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DBD::File::Roadmap - Planned Enhancements for DBD::File and pure Perl DBD's
Jens Rehsack - May 2010
This document gives a high level overview of the future of the DBD::File DBI driver and
groundwork for pure Perl DBI drivers.
The planned enhancements cover features, testing, performance, reliability, extensibility
CHANGES AND ENHANCEMENTS
There are some features missing we would like to add, but there is no time plan:
The newly implemented internal common table meta storage area would allow us to
implement LOCK TABLE support based on file system "flock ()" support.
While DBD::AnyData recommends explicitly committing by importing and exporting tables,
DBD::File might be enhanced in a future version to allow transparent transactions
using the temporary tables of SQL::Statement as shadow (dirty) tables.
Transaction support will heavily rely on lock table support.
Data Dictionary Persistence
SQL::Statement provides dictionary information when a "CREATE TABLE ..." statement is
executed. This dictionary is preserved for some statement handle attribute fetches (as
"NULLABLE" or "PRECISION").
It is planned to extend DBD::File to support data dictionaries to work on the tables
in it. It is not planned to support one table in different dictionaries, but you can
have several dictionaries in one directory.
SQL Engine selecting on connect
Currently the SQL engine selected is chosen during the loading of the module
DBI::SQL::Nano. Ideally end users should be able to select the engine used in
"DBI->connect ()" with a special DBD::File attribute.
Other points of view to the planned features (and more features for the SQL::Statement
engine) are shown in SQL::Statement::Roadmap.
DBD::File and the dependent DBD::DBM requires a lot more automated tests covering API
stability and compatibility with optional modules like SQL::Statement.
Several arguments for support of features like indexes on columns and cursors are made for
DBD::CSV (which is a DBD::File based driver, too). Similar arguments could be made for
DBD::DBM, DBD::AnyData, DBD::RAM or DBD::PO etc.
To improve the performance of the underlying SQL engines, a clean re-implementation seems
to be required. Currently both engines are prematurely optimized and therefore it is not
trivial to provide further optimization without the risk of breaking existing features.
Join the DBI developers IRC channel at <irc://irc.perl.org/dbi> to participate or post to
the DBI Developers Mailing List.
DBD::File currently lacks the following points:
duplicate table names
It is currently possible to access a table quoted with a relative path (a) and
additionally using an absolute path (b). If (a) and (b) are the same file that is not
recognized (except for flock protection handled by the Operating System) and two
independent tables are handled.
invalid table names
The current implementation does not prevent someone choosing a directory name as a
physical file name for the table to open.
I (Jens Rehsack) have some (partially for example only) DBD's in mind:
Derive DBD::Sys from a common code base shared with DBD::File which handles all the
emulation DBI needs (as getinfo, SQL engine handling, ...)
Provide a DBD::File derived to work with fixed table definitions through the file
system to demonstrate how DBI / Pure Perl DBDs could handle databases with
Provide a DBI driver which is able to manage multiple connections to other Databases
(as DBD::Multiplex), but allow them to point to different data sources and allow joins
between the tables of them:
# Let table 'lsof' being a table in DBD::Sys giving a list of open files using lsof utility
# Let table 'dir' being a atable from DBD::Dir
$sth = $dbh->prepare( "select * from dir,lsof where path='/documents' and dir.entry = lsof.filename" )
$sth->execute(); # gives all open files in '/documents'
# Let table 'filesys' a DBD::Sys table of known file systems on current host
# Let table 'applications' a table of your Configuration Management Database
# where current applications (relocatable, with mountpoints for filesystems)
# are stored
$sth = dbh->prepare( "select * from applications,filesys where " .
"application.mountpoint = filesys.mountpoint and ".
"filesys.mounted is true" );
$sth->execute(); # gives all currently mounted applications on this host
Our priorities are focused on current issues. Initially many new test cases for DBD::File
and DBD::DBM should be added to the DBI test suite. After that some additional
documentation on how to use the DBD::File API will be provided.
Any additional priorities will come later and can be modified by (paying) users.
RESOURCES AND CONTRIBUTIONS
See <http://dbi.perl.org/contributing> for how you can help.
If your company has benefited from DBI, please consider if it could make a donation to The
Perl Foundation "DBI Development" fund at <http://dbi.perl.org/donate> to secure future
Alternatively, if your company would benefit from a specific new DBI feature, please
consider sponsoring it's development through the options listed in the section "Commercial
Support from the Author" on <http://dbi.perl.org/support/>.
Using such targeted financing allows you to contribute to DBI development and rapidly get
something specific and directly valuable to you in return.
My company also offers annual support contracts for the DBI, which provide another way to
support the DBI and get something specific in return. Contact me for details.
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