[ann] dbi 0.4.0

DBI 0.4.0 is the next stable release of DBI, a lightweight database
agnostic interface modeled after Perl’s DBI.

This release brings many things:

  • Type conversion is now universally managed amongst DBDs. Please see
    DBI::Type and DBI::TypeUtil and the DBI::StatementHandle#bind_coltype
    method.
  • Rubygems support! All DBDs and DBI will now install and appropriately
    fetch
    prerequisites (when possible) via the ‘gem’ command and other Rubygems
    interfaces.
  • Lots of code has been cleaned up and the filesystem has been
    significantly
    reorganized.
  • Many bugfixes due to inconsistencies between DBDs.
  • DBDs that were deprecated in 0.2.0 have been removed, as have the
    Proxy and
    Trace libraries (they didn’t work anyways.) Proxy and Trace will be
    revisited
    in the future.
  • Several calls and classes have been deprecated in favor of native
    ruby replacements.
  • Tons of new documentation for both DBI users and DBD developers alike.

On Sun, Aug 24, 2008 at 06:43:20PM +0900, Erik H. wrote:

DBI 0.4.0 is the next stable release of DBI, a lightweight database
agnostic interface modeled after Perl’s DBI.

Thanks to you and the other maintainers for working on this, much
appreciated.
I love the fact that it’s now a (maintained) set of gems. Whoohoo!

Jos B. wrote:

On Sun, Aug 24, 2008 at 06:43:20PM +0900, Erik H. wrote:

DBI 0.4.0 is the next stable release of DBI, a lightweight database
agnostic interface modeled after Perl’s DBI.

Thanks to you and the other maintainers for working on this, much
appreciated.
I love the fact that it’s now a (maintained) set of gems. Whoohoo!

Shameless plug in 3…2…1…

Glad to hear it :slight_smile:

DBI is still very far from being production-quality software though (as
much as it pains me to admit that), and I am always looking for people
with solid ideas/code/criticism to bring to the table. The software
(ideally) only gets better when more people are demonstrating what they
want changed.

Another great way to get involved is to grab an unsupported DBD and
write one or leapfrog off an old one that’s been removed. Now that
they’re independently packaged, it’s much easier to do this without any
external involvement.

So allow me to jump at the opportunity to pimp the lists:
http://rubyforge.org/mail/?group_id=234

If you want to get involved, there’s no boys club here and until the S:N
gets too low to continue in this manner, I want to encourage anyone to
contribute. just keep the goals of the project in mind, which are
demonstrated here: http://ruby-dbi.rubyforge.org when making suggestions
(in other words, we’re not writing an ORM or exceptionally heavy
abstractions anytime soon).

-Erik

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