[geeklog-devel] more GSoC project ideas

Tom websitemaster at cogeco.net
Fri Mar 4 09:09:42 EST 2011

It was actually me Joe was talking to.

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> Ben said he was going to put in my change
to allow "alternate" template engines.

Did I say something like that... because I don't remember...



2011/3/4 Joe Mucchiello <jmucchiello at yahoo.com>:
> The database idea is either too big or a little small depending on how 
> you do it. I think the easy (and perhaps too small) way is to just 
> make a PDO.class.php in the databases directory and use that to handle 
> "legacy" database access. Then expose the PDO connection object as a 
> global so new code can code against PDO directly. The GSOC part would 
> be ensuring the legacy code works through PDO with as little change as 
> possible. By the time the GSOC code was plugged into core, core would no
longer support PHP4 (PDO is PHP5 only).
>> On a similar topic, we could look at a GSOC program to change up our 
>> template library. It's a bit silly that we still don't have compiled 
>> templates (to the detriment of our performance). Joe's work could be 
>> used as a basis or the student could look at implementing an existing 
>> template library (preferably one that could be backward compatible 
>> with existing templates).
> Or you could just ask me to write it. Ben said he was going to put in 
> my change to allow "alternate" template engines. Once that gets in, I 
> promised to release a plugin containing my template library. The 
> current version on my harddrive contain IF/ELSE processing, LOOPs over 
> arrays and database, better block handling, fully backward compatible 
> with the phplib library, and can be cached to disk or memcache 
> (although I need to reinstall memcache since my last computer rebuild).
Oh, it also has a test suite.
>> These might both be too big for a GSOC project, but worth thinking about?
> Most likely.
>> Finally, many may not remember, but years and years ago (2002 or 
>> 2003) I pushed a big set of patches to improve page load performance. 
>> If I recall correctly, I eliminated (through combination or caching) 
>> a bunch of SQL queries, cleaned up PHP code (including getting rid of 
>> some recursion), and completely rewrote the comment display code. 
>> Doing something similar again today as a GSOC project could be 
>> beneficial to Geeklog. I hadn't brought this up before because this 
>> is an awfully non-specific task. I'm not sure it will fit well all 
>> that well into GSOC project. Any thoughts?
> And I did the same thing 2007. I still have a bunch of diffs I like to 
> apply to lib-security and lib-common because it hits the database far 
> too many times. I tried to sneak a couple of those into the socnet 
> changes that still aren't released. If I thought the patches would be 
> applied, I'd make feature requests and post patches. But since there's no
track record there, I don't do it.
> Want to reduce Geeklog's memory footprint? Compartmentalize the core
> In public_html/search.php:
> define('INCL_SEARCH',1); // yes, before the include, it is safe 
> include 'lib-common.php';
> In every plugin/function.inc:
> if (defined('INCL_SEARCH')) include $plugin_path . 'search.inc';
> And in search.inc, each plugin puts all the search related plugin_
> Repeat this for most of the global php files: comment, search, user, 
> usersettings, stats!!, submit, trackback/pingback,  etc. and you will 
> reduce the load time of all pages.
> I've also been working on lib-smallcommon. A drop-in replacement for 
> lib-common that can be used in AJAX calls that don't need most of the 
> COM_ library. The code is just sitting on my hard drive since Geeklog
1.4.1 going out of date.
> Geeklog is not a good foundation for "web 2.0" apps as it loads the 
> moon to deliver cosmic motes.
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