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Lord Yupa

February 2010

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Bleh.

Available documentation for PHP's "PEAR" project blows serious chunks.

They're sitting on what appears to be a reasonably decent database independent class (analogous to Perl's DBI class), and it's a royal pain to use because I can't find crap for information on it. Do they realize that developers (read, ME) want to use this, and would like to use this, assuming they could figure out how?

In other news, my porting of WikkiTikkiTavi, a really neat wiki to make use of PostgreSQL is stalling. The database abstraction layer designed into 'Tavi is not quite up to handling PostgreSQL (designed for MySQL), and the work it would take to get it directly working with Postgres is about the same as it would require to port it over to using the PEAR DB class.

Yeah, so now I just need to get the motivation to do that. Oh, and the knowledge.

Comments

Agreed.

I completely agree.

If they would just take a little bit of time to document what they're doing with PEAR, life would be *so* much nicer.

I mean, as things are now, they don't even have a function reference, or even a function listing, for what's in PEAR. In fact, based just on www.php.net, you'd never even know that PEAR was in development.

If you are interested in it, I've started compiling an (incomplete) collection of documents regarding PEAR, specifically about the DB class. You can see it here: http://tavi.sourceforge.net/DatabaseIndependance.