More custom field revisions

Myk Melez myk at
Wed Apr 30 16:51:01 UTC 2003

Bradley Baetz wrote:

>On Wed, Apr 30, 2003 at 01:13:49PM +0100, Gervase Markham wrote:
>>Regarding your point (and not his), is that disadvantage (having to 
>>update stored queries when product names change, which is a fairly rare 
>>event) outweighed by the advantage of being able to do:
>Well, it also allows you to do stuff like just stick the new value into
>the bug table in process_bug, and then just error out with teh
>appropriate message if there was a foreign key violation. (I didn't say
>I wanted to do this soon...)
Maybe the solution is to move to numeric identifiers internally but let 
users enter names and implicitly convert them to their corresponding IDs 
like we do with aliases.  This accomplishes our goal of gaining whatever 
advantages we gain from identifiers while keeping the interface as 
useful as possible for end users, and the code to implement it is pretty 
trivial and not too costly in terms of performance.


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