On 09/26/2012 01:54 PM, Krinkle wrote:
We're going towards a flexible modular system,
means components have dependencies and build on each other - as opposed to just
This sounds great, but I do see an important missing piece of
First, I am absolutely in favor of a loosely-coupled, modular system
instead of just building a larger and larger core.
The problem, though, is that there is no way to install, use, or update
extensions apart from doing it by hand. Requiring the installation of
multiple modules by hand isn't going to lead to a thriving, modular
ecosystem. We need a dependency manager.
Thankfully, I think there is already a dependency manager that we can
I'm talking about Composer (http://getcomposer.org/
Of course, MediaWiki isn't aware of this dependency manager and so
MediaWiki's extensions aren't either. I've only looked at it briefly,
but it appears that adding support wouldn't be difficult at all -- it
would just mean adding a file to the git repository.
What do you think?