[development] Solving the dev->staging->live problem

Alex Barth alex at developmentseed.org
Thu Aug 14 13:47:04 UTC 2008

On Aug 12, 2008, at 1:33 PM, Dave Cohen wrote:
> In your model taxonomy is "content" while variables are  
> "configuration".
> Let's say on my site, one of my taxonomies is "privacy" with terms
> like "public", "administrator only", etc...  Further I configure one  
> of the
> taxonomy access control modules to use my privacy terms.
> In my mind those terms are part of "configuration" (while other  
> terms might be
> considered "content").

While really convenient, I'm starting to consider using taxonomy as  
configuration as bad practice.

In the long run, building effective import/export and migration tools  
will also mean having a clean distinction between what's content and  
what's configuration on the Drupal level...

> While in your model as I understand it, I now have some variables
> (configuration, of the access control module) referring to my term ids
> (content).  So the line is crossed, I can't replicate the  
> configuration
> unless I also replicate the content.  If I understand you correctly.
> I say this trying to point out that we can't simply divide Drupal's  
> database
> into "content" tables and "configuration" tables.  Unfortunately is  
> will
> never be that simple.  There are many examples like this where the  
> line
> between content and configuration is fuzzy.
> While I'm pessimistic about that particular idea, I'm optimistic  
> about the
> UUID idea being discussed in the "Unique/Random IDs and drupal"  
> thread.  I
> think using UUIDs rather than sequential ids will solve a big huge  
> chunk of
> the dev->staging->live problem.
> -Dave
> On Tuesday 12 August 2008, Kathleen Murtagh wrote:
>> Configuration are things like the variables, blocks, cck type and
>> field definitions, etc  (you can configure settings.php to have  
>> unique
>> variable settings on dev and prod). Content is nodes, taxonomy, menu,
>> path, etc.

Alex Barth
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