Chris J. Lee

Dallas Drupal Developer

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Why orm's suck

Listening to some critics, you'd think that the best thing for a modern software developer to do is roll their own ORM. The implication is that tools like Hibernate and Active Record have just become bloatware, so you should come up with your own lightweight alternative. Now I've spent many an hour griping at bloatware, but ORMs really don't fit the bill - and I say this with bitter memory. For much of the 90's I saw project after project deal with the object/relational mapping problem by writing their own framework - it was always much tougher than people imagined. Usually you'd get enough early success to commit deeply to the framework and only after a while did you realize you were in a quagmire - this is where I sympathize greatly with Ted Neward's famous quote that object-relational mapping is the Vietnam of Computer Science[1].

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