>>with such an easy implementation method, coders are more inclined just to drop code onto a vqmod site somewhere rather than pasting core files<<
Exactly this is the point. Why making it hard on others, implementing hard coded Modifications, if it can be done the easy way. I fully agree with this. But it's still a PATCH, not a FINAL solution, at least, for somebody, trying to create an 'ultimate' Shop-Solution, 'loaded' with more than just a few Products, and working efficiently under heavy load.
I look at it as beeing a top Solution to reproduce 'immediate' results, without touching Source Code. One can test it, if it does not fullfill requirements, just delete it again and it's gone. At least, in pieces, because, if it has done some 'Work' on existing DB's, those 'Entries' will possibly remain as long as the DB is not ever 'reworked' manually, in order to get such VqMod-created, left-over/unused DB-Content, removed again.
I plan to create a powerfull OC-based Shop-Solution, 'lean' and easy on 'ressources', as fast and efficient as possible, therefore, no 'obvious' Compromises can be tolerated, in order to reach this Goal. VqModding is a PLAIN Compromise, in that sense, but never a FINAL thing to have, if someone really plans to push OC to it's performance limits.
Just to be clear, I still have a Variety of VqMod's, doing their Job at my Shop-Site. But most of them exist in CUT form already, just concentrating on some 'Functions', not yet implemented into the Source. It's mostly 'done' this way in order to avoid unpleasant 'claches' with other VqMod-Functions. But in my final Version, all of the, still existing, VqMod-Content will be hard-coded into the Source.
I am fully aware, that this is not very easy work, if one does not have a 'certain' knowledge on Coding. I would advise such OC-Users to stick with their VqMod's. If they only offer a 'few' Items for Sale, it makes no difference, if a Shop is not LOADED with Masses of Products and/or used by huge numbers of Visitors. Just to make this clear...
PS. I have no plans to 'disturb' the Scene in any sense, neither to 'get' VqMod Contributors 'up-tide' against me. I just talk SPEED, nothing else...