[wp-hackers] PostgreSQL port status?

Computer Guru computerguru at neosmart.net
Thu Oct 4 03:54:51 GMT 2007

IMO it's highly unlikely MySQL would ever add a keyword that's in use as a
table name in the more popular open source platforms.... After all, we're
all on the same team here :)

On 10/4/07, Tom Barta <tbarta at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 10/2/07, Leonid Mamchenkov <leonid at mamchenkov.net> wrote:
> > On 10/2/07, usleepless at gmail.com <usleepless at gmail.com> wrote:
> > > But as Tom pointed out, (reserverd) keywords are ... well ... kind of
> > > reserved. Don't use them as identifiers.
> >
> > I guess there is an added benefit of forward compatibility in escaping
> > fields and table names.  Words which are not reserved now can become
> > so in the future.
> Ok, so there's at least two options:
> 1) Use backticks to escape tables and fields.  This future-proofs
> against MySQL reserved keyword changes (how frequently does that
> happen?).  It also makes it harder to  use /any other database/ with
> Wordpress.
> 2) Use non-reserved tables and fields.  If a new version of MySQL
> comes out that adds an inconvenient reserved word, then the first
> version of WP needs to add backticks or provide a DB upgrade path with
> a field rename.
> How frequently is a new version of MySQL expected to add keywords that
> collide with the WP schema?  It seems to me like this is something
> that deliberately hurts any future for cross-platform WP support
> (which is an issue that comes up frequently, so it is a real issue for
> some people) to avoid a slim chance that some future version of MySQL
> will change things.  Just because WP is only targetted towards MySQL
> doesn't mean that it should go out of its way to entrench itself in
> MySQL for (what I view as) a questionable benefit.
> --
> Tom
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