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Re: Confusion over Python drivers

From: Greg Smith <greg(at)2ndquadrant(dot)com>
To: Bruce Momjian <bruce(at)momjian(dot)us>
Cc: PostgreSQL-development <pgsql-hackers(at)postgreSQL(dot)org>
Subject: Re: Confusion over Python drivers
Date: 2010-02-05 20:51:06
Message-ID: 4B6C84BA.2090909@2ndquadrant.com (view raw or flat)
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Bruce Momjian wrote:
> While I realize experienced people can easily navigate this confusion...

No, that's the worst part--the more you know and the deeper you dig into 
it, the more broken you realize the whole thing is.  When one of the 
best drivers (in some respects) has a web page that looks like this:  
http://initd.org/ that doesn't seem so bad at first--but if you're 
experienced, you know that the page has been in that disturbing state 
since late 2006.  You start digging into the driver mess, figure you 
just need to learn how things fit together, but the hole keeps getting 
bigger as you dig.

The issues here have already been identified:  the Perl DBI is an 
excellent spec, while the Python one is so weak everybody ends up 
needing their own extensions to it.  And then portability *even among 
Python PostgreSQL drivers* goes out the window.  If somebody built a 
BSD/MIT licensed driver that replaces every useful feature of all the 
forks, with no major problems, and a couple of major projects switched 
over to it (think "Skype" level big), maybe this mess could get 
resolved.  I think it would take someone already familiar with the major 
issues involved a couple of months of regular work to make any serious 
progress on it.

-- 
Greg Smith    2ndQuadrant   Baltimore, MD
PostgreSQL Training, Services and Support
greg(at)2ndQuadrant(dot)com  www.2ndQuadrant.com


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