On 8/4/06, Andrew Dunstan <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
It's a pity that some expectations have been raised about features that we haven't seen patches for, MERGE/UPSERT & recursive queries
Honestly, I've only had four people say it would be nice to have hierarchical queries (one of them wasn't even a PostgreSQL user). Almost everyone else seems to ask some variation of, "what's a hierarchical query and why do I need it?" It's hard to get excited about writing a patch no one sees a real need for. When I have a choice of working on things in my spare time, I choose what to work on based on basically two things (a) what is my interest in it and (b) who is going to use it. Based on that, I determine whether it's worth going through the hassle of design, development, testing, and final documentation (my prelim docs come from design). In short, I know a lot of people would probably use this feature after it was there, but *very* few have shown any interest in it and a patch for it (while in need of rewriting) has existed since 7.4.
I am not pointing fingers, but I do think we need some way in which the community can ensure that certain goals are met, or at least try to help if things fall in a ditch, rather than just relying on hackers scratching whatever itch they happen to get in splendid isolation and then trying to merge the results.
I agree. The real problem is that we don't look at things in a business-like, "what are we going to have in the next release" perspective. Being as it's an OSS community, we just see what patches come in and we apply what we choose... then pick which ones we see as "major features" and announce them. I'd like to be mistaken here, but I don't think we've ever really had release planning in regards to features. We can always sit down after 8.2 is finalized and plan what are we doing for 8.3 and go from there. -- Jonah H. Harris, Software Architect | phone: 732.331.1300 EnterpriseDB Corporation | fax: 732.331.1301 33 Wood Ave S, 2nd Floor | [EMAIL PROTECTED] Iselin, New Jersey 08830 | http://www.enterprisedb.com/ ---------------------------(end of broadcast)--------------------------- TIP 1: if posting/reading through Usenet, please send an appropriate subscribe-nomail command to [EMAIL PROTECTED] so that your message can get through to the mailing list cleanly