[development] nodeapi image concept (request for feedback)

Boris Mann boris at bryght.com
Tue Apr 4 22:07:01 UTC 2006

On 4-Apr-06, at 2:48 PM, Rowan Kerr wrote:

> Darrel O'Pry wrote:
>> Still haven't decided whether a full-on node (utilizing existing  
>> nodeapi
>> and all the weight of node_load) or keeping files as a distinct  
>> object
>> from nodes so they can have a lighter api and making a file<->node
>> relationship module.
> I prefer the approach of keeping files separate from nodes, because  
> for my use-cases files are usually not the actual content of the  
> site.. files are uploaded to be used in other content.
> Rich metadata is definitely needed. There are many properties that  
> files could have that nodes do not... but I suppose that could all  
> be kept in a separate lookup table keyed on file_id or node_id and  
> it wouldn't really matter.

There are clearly two separate use cases (files only vs. files as  
nodes) -- but, we really have to support both nicely.

> Now, the idea of having files separate, and then maybe being able  
> to "convert" a file to a node would make sense to me in the rare  
> cases that the file you've uploaded is actually meant to be the  
> content.

It would be great if people could clearly define and *write down*  
their use case, rather than saying "there is no way I need that".

We're working on groups.drupal.org for potentially doing special  
interest groups as well as user group meet ups. I think walkah has a  
sample File API group set up there...bug him if you're interested.


Boris Mann
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