[Mediawiki-l] $dbr->selectDB

DanTMan dan_the_man at telus.net
Sat Aug 25 18:30:41 UTC 2007

Actually, most things around mediawiki take a 2 letter start on what 
they're from then what they are.

Notice the $wg, and wf.
w stands for Wiki, g for global, and f for funtion.
So $wg = Wiki Global, wf = Wiki Function.
Similarly some extension authors have e stand for extension and...
Here $eg = Extension Global, and ef = Extension Function
If we give Database tables the letter t then using a prefix of et for 
Extension Table then the extension name appears to follow the unwritten 
standard that most people seam to use around MediaWiki.

wg = Wiki Global
wf = Wiki Function
eg/Id/ = Extension Global for Extension /ID/
ef/Id/ = Extension Function for Extension /ID/
et/Id/ = Extension Table for Extension /ID
/Of course we don't add any wt prefix to MediaWiki Database tables 
because we have $wgDBprefix.

Make enough sense? Your tables in this format would be:

~Daniel Friesen(Dantman) of The Gaiapedia, Wikia Graphical Entertainment Project, and Wiki-Tools.com

Jim Hu wrote:
> How about prefixing with we to indicate it's a wiki extension table?   
> So, I would convert my box, row, and row_metadata tables trom the  
> TableEdit extenstion to
> 	weTableEdit_box
> 	weTableEdit_row
> 	weTableEdit_row_metadata
> For the Vote extension, the table would become
> 	weVote
> How does that sound? Or should we use an underscored prefix, e.g.  
> "ext_".  I know there will never be hard and fast rules, but it seems  
> to me that if the core devs agree to some prefix that will not be  
> used for the core schema, then the extensions only have to worry  
> about conflicting with each other. And we could create a registry on  
> mediawiki.org for extension db tables.
> Jim
> On Aug 25, 2007, at 9:40 AM, Rob Church wrote:
>> On 24/08/07, Jim Hu <jimhu at tamu.edu> wrote:
>>> Was there ever a consensus on table naming for extensions adding to
>>> the core schema?
>> There's no hard-and-fast rules, but I'd recommend picking a name that
>> isn't going to conflict with any other possible use of a table by the
>> same name, where that table would be named according to common sense.
>> You might prefix the table names with the name of the extension, for
>> instance. If it's just one table, having the table name be the same
>> *as* the extension is probably good idea.
>> Rob Church
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