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Mon Apr 23 13:24:37 UTC 2007
views is the drupal query builder :)
On 4/23/07, Wim Leers <bashratthesneaky at gmail.com> wrote:
> I think it's inevitable for a project as modular as Drupal and with
> the amount of modules Drupal has, to eventually need a built-in query
> builder, to keep things maintainable and/or to lift the project to
> "the next level". The question is though, how doable is this? And are
> enough people willing to work on it? My knowledge about query
> builders and SQL is too limited, but I imagine that you can't write
> this in 2 weeks with say, 10 developers working on it. Something like
> this needs time, a lot of time.
> Not to mention we also have to somehow provide enough context
> information for other modules to hook in whenever desired.
> If it's implemented extremely well, we could simply *always* write
> "Drupal SQL", and let the query builder worry about the specific SQL
> (MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle, etc.). That would rock! But what would
> the performance implications be? I think that a complete query
> builder in Drupal core might slow down things too much? Or something
> like the Boost module would have to get in core, to balance the
> performance again (virtually no load for anonymous visitors)?
> Just some thoughts...
> Wim Leers
> On Apr 23, 2007, at 11:42 , jp.stacey at torchbox.com wrote:
> > Hi,
> >>> My opinion on that all depends on what you mean by a query builder.
> >>> :-) Could you elucidate?
> >> along the lines of how views does it.
> > I'd envisage any query builder would be more heavily tied to the
> > structure of the underlying database than views.
> > Rather than adding extra node-based or categories-based options, you'd
> > explicitly add extra database tables by name, and specify quasi-SQL
> > JOIN
> > conditions and WHERE filtering. At the end of it all it could spit out
> > some fairly vanilla SQL that matched the structure you'd set up.
> > Does that
> > sound right?
> > (Of course, query builders aren't great at actually optimising the
> > SQL.)
> > Cheers,
> > J-P
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