[development] Drupal's database interaction

Khalid B kb at 2bits.com
Sun Jul 9 00:19:41 UTC 2006

These discussions are valuable and should not be scattered on
blogs that may not be there in six months time.

The best place for this is either here on the development list, where
all the brains are, or  on the Performance and Scalability forum

A few comments:

- PCRE would be faster since the underlying code is in C and hence
is native to the platform. PHP is interpreted and hence slower (as you
found out).

- A PECL solution is not universal, since many of Drupal's users are
on shared hosting where they can't fiddle with PHP's setup or  download
plugins/libraries for it. You alluded to this, but this is more explicit.

In order to assess real penalty for the PCREs, can you try a script
that executes without that part (i.e. take out the part where there is
a PCRE and a callback altogether) and see what percentage improvement
there is.

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