[development] .tpl-ifying Drupal

Vladimir Zlatanov vlado at dikini.net
Fri May 4 07:18:35 UTC 2007

> The one place that the alternative engines will have to do real work will
> be
> that they should probably ship with their own versions of all the .tpl.php
> files that Drupal 6 will ship with.

I can see one problem with converting every nook and cranny theme_ function
into .tpl and that is speed. It is related to the number of files loaded, to
make matters worse, I doubt that any of the bytecode caches will help with
that for heavy duty sites. That is unfortunate, because it is a rather
elegant solution, fitted to how drupal works. Having said that, there are
possibilities to improve it, depending what are we ready to trade. Caching -
to db or a precompiled file full of theme_ functions are just two of the
possibilities, you loose dynamism, but for production sites it is not
required in the theme layer.

By the way, the changes to the template system are great. HUUGE kudos to
Earl and the little helpers for doing them.
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