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From Christopher Oliver <>
Subject Re: Flow Layer Database API
Date Tue, 04 Mar 2003 06:32:56 GMT
Antonio Gallardo wrote:
> Hi Christopher:
> I think that the point they tried to show us is that the database
> functions  can be an optional part of all the Flow block. I agree because
> some applications will not need to use databases at all.

Yes, clearly, that is the case. However, there isn't yet a mechanism for 
creating "JavaScript" blocks - and you can't solve everything at once.

The problem I was trying to address is this: why do people choose to use 
ESQL or JSTL for database processing, rather than writing JDBC code in 
their server pages? Well, because it's _easier_. So, in my opinion, we 
will need an equally easy-to-use API to convince those people to use the 
flow layer. I've had first-hand experience in my regular job of a wide 
range of people finding JDBC very unfriendly. And for such people 
Hibernate or OJB as a solution isn't going to seem much friendlier.

That's it.

Anyway, I've moved getConnection() off of the "cocoon" object and placed 
  it in a new "Database" object, so now you should do this to create a 

    var conn = Database.getConnection(dataSourceName);



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