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Ah, thanks.

This is my proposed syntax and examples of it being used:
https://gist.github.com/702925

Here is my answer to those questions:

- PHP code
- See the gist for syntax
- Return object instances of the annotation because then you can call
methods on the annotation if you need to (it think it would be useful)
- Can you APC cache ones that exist at compile time and then not cache
ones that are created at runtime (since they are likely to change
anyways, request to request)?
- Method argument order to maintain consistency with PHP syntax. Named
arguments if PHP ever gets 'em. The grammar addition should use the
grammar already there in the grammar file for calling methods so that it
always works with the new way of calling methods and functions.
- Yes for inherited metadata as long as you can filter it out (exactly
like in the RFC).

A another comment:

getAnnotation($name) and getAnnotation($name, $type) both have to become
getAnnotations and then always return an array. This makes things more
consistent and allows for multiple metadata structures for each method.

The gist I posted would be a fully working API (albeit very basic with
no proper error/exception handling) if the url parsing code was put in,
but I left it out for brevity.

Opinions?

-Alec


On 11/16/2010 9:39 PM, guilhermeblanco@gmail.com wrote:
Hi Alec,

Here is the quick list:
- Where to put the metadata information? docblock or though php code?
- Syntax (based on first decision)
- Return would be an array or object instances
- Compile time or run time (decision is more about APC being able to
cache, but instances being created at runtime automatically or no APC
cache but instances only being created when requested (during
Reflection call)
- Named variables for instantiation or method arguments order? How
would we deal with the need of Reflector during constructor if second
sounds better?
- Would we support inherited metadata?

Cheers,

On Wed, Nov 17, 2010 at 12:33 AM, Alec Gorgewrote:
In my opinion (as a person with 0 karma), I think that sounds reasonable
because most people are most concerned about the actual implementation
(syntax, performance, apc etc) because I don't think many argue that
Metadata doesn't have value.

What are the 5 different discussion topics you are thinking of, just out of
curiosity?

Also, I can just post my syntax idea as a gist or pastie or something
instead of making an rfc...

-Alec
On 11/16/2010 9:29 PM, guilhermeblanco@gmail.com wrote:
Hi Stas,

Ok, so you think I should just consider everyone want some sort of
meta attribute support and start discussing the topics?
Should I separate it in different threads or put it all here?

The subject is big and I identify at least 5 different discussions
that can diverge.

Cheers,

On Wed, Nov 17, 2010 at 12:26 AM, Stas Malyshev<smalyshev@sugarcrm.com>
wrote:
Hi!
I'm able to write 10 RFC's, but none will care until we reach this
list with a patch.
Not entirely true. Patch helps, but with feature this big and complex
having
consensus on design before actually implementing it may be better and
save
you some time.
As for polls, I think generic "having annotations" poll is not very
useful.
It's like having a poll "should we have cool features in PHP?" Of course
we
should! The devil is in the details. And so far the details of this thing
contain a significant number of devils we have to handle.
--
Stanislav Malyshev, Software Architect
SugarCRM: http://www.sugarcrm.com/
(408)454-6900 ext. 227

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