On 02/05/2014 12:48 PM, Tom Lane wrote:
Andrew Dunstan <and...@dunslane.net> writes:
On 02/05/2014 11:40 AM, Tom Lane wrote:
switching to "binary is the same as text" may well be the most prudent
path here.
If we do that we're going to have to live with that forever, aren't we?
Yeah, but the other side of that coin is that we'll have to live forever
with whatever binary format we pick, too.  If it turns out to be badly
designed, that could be much worse than eating some parsing costs during

If we had infinite time/manpower, this wouldn't really be an issue.
We don't, though, and so I suggest that this may be one of the better
things to toss overboard.


The main reason I'm prepared to consider this is the JSON parser seems to be fairly efficient (See Oleg's recent stats) and in fact we'd more or less be parsing the binary format on input anyway, so there's no proof that a binary format is going to be hugely faster (or possibly even that it will be faster at all).

If anyone else has opinions on this sing out pretty darn soon (like the next 24 hours or so, before I begin.)



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