[development] LinksDB vs. Links
mattj at inty.net
Mon Jul 31 08:14:52 UTC 2006
On 28 Jul 2006, at 20:29, Syscrusher wrote:
> On Friday 28 July 2006 10:40, Matthew Jenkins wrote:
>> and there's nothing wrong with a little diversity - different ways of
>> looking at the same problems, etc...
> For the record, I have absolutely no problem with others building
> link-handling modules they wish, using or not using my API as they
> prefer. I'm
> a firm believer in the Open Source philosophy of letting the user
> filter for the best code by voting with their feet. I created Links to
> my own itch, because there was nothing else that did exactly what I
> wanted, and
> am sharing it with anyone else who can use it. There's no reason why
> we have to
> have just one links solution, any more than there is any reason why we
> can only
> have one theme engine or one photo album manager.
That's exactly why I created LinksDB as well. To 'scratch my own itch'
as you put it. I create dthe module originally for me, and so as not
to be selfish I allowed the rest of the community to benefit from it as
they wish. They don't have to if they don't want to, but some have, so
that makes me glad I did release it.
> The main philosophy behind Links is to have each unique URL stored
> only *once*
> in the system, and therefore dead links detection and related admin
> only have to visit each unique URL *once* per iteration. Point
> solutions are
> leaner and cleaner if you only need to use URLs in one way on your
> site (e.g.,
> just a Yahoo-like directory and nothing else). Links API is built to
> handle the
> larger-scale situation, and there may indeed be a case to be made for
> a point
> solution for the entry-level user who just wants a place to put links
> doesn't need to have a scalable management backend for them later. :-)
The main philosophy behind LinksDB is to have a simple out-of-the-box
links database which a newcommer to Drupal can turn on and fill in a
few boxes to get going. I imagine your Links solution would appeal
more to the advanced user who is looking for a more customisable
experience. LinksDB doesn't do that - it has one look and feel with a
couple of bells and whistles you can turn on and off and that's about
> Different strokes for different folks, and all that. Maybe when Links
> LinksDB are both done (I don't know the release status of the latter)
> we can
> collaborate on a point-by-point feature comparison to help admins
> choose the
> right one for their site.
Sure thing. LinksDB is 'done' but is always getting enhancement
requests that I'm more than happy to accommodate.
> Scott (Syscrusher)
> Syscrusher (Scott Courtney) Drupal page:
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