[development] need a standard for contrib node build_mode constants

Jeff Eaton jeff at viapositiva.net
Tue May 19 16:52:24 UTC 2009

The problem is not one of information storage length, but of flag  

Ints are fine as primary keys on a lookup table, or constant values  
for internal flags that will never be extensible. For things we know  
people will build on -- like node types, or node build modes --  
strings are the only way to avoid collisions when module developers  
start expanding.


On May 18, 2009, at 3:27 PM, Karoly Negyesi wrote:

> Ints, strings, these are just ways to express bits of information.
> Each character of a string will have approx 5 bit of info (or a bit
> less, 26 english chars, underscore, thats 27 not 32 but lets say 32).
> It also must be noted that its unlikely you will use all possible
> combinations, I bet XRNQW will not be used for example...
> I am with Peter, his proposal makes sense to me and can code more
> possibilities than strings.

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