Custom fields schema
chicks at chicks.net
Mon Jan 31 17:09:27 UTC 2005
On Sun, 30 Jan 2005, Gervase Markham wrote:
> Christopher Hicks wrote:
>> One other red herring that I'm tired of seeing is that we're stuck with a
>> bad implementation and that another lump of checksetup.pl tweaking can't
>> move us to another way of doing things.
> Without commenting on any of the other issues, I don't see this as a red
> herring. While in theory it's probably true that one could convert from
> FAC to FAD using checksetup.pl, in practice such a thing is more complex
> than any other dynamic schema change we've ever tried, and would be hard
> to write and liable to fail in unexpected ways due to the "meta" nature
> of custom fields and the fact that we can't predict what people will use
> them for. It would never happen.
Bah. I don't think the meta nautre of custom fields changes the fact that
FAC and FAR are two different ways to represent the same thing. There's a
one-to-one correspondance between them and calling it "hard" to convert
doesn't make it so. I'm not saying it would be a trivial task, but it
strikes me as being pretty straight forward and something that anybody who
has experience dealing with nontrivial databases could do without agony.
> I certainly agree that endless debate is bad - but the correct way to
> deal with endless debate is for the person charged with ending it to
> bring it to an end. Dave should step up and make a decision - FAC or
> FAD. The fact that one has an implementation available is certainly a
> factor in that decision, but should not by itself be conclusive.
It seems that Dave is working on that. Yay!
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