Kexi/KexiDB/libCalligraDB

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The Task: Move core parts of KexiDB lib from kexi/kexidb to calligra/libs/db (libcalligradb) for reuse by Words' Bibliographic Database module and possibly other places in Calligra.

Status: in master (2.6) since 2012-07-11

Detailed changes:

  • GUI- or Kexi-related bits such as validators are still in Kexi
  • Only the SQLite3 driver is moved to libcalligradb, others stay within Kexi
    • thus, calligra libs depend on the driver, i.e. depend on SQLite3 (this was the case already for Words and Kexi)
    • calligra libs depend on ICU as well for proper unicode handling (which is dependency of Qt 5 anyway)
  • PredicateKDb library, as a Qt-only component, will replace functionality of the calligradb lib
  • sqlitedump tool used for database for interactive database compacting stays in Kexi; if needed could be moved to libs/ too
  • a few functions from libkexiutils moved to libcalligradb, so libkexiutils is not dependency
  • for simplicity/API stability, namespace stays as KexiDB
  • README.PACKAGERS file updated

Plans:

  • port the biblio db storage from plain QtSQL to libcaligradb (smitpatel)
    • with support from jstaniek
    • target version: 2.6
  • port the biblio db storage to PredicateKDb (by who?)
    • with support from jstaniek
    • target version: 3.0

Minutes from IRC meeting

  • 2012-07-03
  • requested by jstaniek
  • attended by boemann, jstaniek, smitpatel
  • idea: storage for bibliography could re-use libKexiDB instead of libQtSQL
  • pros:
    • simplify the code
    • increase code re-use - KexiDB is developed 8+ years already with reuse in mind
    • make the database ($HOME/.calligra/biblio.sqlite) accesible to Kexi, so biblio db can be added to the 'Kexi Scientific' family of templates for data re-use and manipulation
    • KexiDB has database and table creation API, hides SQL complexity, QtSQL does not (what may result in code complexity in Words)
  • cons and questions:
    • size of libKexiDB as dependency (Biblio already uses SQLite3, which is the biggest dependency compared to either QtSQL or KexiDB anyway)
    • we're moving to PredicateKDb in Kexi (but that would happen no earlier than in 3.0, realistically in 3.1 or 3.2), so KexiDB is here for the transition period
    • are the APIs stable? (yes, most changes happen in PredicateKDb, moreover KexiDB is Calligra's internal API, so will be updated with the apps and the Biblio code)
    • Words cannot depend on Kexi (it wouldn't, relevant parts of KexiDB should be moved to calligra/libs/)
  • extra points, from Kexi's perspective
    • According to plans, Kexi will have biblio-feature db in 3.x anyway as a template, which ideally would depend on Words too. With kexidb reuse we would avoid incompatible two databases, avoid extra work, and avoid two Biblio products.
    • For now Kexi lacks templates that are real world and integrated with other Calligra apps. The Biblio initiative helps here.
  • current state: smitpatel delivered QtSQL-based code for Biblio (within GSoC 2012), jstaniek thinks it has bits (db and table creation) already handled in KexiDB
  • final agreement has been reached: KexiDB adoption in Biblio
    • smitpatel already studied kexi/tests/newapi sample code and claims it looks pretty straight forward for use in Biblio
    • Biblio can be still kept small enough after using with KexiDB, in fact codebase size of Biblio will decrease
    • Kexi is not exposed to Words' users in any way; conversely - users may find the connection in Kexi if they decide
    • jstaniek offers to move relevant part of KexiDB to calligra/libs/ ASAP
      • the library renames to calligradb and the dir is calligra/libs/db/ (to avoid references to Kexi)
      • missing bits of the API needed by Biblio can be added (since there's no BC/SC requirement in KexiDB)
    • jstaniek offers support for smitpatel in KexiDB use
    • jstaniek offers support for porting to PredicateKDb when it arrives
    • jstaniek offers maintaining the libcalligradb for Qt 5.0
    • jstaniek proposes to keep KexiDB namespace in libcalligradb however since it defines API which is heavily used in Kexi (3200+ times); after moving to PredicateKDb it won't be a problem
    • all devs want to avoid changes of the db format so the current QtSQL-based code even if released, will be marked as experimental, before moving to KexiDB

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