Forum OpenACS Development: Re: RFC: PostgreSQL-specific packages
I don't see that anarchistic programming practices are a good idea.
I would be very interested to hear your definition of "anarchistic programming practices". The software engineering community has well adopted design patterns as *the* concept for best practices in the field and xotcl provides tcl constructs for implementing design patterns.
As I already said, I am not advocating that OpenACS should follow this path but I would say quite the opposite, i.e. it is OpenACS that has way to many hacks and thus increasing the learning curve.
You are right when you say that the packages I mention in the end of my message, i.e. bookmarks and the persistence layer, were just some experiments of mine but as I clarified in my previous message, I were only bringing people up to date with my work.
You may have to be content to put up your own repository of custom packages if you prefer using tools that aren't part of the toolkit.
That could be an option that I have not considered yet. However, I would rather spend some time around here and when the time comes for such a repository, myself will do so in such a way that it won't conflict with my OpenACS developer attribute -- I will ask for suggestions from the community in what way that could be accomplished so that there would be no differences (but that's for *when/if* the time comes for such a repository).
I hope this is a more complete reply to your message. I would gladly clarify any mood points. Comments?