[wp-hackers] GSoC 2011

Thomas Van Eyck thomas.vaneyck at gmail.com
Sat Apr 2 14:15:14 UTC 2011

Thx for the feedback scribu!

Anybody else have some feedback?


2011/4/1 Thomas Van Eyck <thomas.vaneyck at gmail.com>

> Hi,
> I have rewritten my proposal, and I would like to see if there is any
> interest for it. I published it on a blog, since I am using drawings to
> clarify some things. The website is www.thomasvaneyck.com.
> Thanks you!
> Thomas
> 2011/3/31 Thomas Van Eyck <thomas.vaneyck at gmail.com>
>> On it, thx for all the feedback. I will work on a new proposal redirecting
>> the focus.
>> Thomas
>> 2011/3/31 Otto <otto at ottodestruct.com>
>>> On Wed, Mar 30, 2011 at 10:20 PM, Thomas Van Eyck
>>> <thomas.vaneyck at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> > This discussion is getting of track. The do's and dont's of DB design
>>> are
>>> > important, but not the key topic of the discussion. It has been
>>> interesting
>>> > though :-)
>>> I think if you're wanting to improve the media system, that's perfect
>>> for a gsoc project, but perhaps you should focus more on the interface
>>> and the end goals instead of how you're wanting to get there from
>>> here.
>>> The media handling system is quite robust, but it's the interface that
>>> people really see. If you had some good goals for what you want people
>>> to see, or how an organization system should work from the user's
>>> perspective, then you'd have a good project.
>>> It's also important to recognize that the system isn't "legacy", as
>>> such. Attachments are stored in the posts table for a reason. That's a
>>> design feature, not a legacy architecture. The DB design has evolved
>>> over time to be highly fast and flexible. There's lots and lots (and
>>> friggin' lots) of code dealing with it in specific ways, and generally
>>> speaking you can fit pretty much anything you want into it. It's just
>>> a matter of rethinking. And I say this as somebody who has had to
>>> force myself to unlearn "third normal form" in learning scalable
>>> web-database programming. ;)
>>> So focus more on that end result. Maybe think about some mockup
>>> screens, or what sort of functionality in the interface would be
>>> useful to organize media. Heck, just adding an organization system for
>>> media would be a big project all by itself.
>>> -Otto
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