[development] Have you ever laughed fate in the face?

Dries Buytaert dries.buytaert at gmail.com
Thu Jul 20 17:26:32 UTC 2006

On 16 Jul 2006, at 05:59, Karoly Negyesi wrote:
> Think of it. It becomes a habit very quick to press Confirm, and  
> also "of course I really want to delete it, that's why I pressed  
> the button". A day later when you realize that this deletion was  
> not a good idea, you can almost hear the whining of the computer  
> "but you pressed confirm!". "A computer is like an Old Testament  
> god, with a lot of rules and no mercy" -- how does this image mate  
> with the friendly smiling face we have choosen as our icon?

Just got got back from a short trip.  I reviewed the module and  
posted an update at http://drupal.org/node/35422.

My problem with the trashbin patch is the way it works.  I'm not  
convinced that it should transfer deleted records to a dedicated  
table.   Right now, the trashbin patch stores deleted records in a  
separate table in serialized format.  This is a little bit awkward as  
it has to circumvent the auto increment IDs or the sequence table  
when re-injecting the data.  It's both ugly and clever, but at the  
end of the day, it doesn't feel right to me.

Why don't we add a status-field with two states -- STATUS_ACTIVE and  
STATUS_DELETED -- to each of the database tables with records that  
want to take advantage of the trashbin functionality?  Then, the  
trashbin patch might be a lot easier to grok -- and from an  
architectural point of view, less awkward.  It wouldn't be  
particularly clever but that is OK: it is super-easy so there is no  
point being clever to begin with.  I'd like to see us explore this  
path instead.

Plus, this has a number of advantages.  Most of all, we'd still able  
to query deleted data.  For example, the filter form on the  
administer content page (?q=admin/content) would allow us to access  
delete nodes and we'd be able to use advanced query methods like  
'show all deleted nodes from user Joe with the taxonomy term  
'Apple'.  That is, we get to reuse a lot of the existing UIs and  

Dries Buytaert  ::  http://www.buytaert.net/

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