[development] Referential integrity -- finally?

Michael Favia michael at favias.org
Tue Jan 23 19:23:27 UTC 2007

Derek Wright wrote:
> i don't think the DB experts are just floating around out there, waiting
> for The Right CMS(tm) to show up that does everything they ever wanted
> with all their DB ideas so they can finally get their hands dirty doing
> interesting work.  they're going to come to Drupal for all sorts of
> random reasons, and may or may not put their DB expertise to use making
> Drupal better...

Agreed. With my only concern being that a DB expert will first look at
the state of our storage mechanisms as his primary judgment of the
overall quality of the system (because it is what he knows) and might
unfairly deduce that the other fields of CS arent taken seriously
either. Assuming such an assumption is valid concerning DB management
with regards to RI and schema abstraction, etc. This isnt something I
agree with but it is just a point worth considering IMO. Demonstrating
our willingness and /attempt/ to do things /right/ by them opens a lot
of doors to individuals who might be wiling to improve it.

To bring this back to your experience: You saw a good project trying to
do things right (CVS + contribs) but needing help getting it done
properly so you opted to help. Olive branches are powerful things.
Michael Favia                   michael at favias.org
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