

TOML: Keepin’ it Simple

Look, complex tools have their place. But for config files? TOML’s focus on clarity is a breath of fresh air.

If you haven’t tried it yet, give it a spin. Your future self will thank you.

Stay awesome,

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