Date sent: Tue, 22 Oct 2002 05:51:42 -0400
Subject: Re: [NOVICE] Big Picture
From: Erik Price <erikprice(at)mac(dot)com>
On my cursory reading of Fabien Pascal on dbdebunk.com (which
is both refreshing and entertaining and reccommended), he seems
to emphasise the need to separate the application from the
application's data requirements. Get the data model right and then
look hard at how the application might best be implemented.
Many rdbms' have a layer (in pg, rules, triggers, plsql etc) which
have the potential to support an applications functional
requirements, and rdbms' have traditionally wrestled with the
eternal problems of concurrency and consistency and are therefore
well suited to handle these issues.
I'm not sure sql is the place to handle application logic as a rule
though. I would tend to put as much control as possible within the
database, but no more.
The old fashioned idea of three tier applications, database, logic
and presentation has much to commend it as a guide. Using each
layer as intended will maximise the utility and flexibility of the
entire application. All easier said than done, of course and it will
always come down to the developer's judgement.
Just mt opinion of course
> On Tuesday, October 22, 2002, at 03:08 AM, Joel Rodrigues wrote:
> > Or, if one were looking for childishly (in programming terms) easy,
> > instant/simultaneous web gratification, try putting as much of your
> > application logic into SQL, use Python CGI scripting, and use a web
> > browser interface. So simple.
> Is "putting as much of your application logic into SQL" the preferred
> way to develop DB-driven applications? I ask this because the only
> database I've used is MySQL, which I enjoyed learning about and using
> but required me to implement a lot of the DB logic in my application
> code. (It was a PHP app.) That's why I want to try PostgreSQL, to get
> more experience with writing logic into the database itself. But I was
> curious if there are any resources that discuss why this methodology is
> preferrable if indeed it is.
> PS: I agree that Python is a great language!
> Erik Price (zombies roam)
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