SQL is one of the last holdouts in the conversion to a stateful syntax definition. It’s also one I have to use all the time, and I suspect many of you do, too.
I believe that part of the reason it has languished here is that there are many flavors of SQL that support different features. Some flavors can’t even agree on what a comment is.
I’ve tinkered with my (non-stateful) SQL definition to the point where it might be difficult to merge the “right” bits back into the default package. I worry that even if I cleaned it up and made pull requests, people would argue about whether this or that feature exists in their flavor.
I propose that we create a new plugin that cribs some tricks from another project with similar “different flavors” support, namely Thom Smith’s JSCustom package. We would set up a stateful skeleton containing the common bits of SQL and a set of extensions injecting supplementary behaviour where desired.
- Is this a plugin people would be interested in using?
- Is this a project people would be interested in helping with?
- Are related efforts already underway?
- Is this too ambitious of a project?
- Any other comments are also welcome.