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Ovid (2709)

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Stuff with the Perl Foundation. A couple of patches in the Perl core. A few CPAN modules. That about sums it up.

Journal of Ovid (2709)

Tuesday April 29, 2008
03:49 AM

Please Tell Me This Is Satire

[ #36268 ]

A comment on this anti-Rails rant reads:

Well my application is an online blog post management system with over 1400 database tables and I was pretty annoyed when Rails wouldn't let me use VARCHAR(400) as primary keys. We ended up ditching Rails for PHP 3.2 and I'll have to say I'm so happy now that I don't have to drink the kool-aid of DHH and all these Rails "n-00-bs". Perhaps people should think harder before becoming so arrogant and preachy about things like YAML and Dane Driven Development (DDD).

Ignoring all of the obnoxious bits of this comment, I'll just agree that Railss shouldn't forbid the use of VARCHAR(400) as primary keys. Being competent should forbid the use of VARCHAR(400) as primary keys.

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  • And 1400 tables sounds pretty ominous too...
  • Several of the major pro-/anti-Rails-hype spats are recognisable in there.

    1. “Scaffolding is a toy.” (Rails screencasts almost inevitably tend to be demonstrations of building blog engines built in five minutes.)
    2. ActiveRecord lacks support for composite primary keys and in fact for any SQL schema that does not follow a narrow set of conventions.
    3. Derek Sivers ditched Rails in favour of PHP for CDBaby, found himself very pleased at the result, and wrote about it, causing a huge outrage.
    4. DHH is not