On Thu, Dec 09, 2010 at 07:41:32PM -0800, Daevid Vincent wrote:

> > -----Original Message-----
> > > If you value CPU time over developer time, by all means avoid ORM
> > > frameworks (and *all* frameworks). The point of a common
> > framework is to
> > > trade a small bit of performance for a large amount of
> > developer time. If
> > > you will only use the framework once, the payoff will be
> > much less. The
> > > goal is to choose frameworks that you can leverage again and again.


> That's just it. DO NOT make a "framework". Make some helper routines for
> common tasks like sql_query(), sql_insert(), sql_update(),
> sql_select_box(), etc. and stick to the "basics".
> Frameworks are a waste of time and energy -- homegrown or off-the-shelf.
> They try to be all things to all people and turn into a "jack of trades,
> master of none". They're bloated and cumbersome and force you to wedge
> square pegs into round holes all the time.

I have to agree with the "toolkit" idea.

I just came off of job where they had an existing investment in Drupal,
so we were stuck with it. No offense to any Drupalers out there. It's a
very slick, cleverly thought out framework. But building anything
non-trivial with the framework requires a significant learning curve and
coding investment. And many things you'll want to do, you could do ten
times faster by hand.

This is the second framework I've done any significant research into.
And my original decision to build a set of "tools" and use them for
various tasks over and over seems the soundest course. The more those
tools interlock, the more they become a framework, and the less flexible
they become.

The tools, used in a "habitual context" (models go here, views go there,
etc.) makes for a much easier time of it. Not to mention that your
thousands of site visitors won't be loading 150K of code each time just
to view one page. (Yes, I've heard of caching. It's a system which was
built to compensate for coders who waste too much CPU time and memory.)


Paul M. Foster

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