[development] hook_nodeapi()

Larry Garfield larry at garfieldtech.com
Thu Jan 4 03:08:07 UTC 2007

On Wednesday 03 January 2007 7:01 pm, Khalid B wrote:

> For the rename you are proposing, would something like this work?
> - move all hook_load() and friends into hook_othernodeapi($op), where $op
> is load, insert,
> delete, ...etc.
> - So, we have one real hook (hook_nodeapi($op)), and one callback
> (hook_othernodeapi($op)).
> (of course, othernodeapi has to be something better)
> This has the advantage of having only a maximum of two functions per
> module, with ops of course.
> One for node creation modules, and the other the regular nodeapi we know
> today.
> How about that?

Except as chx noted, they're not hooks.  Frankly I don't understand the 
obsession with one function with a huge switch statement over multiple 
functions in the first place. :-)

I haven't really had much issue with _load() vs nodeapi('load') et al, to be 
honest.  _load(), etc. map pretty well to pseudo-methods of a node object, 
conceptually.  Many non-OO-syntax systems use that methodology.  _nodeapi() 
is a real hook, and part of Drupal's non-OO-syntax multiple-inheritance 
magic. :-)

Of course, the trick is that it's not just 2 locations where things could 
happen, but 3.  How long ago was it that we debated _load() vs. FAPI, and 
whether or not we needed to keep node_save() because form could just do the 
saving themselves?  (I didn't like that idea either, honestly. <g>)

With CCK and CCK fields migrating into core bit by bit (is that a 4th 
method?), what is the future of value-add modules (event, taxonomy, og, 
etc.)?  What about manually-defined node types?  And if FAPI 3 turns 
everything inside out anyway, what then?  

I don't have code to offer or even answers; I'm just pointing out the scope of 
the issue is more than just hook_nodeapi().

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