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Re: [INTERFACES] libpq patch for binding tuples in a result set to user allocated memory

From: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>
To: Joel Reed <jreed(at)support(dot)ddiworld(dot)com>
Cc: pgsql-interfaces(at)postgreSQL(dot)org
Subject: Re: [INTERFACES] libpq patch for binding tuples in a result set to user allocated memory
Date: 2000-02-15 07:59:40
Message-ID: 10208.950601580@sss.pgh.pa.us (view raw or flat)
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Joel Reed <jreed(at)support(dot)ddiworld(dot)com> writes:
Tom> In the long run we'll probably be moving to some more-modern interface
Tom> design like CORBA, which should help to address performance concerns
Tom> like these.

> how would CORBA help?

Bearing in mind that I know very little about CORBA ;-), I believe the
main way it'd help us in this particular area is that it provides
support for platform-independent transmission of binary datatypes.
For example, you send an integer, you get an integer; if byte-swapping
is needed it happens automatically and you don't have to think about it.
This'd be a big win performance-wise compared to Postgres' current
approach of converting everything to ASCII strings and then having to
convert back in client code.

Now I realize that you seemed to be concerned about programming
convenience as much as shaving cycles.  I don't know enough about CORBA
to say if it helps much in that regard; perhaps someone else can answer?

BTW, I do not intend to imply that moving Postgres to CORBA is a
foregone conclusion.  A couple of people have argued for it, but
not much has been done yet; the door is certainly still open to
other ideas.  I'm just trying to point out that a complete replacement
of libpq with some other API might be a better long-term answer than
nibbling away at the edges of the API model that libpq provides.

			regards, tom lane

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