Create data types for models using record syntax for the fields.
Create an automated method for generating SQL data definition i.e.
CREATE TABLE etc
Do things properly — write tests for this from the very beginning
Learn how to use QuickTest, or other testing strategies, as soon as I
am in some position to know what to test.
Tried to start with defining my 'Post' data type, and then use a type
class 'DBField' with instances for 'Int', 'String' etc that would
generate corresponding SQL definition. Of course this won't work because
'Post' is a data type, and type class methods work only on instances of
data type (i.e. data types are not first class values, unlike in Python,
so I can't do something like the way Django does it). An alternative is
to have a script that parses the models.hs file and generates SQL based
on its content.
Changed tack. I'm going to start with the database libraries, and work from
the kind of input they want, as that is likely to be a constraint. I'm
starting with HaskellDB and HSQL
Needed to install libmysqlclient-dev to build HSQL-MySQL
End of session — got HaskellDB, HSQL-MySQL installed etc, but didn't
manage to get the HaskellDB tests working — won't load my drivers for
Basically I scrapped my initial plan, and changed tack completely.
Session 3 - 2007-07-13
Had another go at getting HSQL working, and succeeded this time, with help
from comments on my rant about
lack of success so far.