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Re: [webstorage] deleting a database

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Thu, 26 Nov 2009 02:34:46 +0000 (UTC)
To: João Eiras <joaoe@opera.com>
Cc: public-webapps@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.0911260233380.14150@hixie.dreamhostps.com>
On Thu, 26 Nov 2009, João Eiras wrote:
> > >
> > > Would be much more simple to just delete the database explicitly
> > 
> > Yes, but is this something that will happen often enough to matter?
> Unfortunately, that question has two answers. It should happen often, 
> but I doubt web developers will ever bother to clean up the data they 
> don't need :)
> From my personal experience, it's good to do quick synchronous cleanup 
> during testing. An heuristic like "delete database if data file is 
> empty" would need to be implemented when the database is no longer in 
> use by any webpage, so the dom object is garbage-collected and the 
> underlying database deleted.

During testing you can do it manually (why would you do it from code?). I 
think in practice we wouldn't see production code deleting databases.

> Still on the same topic, why not also allow database names to be listed 
> somewhere ? It fits really nicely the use case of developer tools with 
> web UIs. Something like
> interface Window {
>   readonly DOMStringList databases;//or databaseNames
> }
> should be enough IMO.

If the API gains traction, that would be a sensible addition. I don't want 
to add features at this point without more adoption, though.

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