Introduction

Introduction

Introduction --  An OO-interface for easily retreiving and modifying data in a DB

MDB_QueryTool Description

This package is an OO-abstraction to the SQL-Query language, it provides methods such as setWhere, setOrder, setGroup, setJoin, etc. to easily build queries. It also provides an easy to learn interface that interacts nicely with HTML-forms using arrays that contain the column data, that shall be updated/added in a DB. This package bases on an SQL-Builder which lets you easily build SQL-Statements and execute them. It supports all the db engines supported by MDB.

Since it's a 1:1 port of DB_QueryTool, it has the same API, the only difference being the class name (and the constructor name, of course). Unfortunately, complete documentation is not available at the moment.

Example 1

The best way to use MDB_QueryTool is creating a class that extends it. Here's a sample usage:
require_once 'MDB/QueryTool.php';
define('TABLE_CARS', 'cars');
$dsn = 'mysql://user:pass@host/dbname';

/**
 * Let's suppose the "car" table has the following fields:
 * (id, model, hp, color, clima, price)
 */
class Car extends MDB_QueryTool
{
    var $table        = TABLE_CARS;
    var $sequenceName = TABLE_CARS;

    // this is default, but to demonstrate it here ...
    var $primaryCol =   'id';

    /**
     * This table spec assigns a short name to a table name
     * this short name is needed in case the table name changes
     * i.e. when u put the application on a provider's db, where you have to
     * prefix each table, and you dont need to change the entire application to
     * where you refer to joined table columns, for that joined results the
     * short name is used instead of the table name
     */
    var $tableSpec = array(
        array('name'  => TABLE_CARS, 'shortName' =>  'cars'),
        //array('name'  => TABLE_TIME, 'shortName' =>  'time'),
    );
}


//instanciate an object of the Car class
$car = new Car($dsn);

//get the car #3
$car->reset();     // reset the query-builder, so no where, order, etc. are set
$res = $car->get(3);
var_dump($res);

//get all the cars
$car->reset();     // reset the query-builder, so no where, order, etc. are set
$res = $car->getAll();
var_dump($res);

// get the first 10 cars
$car->reset();     // reset the query-builder, so no where, order, etc. are set
$res = $car->getAll(0, 10);
var_dump($res);

//get all the red cars with clima, sorted by price
$car->reset();
$car->setWhere('color="red"');
$car->setWhere('clima=1');
$car->setOrder('price');
$res = $car->getAll();
var_dump($res);

//add a new car to the database
$data = array(
    'model' => 'Super Trooper',
    'hp'    => 140,
    'color' => 'black',
    'clima' => 0,
    'price' => 19000
);
$newCarId = $car->save($data);
var_dump($newCarId);

//update an existing car
$data = array(
    'id'    => $newCarId,
    'clima' => 1,
    'price' => 20000,
);
$res = $car->save($data);   //equivalent to $car->update($data);
var_dump($res);


//remove the car from the database
$res = $car->remove($newCarId);
var_dump($res);

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