On 02/16/2015 09:34 AM, Mark A. Hershberger wrote:
I've opened a task on Phabricator to attempt to merge the information
in extension.json with Composer's
Can we please centralize this discussion? We're discussing this on-wiki,
and now it's spread to Phabricator and wikitech-l.
Kunal has rightly pointed out that composer
doesn't fit some use-cases
for MediaWiki. I see that as an opportunity to be good citizens in the
larger developer community by working to integrate MediaWiki into the
growing ecosystem available on packagist.org
For example, if composer had been available, we might not have had to
develop our own HTTP client.
I don't buy this argument. If there had been code available for us to
use and there was an advantage to using it instead of writing our own,
we probably would have just copied it into core like we have done with
other PHP code in includes/libs/. But this has already been discussed
If composer had been available, Brion could have
released the work under
includes/normal as its own package. As he says in the README there:
This directory contains some Unicode normalization routines. These
routines are meant to be reusable in other projects, so I'm not
tying them to the MediaWiki utility functions.
There's nothing stopping us from doing that now. I've moved the code to
includes/libs/normal, so it shouldn't be too difficult.