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By writing the SQL myself I can write a single query that gives me exactly the results I need for almost anything. Class::DBI hits the database much harder and makes it shovel a lot more data back to the application for the same effect.

Here's the sweet spot that I've settled on. I use an RDBMS-OO mapper for all the simple-to-medium-complexity things. This covers a lot, IME...say, 90%. For the more complex operations, I use custom SQL encapsulated by methods that sit right alongside my RDBMS-OO mapper's multi-object manipulation methods. In them, I pull all the table and column metadata from the RDBMS-OO mapper classes where it's already stored.

Here's what it looks like in action:

# CRUD stuff: $p = Product->new(id => 123); $p->load; $p->release_date->add(days => 1); $p->save; $p->delete; # Multi-object operations # Triple-join: one inner and two outer $products = Product::Manager->get_products( require_objects => [ 'vendor' ], with_objects => [ 'colors', 'categories' ] query => [ name => { like => '%foo%' }, 'vendor.billing_date' => { lt => DateTime->new(...) }, ], limit => 10, offset => 50); $num_deleted = Product::Manager->delete_products(where => [ id => { gt => 100 } ]); $num_updated = Product::Manager->update_free_products(set => { price => 0.01 }); # Custom SQL operation $num_pruned = Product::Manager->prune_products(type => 'all'); # Server-side SPL $products = Product::Manager->get_popular_products(vendor_id => 123);

Without the comments, it's difficult to tell which operations are supported by the RDBMS-OO mapper, which required custom SQL under the covers, and which merely call through to server-side stored procedures.

And that's the point: to hide the implementation details behind a uniform interface to all database operations. There's also no SQL whatsoever in "end-user" code, and all the table and column names exist in a single place in the entire code base.

In all cases, I create the expected (although possibly sparsely populated) RDBMS-OO mapper objects before returning from the Manager methods. The number and nature of the db queries are almost always the limiting factors, so creating objects is not a big deal once all the data is available.

Each time a new database-manipulation operation needs to be defined, I have a choice. I can use my RDBMS-OO mapper directly, I can write some custom SQL, or I can write it in the database using SPL. No matter which I choose, the interface is the same. And I'm free to change my mind down the road, swapping implementations in the Manager as needed.

I find this approach vastly preferable to a series of DBI-style calls, even accounting for convenient modules like DBIx::Simple. YMMV, of course :)

In reply to Re^3: A brief survey of the DBI usability layer modules on the CPAN by siracusa
in thread A brief survey of the DBI usability layer modules on the CPAN by Aristotle

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