[CDBI] I am still with Class::DBI - anyone else?

Rod McChesney rod.mcchesney at gmail.com
Sun Mar 29 20:29:15 BST 2009

I'll chime in -- we started with CDBI about four years ago. I followed the
blowup but we stuck with it despite some warts. It did what we needed and we
could work around any problems we found. I've used several ORM products in
Java and I like the balance CDBI strikes between too little and too much.
The projects are more or less in maintenance mode now but they do get new
features and fixes, and our existing CDBI infrastructure has been up to the
task. However if I were starting over at this point I suspect I would go
with Rose rather than DBIx.

On Sun, Mar 29, 2009 at 12:12 PM, Aaron Johnson <aaronjjohnson at gmail.com>wrote:

> Kate,
> I started using Class::DBI several years ago, shortly after it had
> come out.  I still have several projects that use it and I have built
> some projects that use DBIx::Class as well in the last year.
> I am the author of the Class::DBI::Plugin::FilterOnClick and at one
> point I started to rewrite it to work under DBIx::Class as well, but
> have not completed it yet.  That was at least two years ago.
> After having worked with both modules I still like Class::DBI better,
> but as with any software in the Internet era we have to keep moving
> forward to what has a bigger community if we hope to have support and
> get more pre-built goodies.  It seems strange to me that we discount a
> module sometimes because it hasn't been updated in a while.  Somehow
> frequency of update trumps usefulness.  Not for everyone mind you, but
> it seems to be an increasing attitude.
> My use of Class::DBI at this stage is completely maintenance and I
> would not start any new projects in it simply because developers that
> would be assisting in new projects have most likely use DBIx::Class
> instead so it *might* be easier to find someone with experience to
> help.
> In a way I think Class::DBI was ahead of the game, OO Perl had not yet
> become cool enough so adoption of Class::DBI was low.  When it was
> cool there was the blow up on the mailing list and I think all of that
> was just poor timing.  It is a solid abstraction of SQL and can make
> somethings easier then DBIx::Class, but the lack of adoption for the
> wrong reasons really hurt it.
> Those are my two cents anyway.
> Aaron
> 2009/3/27 Kate Yoak <kate at yoak.com>:
> > Hey Kids,
> >
> > I've been using Class::DBI since 2005 - ironically, getting into it just
> > after the Big Meltdown.  :-)
> >
> > I put a lot of work into customizations, relationships, little hacks to
> make
> > it work the way I like it, and now it's like a comfy blanket.  It's hard
> to
> > part.'
> >
> > A while ago I had an opportunity to look into DBIx::Class. I was on a
> > project, which was committed to it, and was given the somewhat
> intimidating
> > task of figuring out how to use it so I could teach everyone else.  I
> spent
> > a lot of time getting to know it and was able to write some useful
> samples
> > for the rest of the team.
> >
> > The end result - I went home and got back to my ever-so-sweet Class::DBI.
> > Well, it's actually Matt's Class::DBI::Sweet.  It lends some unbelievable
> > awesomeness to the module.
> >
> > I simply haven't found much that Class::DBI didn't support or didn't
> > accomodate after just a little code.
> >
> > So... I was curious, is anyone still out there?  Matt, what are you up
> to?
> > Is anyone maintaining Class::DBI still?  I would love to team up with
> > someone to release some of my hacks, and if that were to happen, call for
> > everyone else's. I'd really like to see this code resurrected.  Someone
> > recently told me, Class::DBI was deprecated.  Deprecated my butt!  :-)
> >
> > Any thoughts? Any voices?
> >
> > Kate
> >
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