[development] Don't push the API name considerations off as less important than performance

Dries Buytaert dries.buytaert at gmail.com
Wed Sep 27 06:49:37 UTC 2006

Hi Scott,

On 26 Sep 2006, at 17:46, Scott McLewin wrote:
>> this thread started with 2 successive messages filled with juicy  
>> technical details aimed at speeding up core drupal. it makes zero  
>> sense to talk about variable names at this stage.
> Then I'll branch the thread so it will make sense.
> As a module maintainer and former clueless noob on Drupal I believe  
> that the variable and hook names used are important to facilitating  
> developer adoption.  I am coming up on two years of working within  
> Drupal and I still keep discovering new hooks, nooks and crannies  
> where the interface names didn't indicate what I would use the hook  
> for.  One could argue that this is because I'm slow or don't "get  
> it".  I won't, but it is entirely possible.  :)  I'll argue that it  
> shows the richness of Drupal.  I am repeatedly impressed.

making Drupal easier to develop for is an important goal (see my blog  
posts about it).  Please take the time to point out what function  
names you found to be confusing, and provide concrete suggestions as  
how we could made them easier to discover.  For extra points, file  
issues with patches.

All of what I said is obvious, and is a fairly easy problem to fix.   
It's not worth discussing over and over again.  Just make it happen.

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

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