Ok, We're now in a situation that has to be resolved. I think there are 3
- The way php-dev behaved was flawed. While there's truth in what Sterling
said about opensource projects, I have to say that the amount Jeroen put
into the RFC about the subject is not very common. Thus, I can understand
his anger, when php-dev suddenly wakes up after he's done all the work.
- After looking at the code, I have to agree with Sterling about the
style. Big chunked macros which should be functions, over-all breakage,
etc., for something that is, after all, just supposed to return
integers. It looks a bit like killing a fly with a cannon.
- We can't ignore the fact that a much simpler and even less BC breaking
way was offered - simply creating a new function named random(),
unfortunately, after the work that's been done.
In my opinion, if we combine these three into actions, then:
- We owe an apology to Jeroen
- We should revert the code and implement the KISS approach by simply
introducing a new function.
At 02:34 03-09-01, Sterling Hughes wrote:
> I have a few problems with the latest random number related commits,
> most importantly being the quality of the underlying code, rather
> than some of the changes it implements (which are also un-necessary,
> imho, if it ain't broke -- don't "fix" it).
> 1) On a style note, the code makes poor use of macro's,
> pim_srand_common is a good example of a macro gone wrong..
> 2) It's un-optimized, and the code does not follow a logical
> structure, one indication of this is the PHP_FUNCTION_RAND() and
> PHP_RAND_RANGE(), which does too much for a macro in this case (and
> comments like that really don't belong in a macro). Also, folks,
> don't use "register" on a variable that will be accessed twice.
> 3) I don't think the extra level of abstraction is warranted in
> this case -- it slows things down, it doesn't speed them up, and
> there is really no great improvement from an API perspective to
> doing this.
> 4) What was sooooooo wrong about the way we were doing things?
> Even though we don't have a voting system, I'm a strong -1 on this
> patch. :)))
> Instead -- changes that I think would be a good idea (and I'll
> implement these if you don't want to Jeroen) are:
> a) Making the seed argument optional to [mt_]srand(), and use the most
> random seed possible if no seed is specified, this is a good way to
> help out people.
> b) Update to the php4 api, and remove some of the redundant logic in
> pre-patch (well redundant from a PHP4 perspective).
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