[development] deletion API summary, question

Justin rocketfuel at spaceship.com
Fri Jul 21 20:51:09 UTC 2006

I think "logical delete" is a generally accepted term for this behavior.


On Fri, Jul 21, 2006 at 12:04:45PM -0700, Dave Cohen wrote:
> Chad,
> Sounds like you're giving this some good thought and what you say here makes 
> sense in my opinion.
> I do have a fear though, that myself and others will become confused as to 
> what "delete" means.  The word has a well understood meaning in drupal today, 
> and to anyone familiar with SQL.  I'd like to see that meaning preserved.  If 
> we change "delete" to mean "move to trash bin", then how will I 
> describe "take something already in the trash bin and 'really delete' it from 
> the database"?
> I suggest we use a new term (perhaps "remove", "expunge", or "trash") to 
> describe this thing that could mean "move to trash" or "delete from database" 
> depending on configuration.  As a module developer, I like knowing that 
> hook_delete means "delete from database".  And if my module needs to perform 
> some task when content is moved to trash, I'd rather have a new hook_trash 
> (or somesuch) be invoked.  Likewise for hook_nodeapi: $op == 'delete' or $op 
> == 'trash'.
> That's my 2 cents,
> -Dave
> On Friday 21 July 2006 08:58, Chad Phillips -- Apartment Lines wrote:
> > as i mentioned a short time ago, i've been trying to flesh out a
> > deletion API for drupal.  i thought i'd take a few minutes and
> > discuss it's current state, and throw out some unfinished business to
> > get perspective from other developers.
> >

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