[Seaside] Database Integration

Dan Shafer dan at shafermedia.com
Thu Jun 1 16:31:59 UTC 2006

Before I returned to my Smalltalk roots, I took a side trip into Ruby  
on Rails. I never got very good at it (I think maybe I'm too old to  
learn such fancy new tricks) but I did understand it conceptually and  
admired it. Seaside seems, in some ways, to be an improvement even on  
the wildly popular Rails. Except for one thing.

One of the main things Rails does for you as a developer is  
completely abstract out the necessity of dealing with the database.  
And since most Web apps -- at least the ones I'm planning to build --  
have databases behind them for one reason or another, this is kind of  
important. As far as I can tell, at least, Seaside leaves the issue  
unaddressed. Is that because Smalltalk apps are less likely to *use*  
databases or because of capabilities built into Squeak/Smalltalk that  
can be taken advantage of without having to put more code into  
Seaside or is it in the planning stages or what?


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