[jifty-devel] schema builder for pre-existing database?

Jesse Vincent jesse at bestpractical.com
Tue Oct 31 23:31:15 EST 2006

On Tue, Oct 31, 2006 at 10:32:40AM -0800, John Napiorkowski wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm really new to this project so please forgive me if
> my questions are so basic, just I can't find any
> guidence in the current docs.
> I'd like to give this framework a try, since from the
> documentation and the nice presentations of it seems
> like it really matches well with the way I think about
> web development.  However for this project I already
> have an extensive developed database and I was
> wondering if there was a tool around for building up
> your database schemas from existing ddl files or from
> the existing database files.  It would save me a lot
> of time, rather then rewritten it.  I didn't see
> anything in the SQL translator family of modules for
> this.

We don't have a tool to do this yet, though I know a few folks on the
list played with the idea early this year.

> Also another question I have is about setting your
> base templates for a view.  In template toolkit you
> can configure a base wrapper for the template, which I
> find useful since my current web project has three
> basic xhtml templates that a page could be rendered
> as.  I can't see the best practice way to do this in
> Jifty.

In mason, you can use autohandlers or <&|...> filter components.
masonhq.com is a good place to start.
> Sorry, one more question.  Should I try installing
> Jifty from the SVN or CPAN, since it seems like there
> is a lot of development since the last release.  I
> don't mind working with beta code, since this
> application is not immediately due, I have some time
> to shake things down and hopefully commit some tests
> to you.

I'd recommend Jifty and Jifty-DBI from subversion. They've got some
flourishes we don't yet have on CPAN.



> Thank you for your time.
> --john napiorkowski
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