> Ian Sparks wrote:
> > Had a thought that I wanted to share.
> > Interbase has a feature known as "event alerts". In a trigger you can post
> > "events" which are just fixed data strings e.g. "DataAdded" or
> > "Insert_tblUsers".
> PostgreSQL has them too.
> It's not (afaik) supported by DB-API, but could be used in a DA that talks
> to some lower level API.
They are supported by the TCL interface that comes with PostgreSQL
(src/interfaces/libpgtcl in the PostgreSQL source tree) if you are
looking for examples of how they work. (Search for listen and
notify in pgtclCmds.c
> > A client database connection can register to listen to these events.
> > I don't know if any Zopeish Interbase access method supports this (ODBC
> > doesn't to my knowledge) but it would be incredibly useful for synching
> > cached database objects. Zope could hold a representation of the table data
> > in cached objects for quick access. Each object could have one or more
> > "event" methods which related to a database event. When the database adaptor
> > received an event message from Interbase it could inform all objects with a
> > matching event method (these methods would refresh their cached data with
> > current values from the database).
> > In this way database and Zope cache could be synced *without* having to poll
> > the database at an interval. In all, a very efficient mechanism.
> > Just an idea I wanted to put out there.
> Thanks for getting it out.
> I have been contemplating the same for PostgreSQL but have been too lazy to do
> it myself ;)
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