Strong opinions, weakly held


The New York Times is releasing open source software. Their database abstraction package, DBSlayer looks innovative, clever, useful, and deceptively simple. One of the things I love most about the rise of open source is that it has given organizations a framework to show off the creativity that dwells inside their walls. Companies have always had the opportunity to do so, but not the justification or rationale.


  1. Anyone thinking of using DBSlayer should first think what sort of denial of service attack can be launched with expensive queries. (Maybe I missed something in the docs, but it looks like clients can do arbitrary SELECT statements.)

    If people would be nice I’d start using it in a heartbeat.

  2. Is it designed to let external clients hit your database? I figured you’d only allow access to it from your own applications.

  3. Yeah, that definitely seems like something you’d want to limit via firewall rules. Anyway, I really like the idea of returning the results ready-to-go in JSON. Clever.

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