[development] Alternative to drupal_bootstrap when we want to access Drupal data from other application?

Gordon Heydon gordon at heydon.com.au
Sun Feb 13 03:10:14 UTC 2011


You could just bootstrap the database, but not all the modules will be loaded, and you may not get back the same results, as you would in drupal.

What the other problem could be that it is doing a lot in hook_init() which you could skip by defining MAINTENANCE_MODE as update.

see http://api.drupalecommerce.org/api/drupal/drupal--includes--common.inc/function/_drupal_bootstrap_full/6.x


On 13/02/2011, at 2:06 PM, Ryan Chan wrote:

> Hello,
> I want to use some Drupal7 functions such as node_load,
> taxonomy_term_load in my custom written PHP applications.
> I managed to use them by running a full drupal bootstrap, function is okay,
> i.e.
> drupal_bootstrap(DRUPAL_BOOTSTRAP_FULL);
> $node = node_load(123);
> However, when profiling the code using Xdebug, I found
> drupal_bootstrap is just too heavy, i.e. used 80% of my application
> CPU time even I am doing simple query such as node_load.
> Of course, I can direct query the Drupal DB but I don't want to
> reinvent the wheel, but now seems it is too much overhead.
> Any suggestion when outside application want to access Drupal data,
> for the above basic query (read only)?
> Thanks.

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