[Catalyst] Alternatives to DBIx?

Carl Johnstone catalyst at fadetoblack.me.uk
Mon Apr 19 11:34:36 GMT 2010

kevin montuori wrote:
> In my experience (two or so years with DBIC/Catalyst and many, many
> more with sundry DBI hacks) DBIC code has proven trivial to maintain
> and augment.  Furthermore, it's relatively easy to find programmers
> who are familiar with it and can be brought up to speed quickly.  Your
> situation might be different; for me the maintenance is as important
> as the development.


At $work we adopted DBIC around 3 years ago when we switched to Catalyst. 
Since then, whenever we've brought new people onto the team I've had plenty 
of discussions with them about how much DBIC gets in the way and they would 
be able to get stuff done quicker if we just allowed them to write the SQL 

Eventually given enough experience with what we do, everybody comes around 
to seeing how much better things are with DBIC - especially when it comes to 
adding new features into the existing code base. I would say that DBIC 
actually becomes most useful when you stop thinking about SQL and start 
thinking in terms of the data that you actually need. Instead of trying to 
convert SQL to code, you just code and can be more productive.


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