[development] Module Builder Module 1.0

Larry Garfield larry at garfieldtech.com
Wed Feb 22 15:23:29 UTC 2006

On Wednesday 22 February 2006 02:30, Bertrand Mansion wrote:

> >OK, I've not actually looked at it yet, so I can't comment on how
> >good/late-night the code is, but my knee-jerk reaction is that I don't
> > like code generation in the first place.  If the code is sufficiently
> > boilerplate that it can be auto-generated, then it's sufficiently
> > boilerplate that it should be written as a single routine and called with
> > paramters.  That's the logic behind functions and variables. :-)


> >So yeah, code generation in general gets a -1 for me in favor of more
> > powerful and generalized polymorphic code.
> This is the most idiotic post I have read on this list so far. It starts
> with "I've not actually looked at it yet"... Well, if you haven't looked at
> it, why do you comment on it ? Do we care if you like code generation or
> not ? Do we care if you like "powerful and generalized polymorphic code" ?
> That's not the topic I think. This module is about building a module
> skeleton to make developers job easier.

Well good morning to you, too.

I was commenting specifically on the concept of code generation, rather than 
this specific code generator.  I stated as such up-front.  I view it as a 
bandaid.  A better long-term solution is to make the code more general so 
that you don't need a code generator in the first place.  

If you disagree, try giving a reason instead of being insulting.

> How do you think PHP extensions are written ? People use ext_skel or pecl
> CodeGen and it saves them a lot of time and makes it more fun to hack
> something fast. That's one thing that largely contributed to PHP success.

Having never written a PECL extension, I really couldn't say.  

> I am personally very thankful to the people who wrote Module_builder and
> will start to use it straight away even if it's not "powerful and
> generalized polymorphic code" :p

Great.  You do that.  I'll wait until HEAD unfreezes and then see if I can dig 
up the time to make it (or portions of it) unnecessary, or others are welcome 
to do so as well.  

I really don't see where you need to get nasty about it.  I wasn't saying 
Angie et al did anything wrong, just that I don't think it's a good long-term 

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