Dbslayer on debian

February 11th, 2009


What is dbslayer? Its a specialized web server that receives urlencoded JSON formatted SQL queries, parses and executes them, and returns a JSON encoded result set over HTTP. Cool huh? I really wish it returned XML instead, and it looks like that might be a possibility, but I'll have to do some digging and tinkering.

I'm compiling dbslayer on debian:

cd /usr/src
svn co ./dbslayer
apt-get install libapr1-dev libaprutil1-dev libmysqlclient15-dev./configure

The binary is located in server/dbslayer.

Configuring the dbslayer.

Yes, it appears that in more recent versions of dbslayer, it is possible to specify a "FORMAT" argument, however it isn't documented well. Furthermore, its appears to be rather inefficient - the result set is first parsed into json and then serialized into xml, instead of just going straight to xml.

When reading about dbslayer, I found out about mod_ndb. I would really like to combine these two projects!

What I like about DB Slayer

  • Standalone http server
  • Acts as a mysql proxy
  • Can perform load balancing

What I like about mod_ndb

  • RESTful interface - all queries are defined as URLs
  • Results can be directly output as XML

Another idea is to use Nexista to receive requests and respond with XML or JSON. The idea comes with some side benefits like intelligent caching, security, and a variety of web servers to choose from. But the requirement of PHP and all the extensions is pretty significant.

UPDATE: The Cherokee web server has integrated dbslayer as a mysql loadbalancer. Very interesting. Unfortunately, no XML output. :-(

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