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Custom Data Types in ActiveObjects

17
Oct
2007

ORMs really interest me, so naturally I read a lot of material regarding ORMs of all kinds, especially Hibernate and ActiveRecord.  One of the more interesting reviews I read recently complained about the rigidity of the type system in the Rails ORM.  According to the author’s examination of the code, ActiveRecord just uses a monolithic [...]

Custom Primary Keys with ActiveObjects

15
Oct
2007

One of the main complaints I’ve heard leveled against ActiveObjects is that it’s just not suitable for mapping to legacy schemas.  More generically, concerns have been mooted that it enforces naming conventions and field conventions which aren’t suitable/preferable for some projects.  I suppose at first both of these were true.  After all, ActiveObjects’s entire premise [...]

Is a Separate Text Search Engine a Bad Idea?

11
Oct
2007

I was reading this blog entry a few days ago, and it started me thinking about full-text searching.  That wasn’t the main topic of the post, but I think the little side-trek into the field was interesting enough to merit some thought.  Right smack in the middle, Jamie goes on a bit of a rant [...]

Is Windows Really the Best Development OS?

8
Oct
2007

I realize that the stated topic is a classic example of flame-bait, but it’s still a question which deserves some serious consideration.  Is Windows really the best OS for a developer to use?  And when I say developer, I mean someone like me who does a nice assortment of Java, Ruby, C++, etc.  Obviously, someone [...]

ActiveObjects: Indexing vs Searching

1
Oct
2007

So in the intervening time since I last updated you on ActiveObjects, I’ve been busy refactoring and repurposing some of the core.  I’ve added a full JUnit test suite, which definitely helps my own confidence about the stability of the source.  Also, there’s a whole bunch of new features that have come down the pipe [...]