[wp-hackers] GSoC 2013: UUID Abstraction
me at aniketpant.com
Tue Apr 30 18:05:01 UTC 2013
Just fixed it.
Seemed like some issue with WP Super Cache.
On Tue, Apr 30, 2013 at 11:19 PM, Eric Mann <eric at eam.me> wrote:
> Just a head's up, the full URL for your proposal (
> http://code.aniketpant.com/2013/04/gsoc-2013-uuid-abstraction/) 404s ... so
> no one else can leave comments at the moment.
> On Tue, Apr 30, 2013 at 9:38 AM, Aniket Pant <me at aniketpant.com> wrote:
>> I posted this sometime back, but it was a weekend. Eric responded on my
>> blog code.aniketpant.com
>> Would be great if I can get more insights on my idea.
>> Thank you.
>> On Apr 27, 2013 2:54 AM, "Aniket Pant" <me at aniketpant.com> wrote:
>> > Hey everyone,
>> > I'm Aniket (http://www.aniketpant.com), a third year undergraduate
>> > pursuing Mechanical Engineering at BITS Pilani - Goa Campus. I started
>> > web development with Codeigniter and after sometime picked up
>> > WordPress for developing small applications, themes and plugins. I
>> > have also spoken at two WordCamps in India, once on theme development
>> > and the other time on using metaboxes effectively.
>> > I planned to apply for GSoC 2012, but WordPress wasn't selected as a
>> > mentoring organization and I ended up getting busy during the summer
>> > with an internship. This year, while going through the ideas list, I
>> > was happy to see some of the old ideas back. In the last two weeks, I
>> > have opened some tickets and wrote a patch. Just trying to get the
>> > hang of the way WordPress development functions.
>> > I was planning to work towards Import/Export operations but my current
>> > understanding of the JSON based output is not sound. Somehow, I missed
>> > out on the UUID Abstraction Project while going through the list
>> > earlier and saw it sometime back. Just wanted to share my understand
>> > of the project and get some feedback on it.
>> > ## The basic idea
>> > This project is interesting because it is one of those projects which
>> > can actually go into the release cycle if the work is done right and
>> > the end result doesn't hamper any of the existing code. On reading
>> > through the data available on UUIDs, a number of variants are
>> > available. I feel that v5 which uses a SHA-1 hash is a suitable choice
>> > even from the security point of view. A v5 UUID is generated by
>> > providing a namespace and a name. Given the same name and the
>> > namespace, the generated output will be the same.
>> > ## How UUIDs can be generated?
>> > I searched around the net and found this -
>> > https://gist.github.com/dahnielson/508447. The mentioned file contains
>> > functions for generating v3, v4, v5 UUIDs.
>> > ## What namespace can be used?
>> > The namespace can be any of the following -
>> > - A unique string provided by the user during install/setup
>> > - The website name (but this can be similar in case of two websites,
>> > not sure if it will affect anything in any case)
>> > - A fixed/common UUID for all installations (not sure if this is a
>> > really good idea)
>> > - A random UUID created via a v4 UUID generator
>> > This can be converted to a UUID as the namespace needs to be another
>> > ## Change in the user table
>> > A new column for UUID will be introduced where the username will be
>> > used as the name for generating the UUID. Since the username is a
>> > mandatory field, it will always be present.
>> > namespace + username = User UUID
>> > ## Change in the posts table
>> > This table already contains a GUID which is in the form of a URL. It
>> > is unique, but for consistency it is logical to implement a UUID in
>> > this scenario. Similarly over here, the name provided for generating
>> > the UUID can be provided as the post title.
>> > Removal of GUID will not make sense because it is used all over the
>> > software for generating the URL in many places. Instead the field can
>> > be modified and updated to use UUID in it's place.
>> > ## How the changes will be carried out?
>> > A tool can be introduced to do this. It will run all user and post
>> > entries through it and generate UUIDs for them.
>> > This is what I have been able to think so far. I would really love to
>> > get some insights for my approach and what I might be planning
>> > incorrectly.
>> > Cheers!
>> > Aniket
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