[development] Proposed Apocrypha

Nathaniel Catchpole catch56 at googlemail.com
Thu May 7 15:43:44 UTC 2009

> We have to temper the ideal with reality.  We have several swappable
> systems in Drupal (database, mail sending, caching, others?) and as
> far as I know only one of them has multiple backends in core
> (databases).  We are able to have multiple backend for databases, but
> it takes a lot of effort.  I doubt we have the capacity to create not
> just 2, but 3 implementations for all of the other swappable items in
> core.  There's also the question of baggage. Do we really want to
> merge SMTP [1] and Fastpath FSCache[2] into core?  Would that be a
> total improvement?  Would the additional complexity (usability
> decrease) be worth it just so we can satisfy a desire to properly test
> that APIs?

I don't think so.

But we could say we won't release Drupal 7until at least one swappable
backend is ported in contrib. To some extent this is the same thing as
getting Drupal.org running on a beta/RC before release - at least for
critical systems like caching.

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