[thelist] searching and JSON

Bob Meetin bobm at dottedi.biz
Fri Sep 21 10:10:31 CDT 2012

On 09/21/2012 06:15 AM, Sarah Adams wrote:
>> Now I can use my framework for pretty much anything so I stick with it because it does the job and I know every single line of code making it easier to maintain and expand.
> I think this is the crux of the matter. If you were a Drupal expert
> you'd probably find it just as easy to add new features to a Drupal
> site, or maybe even easier since there is a ton of already-built stuff
> out there, so there's no need to reinvent the wheel. So what happens
> if you end up passing of the development/maintenance of a project to
> someone else? Would they find it easy to navigate your framework?
> Sarah
With Joomla, probably Drupal and Wordpress there are thousands of folks out there already familiar with the framework, enough so to be able to take over common projects. With very very simple web sites you don't need developer skills to be able to handle administration. You do need to know how to read, use google, and find the CMS' extensions directory where you can find forums, shopping carts, calendars and elsewhere, themes and other off-the-wall stuff.

Commonly with low-cost licensed extensions you get some level of support and can rely on the developers for upgrades, new features. If you are developer you learn the system and figure out how to implement custom code to fill in gaps.

You lose some freedom but gain in these other areas. What it really comes down to is finding the system that meets your business needs.

BTW, regarding the subject line of this thread, I followed Renoir's suggestion with adding some additional fields extracting the date out of JSON formatted data to make searching easier. As it turned out we not only needed to search/match but also to do some searches on date range so I grabbed things like birthdate and set up a new table with birthdate as a separate field.  To keep the table updated I have a script that will add a new entry as necessary or update an existing entry.  The table is easily extended. I'm sure there will be other JSON formatted fields that will find a home here too.

mysql> select * from akxzm_k2_extra_fields_extended;
| id   | dob        | dod        | note    |
|   10 | 1887-01-01 | 1938-01-01 | NULL    |
|    5 | 1490-03-21 | 1983-01-01 | NULL    |
2 rows in set (0.02 sec)


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