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YetORM

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Lightweight ORM built on top of Nette\Database

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Quickstart

Consider following database schema:

Database schema

Entities

Firstly we'll create entity classes according to the schema above. There are two ways of defining entity properties - via @property[-read] annotation, or simply via getter and setter.

Tag

/**
 * @property-read int $id
 * @property string $name
 */
class Tag extends YetORM\Entity
{}

Author

/**
 * @property-read int $id
 * @property string $name
 * @property string $web
 * @property \DateTime $born
 */
class Author extends YetORM\Entity
{}

Book

There are some relations at the Book entity - two N:1 Author and M:N Tag relations. Every YetORM\Entity has an instance of YetORM\Record in it, which is a simple wrapper around Nette\Database\Table\ActiveRow. That means that we can access related records or column values through it.

/**
 * @property-read int $id
 * @property string $title
 * @property string $web
 * @property string $slogan
 */
class Book extends YetORM\Entity
{
	function getAuthor()
	{
		return new Author($this->record->ref('author', 'author_id'));
	}

	function getMaintainer()
	{
		return new Author($this->record->ref('author', 'maintainer_id'));
	}

	function getTags()
	{
		$selection = $this->record->related('book_tag');
		return new YetORM\EntityCollection($selection, 'Tag', 'tag');
	}
}

With $record->ref($table, $column) we're accessing related table row in table $table through column $column - pretty simple.

The M:N relation is realized with YetORM\EntityCollection instance - which is a lazy collection of entities. In this case it iterates throw all related rows from book_tag table (first argument), creates instances of Tag (second argument) and on every related book_tag table row it accesses related tag table row (third argument), which then passes to the constructor of Tag entity :-)

This sounds crazy, but it's actually simple to get used to.

With this knowledge we can now simply add some helpful methods to Author entity:

// class Author
function getBooksWritten()
{
	$selection = $this->record->related('book', 'author_id');
	return new YetORM\EntityCollection($selection, 'Book');
}

function getBooksMaintained()
{
	$selection = $this->record->related('book', 'maintainer_id');
	return new YetORM\EntityCollection($selection, 'Book');
}

Repositories

Every repository has to have table and entity class name defined - either via @table and @entity annotaion, or via protected $table and $entity class property.

/**
 * @table  book
 * @entity Book
 */
class BookRepository extends YetORM\Repository
{}

Fetching collections

YetORM\Repository comes with basic findAll() and findBy($criteria) methods, both returning already mentioned EntityCollection.

We can simply iterate through all books

$books = new BookRepository($connection); // $connection instanceof Nette\Database\Context

foreach ($books->findAll() as $book) { // $book instanceof Book
	echo $book->title;
	echo $book->getAuthor()->name;
	foreach ($book->getTags() as $tag) { // $tag instanceof Tag
		echo $tag->name;
	}
}

Fetching single entity

$book = $books->getByID(123); // instanceof Book or NULL if not found

Magic findBy<Property>() and getBy<Property>() methods

Instead of manually writing findByTitle($title) method as this

function findByTitle($title)
{
	return $this->findBy(array(
		'title' => $title,
	));
}

we can just call

$books->findByTitle($title); // without having the method implemented

That will return a collection of books with that exact title.

To get a single entity use the magic getBy<Property>($value) method:

$book = $books->getByIsbn('<isbn_code>'); // instanceof Book or NULL if not found

Just to have the IDE code completion along with this magic methods, we can use the @method annotation:

/**
 * @table  book
 * @entity Book
 * @method YetORM\EntityCollection|Book[] findByTitle(string $title)
 * @method Book|NULL getByIsbn(string $isbn)
 */
class BookRepository extends YetORM\Repository
{}

/**
 * @property-read int $id
 * @property string $title
 * @property string $isbn
 */
 class Book exetends Entity
 {}

IMPORTANT: When using magic findBy<Property>() and getBy<Property>() methods, make sure you have the property defined via @property annotation!

NOTE: magic findBy<Property>() and getBy<Property>() do not work on relational properties of type Entity.

Persisting

To persist changes we simply call $repository->persist($entity).

$book->web = 'http://example.com';
$books->persist($book);

And that's it!

Additional notes

  • No identity map
  • Query efficiency - the collections (resp. YetORM\Record) use the power of Nette\Database efficiency
  • Collection operations - collections can be sorted via $coll->orderBy($column, $dir) and limitted via $coll->limit($limit, $offset)

More

For more examples please see the tests.

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