Actually, what I really wanted to blog about before getting carried away with irony yesterday was an old idea on how to force my developers to use placeholders exclusively for SQL queries in applications. As should be apparent from yesterdays blog entry, I am strongly in favour of using placeholders for interpolating values into SQL queries, due to the great reduction in potential bugs (including, but not limited to, SQL injections).
Basically, wrap the database API so that all database access passes through the wrapper. This can usually be achieved, for example by subclassing DBI (for Perl) and returning such subclasses from the application connection pool, or other similar methods. Probably many large web applications already have such wrappers or use APIs that can be patched or extended appropriately.
Now add code that basically bombs out with a big …[Read more]