XMLDB creating new DDL functions - pre 2.0
Before Moodle 1.6, all the DB install and upgrade was developed twice (once to handle MySQL installations and another to handle PostgreSQL installations). This approach, although working, has caused some headaches in the past, mainly because it was really difficult to keep both lines of development 100% on sync. Some developers do they work against one RDBMS and it was complex to develop to the other one (two test environments, skills on both databases, slower development cycle...). And all this was happening with only two supported RDBMS!
One of the main objectives of Moodle 1.7 is to extend the the number of supported RDBMS to other flavours (more exactly, to Oracle and MSSQL). And the old approach (one line of development for each DB) could become an absolute nightmare.
Handling XMLDB objects
Integration with the XMLDB Editor
- DDL functions: To get access to the updated documentation about the functions available to modify the DB objects.
- XML structure: To know a bit more about the internal XML structure used to describe all the DB objects using one neutral language.
- List of functions to create: The list of functions to be created from scratch. Used to follow the progress and its status.