[development] Extend database abstraction layer, to include table creation.

Dries Buytaert dries.buytaert at gmail.com
Sat May 13 12:57:54 UTC 2006

On 13 May 2006, at 14:27, Jeremy Epstein wrote:
>> Hence, the challenge is to make Drupal more powerful _AND_ easier to
>> develop for.  This requires that we question certain development
>> directions and look at them through the eyes of amateurs.
> IMO, learning the DDL specifics of two different database systems is
> more of a barrier for new developers, than learning a simple
> abstraction layer ever could be. I can't speak for all developers, but
> personally, I've always been much more familiar with MySQL, and I've
> been scared and uneducated about the details of pgSQL for quite some
> time. I've been developing with Drupal for over a year, but only
> recently have I taken the time to dig a little deeper (just a little)
> into pgSQL - just enough to make my modules compatible with it.

The fact you didn't dig deeper into PostgreSQL until now, illustrates  
my point.

People new to Drupal want to write code that works.  They are just  
scratching their own itch.  They want to tweak or extend Drupal, and  
they want it to be super easy to do.  Getting the job done, and done  
quickly while still feeling good about it, is what sucks them into  
Drupal. Portability is not a major concern until they are fully  
sucked into Drupal development.

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

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