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NAME

       Tangram::Sucks - what there is to be improved in Tangram

DESCRIPTION

       Tangram has taken a concept very familiar to programmers in Java land to its logical
       completion.

       This document is an attempt by the coders of Tangram to summarise the major problems that
       are inherant in the design, describe cases for which the Tangram metaphor does not work
       well, and list long standing TO-DO items.

       DESIGN CAVEATS

       query language does not cover all SQL expressions
           Whilst there is no underlying fault with the query object metaphor per se, there are
           currently lots of queries that cannot be expressed in current versions of Tangram, and
           adding new parts to the language is not easy.

       some loss of encapsulation with queries
           It could be said this is not a problem.  After all, adding properties to a schema of
           an object is akin to declaring them as "public".

           Some people banter on about data access patterns, which the Tangram schema represents.
           But OO terms like that are usually treated as buzzwords anyway.

       HARD PROBLEMS

       partial column select
           This optimisation has some serious dangers associated with it.

           It could either be

       no support for SQL UPDATE
           It may be possible to write a version of "$storage->select()" that does this, which
           would look something like:

             $storage->update
                 ( $r_object,
                   set => [ $r_object->{bar} == $r_object->{baz} + 2 ],
                   filter => ($r_object->{frop} != undef)
                 );

       no explicit support for re-orgs
           The situation where you have a large amount of schema reshaping to do, with a complex
           enough data structure can turn into a fairly difficult problem.

           It is possible to have two Tangram stores with different schema and simply load
           objects from one and put them in the other - however the on-demand autoloading
           combined with the automatic insertion of unknown objects will result in the entire
           database being loaded into core if it is sufficiently interlinked.

       replace SQL expression core
           The whole SQL expression core needs to be replaced with a SQL abstraction module that
           is a little better planned.  For instance, there should be placeholders used in a lot
           more places where the code just sticks in an integer etc.

       support for `large' collections
           Where it is impractical or undesirable to load all of a collection into memory, when
           you are adding a member and then updating the container, it should be possible to

           This could actually be achieved with a new Tangram::Type.

       MISSING FEATURES

       concise query expressions
           For simple selects, this is too long:

             ...

       non-ID joins
       tables with no primary key
       tables with multi-column primary keys
       tables with auto_increment keys
       tables without a `type' column
       tables with custom `type' columns
       tables with implicit (presence) `type' columns
       fully symmetric relationships
           back-refs are read-only.

       bulk inserts
           Inserting lots of similar objects should be more efficient.  Right now it generates a
           new STH for each object.

       `empty subclass' schema support
           You should not need to explicitly add new classes to a schema if a superclass of them
           is already in the schema.