[wp-hackers] GSoC Proposal: Integrate WP-cache / WP Super Cache into WordPress

Ronald Heft ron at cavemonkey50.com
Sat Mar 1 07:27:53 GMT 2008

I want to respond more fully to your reply Jacob, but I just thought I'd
mention this before I go to bed. This is by no means my actual project
submission. I'm testing the waters, seeing what the WordPress community
would like, what other developers feel is feasible, and so on.
While I'd love to see a caching solution in WordPress, it might not be the
right time. There may be too many technical hurdles, and the WordPress
community may want a different caching solution then I would be able to
On Sat, Mar 1, 2008 at 1:46 AM, Jacob Santos <wordpress at santosj.name> wrote:

> Ronald Heft wrote:
> > Thanks for the valuable feedback Eric. I agree, this would be an
> > excellent opportunity to start fresh with a new caching system.
> I would suggest that within the time frame (and I might want to take
> this in account for my Controller proposal, if it accepted) of three
> months, the probability of you creating a working, complete caching
> system that implements not only an API for other backends, but also an
> API for plugins, as well as providing a solution for different solutions
> would seem optimist.
> As someone who has used Zend_Cache, I would think that taking what
> WP_Super_Cache and refactoring it and what is currently in the core or
> another (better) game plan would probably be the best route. If what you
> are actually saying is that you would like to create a new caching
> system from the ground up. I will, in your best interest in mind, advise
> you against this course of action. It is completely possible to continue
> the project after GSOC is over, it is really up to you.
> If it was me, I would just as rather create something that can be used
> and be complete within the time frame of the GSOC project. Any project I
> will do, would be finished during that time frame or very close to it.
> I'll say, this proposal has picked up a lot more interest than mine did,
> so you have something here that most likely will have a lot of feedback
> during your project (well, initially at least, interest may fade over
> time).
> >
> > Jacob, I'm right there with you on the complex factor. However, complex
> > tasks have to undertaken some time, and I feel this is a project that
> could
> > potentially benefit the WordPress community immensely.
> I think you might have misunderstood the meaning of my statement. I do
> not think complex tasks, projects, or solutions aren't worth doing, I do
> think they are worthy. As a developer, it is one of the highlights of
> programming and development. What is the point of doing something, if
> you gain nothing from it? The purpose of development for me is to learn
> and grow as a developer. It is what has kept me in the WordPress
> community for longer than any other project I've worked on in the past.
> It was a compliment and I concede that I don't know enough to even
> imagine creating a working solution. The experience I do have, tells me
> that you have a long and difficult road ahead of you. That is dependent
> completely on which road you take. My solutions usually involve immense
> pain (self-)inflicted upon myself by taking the most difficult path
> imaginable, so I'm biased in my estimations.
> I'm under the impression that you want to do this for the GSOC. Am I
> wrong in assuming that to be the case or are you just proposing that a
> student can work on this for the GSOC?
> --
> Jacob Santos
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Ronald Heft, Jr.
Information Sciences and Technology
Pennsylvania State University

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