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E2 site code about to take an incompatible change

by JayBonci (Curate)
on Sep 28, 2012 at 15:04 UTC ( #996239=pmdevtopic: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

Hey monks,

Over at E2, we are about to take what is going to be an very incompatible change and forever move away from Perlmonks: we're going to be getting rid of the $VARS hash, and replacing it with a $DB->getNodeParam($NODE, "paramname") type setup where we have a large, indexed key-value store for each node. We'll be caching the contents of the vars in the nodeCache, but the goal is to not have to rewrite $VARS every time, and to be able to expand the code so that any type of node can have a key/value parameter.

The goal is to move some non-index-needing, non-primary columns over to it, and be able to add arbitrary metadata to any type of node, without having to muck with types and database schemas. If you guys are interested in syncing up, drop me an email or a message here, and we'll try and figure out what our engine deltas look like. In ecore terms, it is like every node would virtually join on setting.

I'd like to continue to be on the same rough engine branch, and be able to share performance improvements with you guys, but it's going to require a bit of engineering work.

Also, we've had some great success moving to AWS, so if you're thinking about picking up stakes and moving anywhere, please let me know and i'll have happy to share my recipes and practices getting E2 up and cooking on a modern web platform. Having S3 and RDS available has been a huge boon for our performance. I don't know what the state of the site is now that Perl foundation has it.

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