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The Big Data Model Cleanup - midpoint summary

data3 by Tibor 'Igor2' Palinkas on 2017-10-01

Tags: insight, data, model, rewrite, cleanup, footprint, layer

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Abstract: All the work with the layer rewrite, subcircuits and padstacks are not just random features. These are all parts of a bigger plan, an idea that has been floating on the geda-user mailing list for many years: a data model cleanup.

  Imported from the mailing list archives.

This idea had many manifestations from requests of footprint features that could not be fulfilled because of the limited data model to support of hierarchical netlists. Seemingly unrelated, random features that in turn lead to the fundamental limitations of the old data model.

After about a year of work, I decided to draw a full roadmap of the effort:


Green items are done, red items will be done during the next months.

By the number of items we are about halfway through the plan, but the first few items (new native file format, layer rewrite, layer compositing and subcircuits) needed much more work than some of the later items will. I'd say by the amount of work we are about 70..75% done.

What we'd have at the end: