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Paged results

When you expect a large number of results, you can ask DBIx::Class for a paged resultset, which will fetch only a small number of records at a time:

  my $rs = $schema->resultset('Artist')->search(
    undef,
    {
      page => 1,  # page to return (defaults to 1)
      rows => 10, # number of results per page
    },
  );

  return $rs->all(); # all records for page 1

The page attribute does not have to be specified in your search:

  my $rs = $schema->resultset('Artist')->search(
    undef,
    {
      rows => 10,
    }
  );

  return $rs->page(1); # DBIx::Class::ResultSet containing first 10 records

In either of the above cases, you can return a Data::Page object for the resultset (suitable for use in e.g. a template) using the pager method:

  return $rs->pager();

Complex WHERE clauses

Sometimes you need to formulate a query using specific operators:

  my @albums = $schema->resultset('Album')->search({
    artist => { 'like', '%Lamb%' },
    title  => { 'like', '%Fear of Fours%' },
  });

This results in something like the following WHERE clause:

  WHERE artist LIKE '%Lamb%' AND title LIKE '%Fear of Fours%'

Other queries might require slightly more complex logic:

  my @albums = $schema->resultset('Album')->search({
    -or => [
      -and => [
        artist => { 'like', '%Smashing Pumpkins%' },
        title  => 'Siamese Dream',
      ],
      artist => 'Starchildren',
    ],
  });

This results in the following WHERE clause:

  WHERE ( artist LIKE '%Smashing Pumpkins%' AND title = 'Siamese Dream' )
    OR artist = 'Starchildren'

For more information on generating complex queries, see "WHERE CLAUSES" in SQL::Abstract.

Arbitrary SQL through a custom ResultSource

Sometimes you have to run arbitrary SQL because your query is too complex (e.g. it contains Unions, Sub-Selects, Stored Procedures, etc.) or has to be optimized for your database in a special way, but you still want to get the results as a DBIx::Class::ResultSet. The recommended way to accomplish this is by defining a separate ResultSource for your query. You can then inject complete SQL statements using a scalar reference (this is a feature of SQL::Abstract).

Say you want to run a complex custom query on your user data, here's what you have to add to your User class:

  package My::Schema::User;
  
  use base qw/DBIx::Class/;
  
  # ->load_components, ->table, ->add_columns, etc.

  # Make a new ResultSource based on the User class
  my $source = __PACKAGE__->result_source_instance();
  my $new_source = $source->new( $source );
  $new_source->source_name( 'UserFriendsComplex' );
  
  # Hand in your query as a scalar reference
  # It will be added as a sub-select after FROM,
  # so pay attention to the surrounding brackets!
  $new_source->name( \<<SQL );
  ( SELECT u.* FROM user u 
  INNER JOIN user_friends f ON u.id = f.user_id 
  WHERE f.friend_user_id = ?
  UNION 
  SELECT u.* FROM user u 
  INNER JOIN user_friends f ON u.id = f.friend_user_id 
  WHERE f.user_id = ? )
  SQL 

  # Finally, register your new ResultSource with your Schema
  My::Schema->register_source( 'UserFriendsComplex' => $new_source );

Next, you can execute your complex query using bind parameters like this:

  my $friends = [ $schema->resultset( 'UserFriendsComplex' )->search( {}, 
    {
      bind  => [ 12345, 12345 ]
    }
  ) ];

... and you'll get back a perfect DBIx::Class::ResultSet.

Using specific columns

When you only want specific columns from a table, you can use columns to specify which ones you need. This is useful to avoid loading columns with large amounts of data that you aren't about to use anyway:

  my $rs = $schema->resultset('Artist')->search(
    undef,
    {
      columns => [qw/ name /]
    }
  );

  # Equivalent SQL:
  # SELECT artist.name FROM artist

This is a shortcut for select and as, see below. columns cannot be used together with select and as.

Using database functions or stored procedures

The combination of select and as can be used to return the result of a database function or stored procedure as a column value. You use select to specify the source for your column value (e.g. a column name, function, or stored procedure name). You then use as to set the column name you will use to access the returned value:

  my $rs = $schema->resultset('Artist')->search(
    {},
    {
      select => [ 'name', { LENGTH => 'name' } ],
      as     => [qw/ name name_length /],
    }
  );

  # Equivalent SQL:
  # SELECT name name, LENGTH( name )
  # FROM artist

Note that the as attribute has absolutely nothing to with the sql syntax SELECT foo AS bar (see the documentation in "ATTRIBUTES" in DBIx::Class::ResultSet). If your alias exists as a column in your base class (i.e. it was added with add_columns), you just access it as normal. Our Artist class has a name column, so we just use the name accessor:

  my $artist = $rs->first();
  my $name = $artist->name();

If on the other hand the alias does not correspond to an existing column, you have to fetch the value using the get_column accessor:

  my $name_length = $artist->get_column('name_length');

If you don't like using get_column, you can always create an accessor for any of your aliases using either of these:

  # Define accessor manually:
  sub name_length { shift->get_column('name_length'); }
    
  # Or use DBIx::Class::AccessorGroup:
  __PACKAGE__->mk_group_accessors('column' => 'name_length');

SELECT DISTINCT with multiple columns

  my $rs = $schema->resultset('Foo')->search(
    {},
    {
      select => [
        { distinct => [ $source->columns ] }
      ],
      as => [ $source->columns ] # remember 'as' is not the same as SQL AS :-)
    }
  );

  my $count = $rs->next->get_column('count');

SELECT COUNT(DISTINCT colname)

  my $rs = $schema->resultset('Foo')->search(
    {},
    {
      select => [
        { count => { distinct => 'colname' } }
      ],
      as => [ 'count' ]
    }
  );

Grouping results

DBIx::Class supports GROUP BY as follows:

  my $rs = $schema->resultset('Artist')->search(
    {},
    {
      join     => [qw/ cds /],
      select   => [ 'name', { count => 'cds.cdid' } ],
      as       => [qw/ name cd_count /],
      group_by => [qw/ name /]
    }
  );

  # Equivalent SQL:
  # SELECT name, COUNT( cds.cdid ) FROM artist me
  # LEFT JOIN cd cds ON ( cds.artist = me.artistid )
  # GROUP BY name

Please see "ATTRIBUTES" in DBIx::Class::ResultSet documentation if you are in any way unsure about the use of the attributes above ( join , select , as and group_by ).

Predefined searches

You can write your own DBIx::Class::ResultSet class by inheriting from it and define often used searches as methods:

  package My::DBIC::ResultSet::CD;
  use strict;
  use warnings;
  use base 'DBIx::Class::ResultSet';

  sub search_cds_ordered {
      my ($self) = @_;

      return $self->search(
          {},
          { order_by => 'name DESC' },
      );
  }

  1;

To use your resultset, first tell DBIx::Class to create an instance of it for you, in your My::DBIC::Schema::CD class:

  __PACKAGE__->resultset_class('My::DBIC::ResultSet::CD');

Then call your new method in your code:

   my $ordered_cds = $schema->resultset('CD')->search_cds_ordered();

Predefined searches without writing a ResultSet class

Alternatively you can automatically generate a DBIx::Class::ResultSet class by using the ResultSetManager component and tagging your method as ResultSet:

  __PACKAGE__->load_components(qw/ ResultSetManager Core /);

  sub search_cds_ordered : ResultSet {
      my ($self) = @_;
      return $self->search(
          {},
          { order_by => 'name DESC' },
      );
  } 

Then call your method in the same way from your code:

   my $ordered_cds = $schema->resultset('CD')->search_cds_ordered();

Using joins and prefetch

You can use the join attribute to allow searching on, or sorting your results by, one or more columns in a related table. To return all CDs matching a particular artist name:

  my $rs = $schema->resultset('CD')->search(
    {
      'artist.name' => 'Bob Marley'    
    },
    {
      join => [qw/artist/], # join the artist table
    }
  );

  # Equivalent SQL:
  # SELECT cd.* FROM cd
  # JOIN artist ON cd.artist = artist.id
  # WHERE artist.name = 'Bob Marley'

If required, you can now sort on any column in the related tables by including it in your order_by attribute:

  my $rs = $schema->resultset('CD')->search(
    {
      'artist.name' => 'Bob Marley'
    },
    {
      join     => [qw/ artist /],
      order_by => [qw/ artist.name /]
    }
  };

  # Equivalent SQL:
  # SELECT cd.* FROM cd
  # JOIN artist ON cd.artist = artist.id
  # WHERE artist.name = 'Bob Marley'
  # ORDER BY artist.name

Note that the join attribute should only be used when you need to search or sort using columns in a related table. Joining related tables when you only need columns from the main table will make performance worse!

Now let's say you want to display a list of CDs, each with the name of the artist. The following will work fine:

  while (my $cd = $rs->next) {
    print "CD: " . $cd->title . ", Artist: " . $cd->artist->name;
  }

There is a problem however. We have searched both the cd and artist tables in our main query, but we have only returned data from the cd table. To get the artist name for any of the CD objects returned, DBIx::Class will go back to the database:

  SELECT artist.* FROM artist WHERE artist.id = ?

A statement like the one above will run for each and every CD returned by our main query. Five CDs, five extra queries. A hundred CDs, one hundred extra queries!

Thankfully, DBIx::Class has a prefetch attribute to solve this problem. This allows you to fetch results from related tables in advance:

  my $rs = $schema->resultset('CD')->search(
    {
      'artist.name' => 'Bob Marley'
    },
    {
      join     => [qw/ artist /],
      order_by => [qw/ artist.name /],
      prefetch => [qw/ artist /] # return artist data too!
    }
  );

  # Equivalent SQL (note SELECT from both "cd" and "artist"):
  # SELECT cd.*, artist.* FROM cd
  # JOIN artist ON cd.artist = artist.id
  # WHERE artist.name = 'Bob Marley'
  # ORDER BY artist.name

The code to print the CD list remains the same:

  while (my $cd = $rs->next) {
    print "CD: " . $cd->title . ", Artist: " . $cd->artist->name;
  }

DBIx::Class has now prefetched all matching data from the artist table, so no additional SQL statements are executed. You now have a much more efficient query.

Note that as of DBIx::Class 0.05999_01, prefetch can be used with has_many relationships.

Also note that prefetch should only be used when you know you will definitely use data from a related table. Pre-fetching related tables when you only need columns from the main table will make performance worse!

Multi-step joins

Sometimes you want to join more than one relationship deep. In this example, we want to find all Artist objects who have CDs whose LinerNotes contain a specific string:

  # Relationships defined elsewhere:
  # Artist->has_many('cds' => 'CD', 'artist');
  # CD->has_one('liner_notes' => 'LinerNotes', 'cd');

  my $rs = $schema->resultset('Artist')->search(
    {
      'liner_notes.notes' => { 'like', '%some text%' },
    },
    {
      join => {
        'cds' => 'liner_notes'
      }
    }
  );

  # Equivalent SQL:
  # SELECT artist.* FROM artist
  # JOIN ( cd ON artist.id = cd.artist )
  # JOIN ( liner_notes ON cd.id = liner_notes.cd )
  # WHERE liner_notes.notes LIKE '%some text%'

Joins can be nested to an arbitrary level. So if we decide later that we want to reduce the number of Artists returned based on who wrote the liner notes:

  # Relationship defined elsewhere:
  # LinerNotes->belongs_to('author' => 'Person');

  my $rs = $schema->resultset('Artist')->search(
    {
      'liner_notes.notes' => { 'like', '%some text%' },
      'author.name' => 'A. Writer'
    },
    {
      join => {
        'cds' => {
          'liner_notes' => 'author'
        }
      }
    }
  );

  # Equivalent SQL:
  # SELECT artist.* FROM artist
  # JOIN ( cd ON artist.id = cd.artist )
  # JOIN ( liner_notes ON cd.id = liner_notes.cd )
  # JOIN ( author ON author.id = liner_notes.author )
  # WHERE liner_notes.notes LIKE '%some text%'
  # AND author.name = 'A. Writer'

Multi-step prefetch

From 0.04999_05 onwards, prefetch can be nested more than one relationship deep using the same syntax as a multi-step join:

  my $rs = $schema->resultset('Tag')->search(
    {},
    {
      prefetch => {
        cd => 'artist'
      }
    }
  );

  # Equivalent SQL:
  # SELECT tag.*, cd.*, artist.* FROM tag
  # JOIN cd ON tag.cd = cd.cdid
  # JOIN artist ON cd.artist = artist.artistid

Now accessing our cd and artist relationships does not need additional SQL statements:

  my $tag = $rs->first;
  print $tag->cd->artist->name;

Columns of data

If you want to find the sum of a particular column there are several ways, the obvious one is to use search:

  my $rs = $schema->resultset('Items')->search(
    {},
    { 
       select => [ { sum => 'Cost' } ],
       as     => [ 'total_cost' ], # remember this 'as' is for DBIx::Class::ResultSet not SQL
    }
  );
  my $tc = $rs->first->get_column('total_cost');

Or, you can use the DBIx::Class::ResultSetColumn, which gets returned when you ask the ResultSet for a column using get_column:

  my $cost = $schema->resultset('Items')->get_column('Cost');
  my $tc = $cost->sum;

With this you can also do:

  my $minvalue = $cost->min;
  my $maxvalue = $cost->max;

Or just iterate through the values of this column only:

  while ( my $c = $cost->next ) {
    print $c;
  }

  foreach my $c ($cost->all) {
    print $c;
  }

ResultSetColumn only has a limited number of built-in functions, if you need one that it doesn't have, then you can use the func method instead:

  my $avg = $cost->func('AVERAGE');

This will cause the following SQL statement to be run:

  SELECT AVERAGE(Cost) FROM Items me

Which will of course only work if your database supports this function. See DBIx::Class::ResultSetColumn for more documentation.

Using relationships

Create a new row in a related table

  my $book->create_related('author', { name => 'Fred'});

Search in a related table

Only searches for books named 'Titanic' by the author in $author.

  my $author->search_related('books', { name => 'Titanic' });

Delete data in a related table

Deletes only the book named Titanic by the author in $author.

  my $author->delete_related('books', { name => 'Titanic' });

Ordering a relationship result set

If you always want a relation to be ordered, you can specify this when you create the relationship.

To order $book->pages by descending page_number.

  Book->has_many('pages' => 'Page', 'book', { order_by => \'page_number DESC'} );

Transactions

As of version 0.04001, there is improved transaction support in DBIx::Class::Storage and DBIx::Class::Schema. Here is an example of the recommended way to use it:

  my $genus = $schema->resultset('Genus')->find(12);

  my $coderef2 = sub {
    $genus->extinct(1);
    $genus->update;
  };

  my $coderef1 = sub {
    $genus->add_to_species({ name => 'troglodyte' });
    $genus->wings(2);
    $genus->update;
    $schema->txn_do($coderef2); # Can have a nested transaction
    return $genus->species;
  };

  my $rs;
  eval {
    $rs = $schema->txn_do($coderef1);
  };

  if ($@) {                             # Transaction failed
    die "the sky is falling!"           #
      if ($@ =~ /Rollback failed/);     # Rollback failed

    deal_with_failed_transaction();
  }

Nested transactions will work as expected. That is, only the outermost transaction will actually issue a commit to the $dbh, and a rollback at any level of any transaction will cause the entire nested transaction to fail. Support for savepoints and for true nested transactions (for databases that support them) will hopefully be added in the future.

Many-to-many relationships

This is straightforward using ManyToMany:

  package My::DB;
  # ... set up connection ...

  package My::User;
  use base 'My::DB';
  __PACKAGE__->table('user');
  __PACKAGE__->add_columns(qw/id name/);
  __PACKAGE__->set_primary_key('id');
  __PACKAGE__->has_many('user_address' => 'My::UserAddress', 'user');
  __PACKAGE__->many_to_many('addresses' => 'user_address', 'address');

  package My::UserAddress;
  use base 'My::DB';
  __PACKAGE__->table('user_address');
  __PACKAGE__->add_columns(qw/user address/);
  __PACKAGE__->set_primary_key(qw/user address/);
  __PACKAGE__->belongs_to('user' => 'My::User');
  __PACKAGE__->belongs_to('address' => 'My::Address');

  package My::Address;
  use base 'My::DB';
  __PACKAGE__->table('address');
  __PACKAGE__->add_columns(qw/id street town area_code country/);
  __PACKAGE__->set_primary_key('id');
  __PACKAGE__->has_many('user_address' => 'My::UserAddress', 'address');
  __PACKAGE__->many_to_many('users' => 'user_address', 'user');

  $rs = $user->addresses(); # get all addresses for a user
  $rs = $address->users(); # get all users for an address

Setting default values for a row

It's as simple as overriding the new method. Note the use of next::method.

  sub new {
    my ( $class, $attrs ) = @_;

    $attrs->{foo} = 'bar' unless defined $attrs->{foo};

    my $new = $class->next::method($attrs);

    return $new;
  }

For more information about next::method, look in the Class::C3 documentation. See also DBIx::Class::Manual::Component for more ways to write your own base classes to do this.

People looking for ways to do "triggers" with DBIx::Class are probably just looking for this.

Stringification

Employ the standard stringification technique by using the overload module.

To make an object stringify itself as a single column, use something like this (replace foo with the column/method of your choice):

  use overload '""' => sub { shift->name}, fallback => 1;

For more complex stringification, you can use an anonymous subroutine:

  use overload '""' => sub { $_[0]->name . ", " .
                             $_[0]->address }, fallback => 1;

Stringification Example

Suppose we have two tables: Product and Category. The table specifications are:

  Product(id, Description, category)
  Category(id, Description)

category is a foreign key into the Category table.

If you have a Product object $obj and write something like

  print $obj->category

things will not work as expected.

To obtain, for example, the category description, you should add this method to the class defining the Category table:

  use overload "" => sub {
      my $self = shift;

      return $self->Description;
  }, fallback => 1;

Disconnecting cleanly

If you find yourself quitting an app with Control-C a lot during development, you might like to put the following signal handler in your main database class to make sure it disconnects cleanly:

  $SIG{INT} = sub {
    __PACKAGE__->storage->disconnect;
  };

Schema import/export

This functionality requires you to have SQL::Translator (also known as "SQL Fairy") installed.

To create a DBIx::Class schema from an existing database:

 sqlt --from DBI
      --to DBIx::Class::File
      --prefix "MySchema" > MySchema.pm

To create a MySQL database from an existing DBIx::Class schema, convert the schema to MySQL's dialect of SQL:

  sqlt --from SQL::Translator::Parser::DBIx::Class 
       --to MySQL 
       --DBIx::Class "MySchema.pm" > Schema1.sql

And import using the mysql client:

  mysql -h "host" -D "database" -u "user" -p < Schema1.sql

Easy migration from class-based to schema-based setup

You want to start using the schema-based approach to DBIx::Class (see SchemaIntro.pod), but have an established class-based setup with lots of existing classes that you don't want to move by hand. Try this nifty script instead:

  use MyDB;
  use SQL::Translator;
  
  my $schema = MyDB->schema_instance;
  
  my $translator           =  SQL::Translator->new( 
      debug                => $debug          ||  0,
      trace                => $trace          ||  0,
      no_comments          => $no_comments    ||  0,
      show_warnings        => $show_warnings  ||  0,
      add_drop_table       => $add_drop_table ||  0,
      validate             => $validate       ||  0,
      parser_args          => {
         'DBIx::Schema'    => $schema,
                              },
      producer_args   => {
          'prefix'         => 'My::Schema',
                         },
  );
  
  $translator->parser('SQL::Translator::Parser::DBIx::Class');
  $translator->producer('SQL::Translator::Producer::DBIx::Class::File');
  
  my $output = $translator->translate(@args) or die
          "Error: " . $translator->error;
  
  print $output;

You could use Module::Find to search for all subclasses in the MyDB::* namespace, which is currently left as an exercise for the reader.

Schema versioning

The following example shows simplistically how you might use DBIx::Class to deploy versioned schemas to your customers. The basic process is as follows:

  1. Create a DBIx::Class schema
  2. Save the schema
  3. Deploy to customers
  4. Modify schema to change functionality
  5. Deploy update to customers

Create a DBIx::Class schema

This can either be done manually, or generated from an existing database as described under Schema import/export.

Save the schema

Use sqlt to transform your schema into an SQL script suitable for your customer's database. E.g. for MySQL:

  sqlt --from SQL::Translator::Parser::DBIx::Class
       --to MySQL
       --DBIx::Class "MySchema.pm" > Schema1.mysql.sql

If you need to target databases from multiple vendors, just generate an SQL script suitable for each. To support PostgreSQL too:

  sqlt --from SQL::Translator::DBIx::Class
       --to PostgreSQL
       --DBIx::Class "MySchema.pm" > Schema1.pgsql.sql

Deploy to customers

There are several ways you could deploy your schema. These are probably beyond the scope of this recipe, but might include:

  1. Require customer to apply manually using their RDBMS.
  2. Package along with your app, making database dump/schema update/tests all part of your install.

Modify the schema to change functionality

As your application evolves, it may be necessary to modify your schema to change functionality. Once the changes are made to your schema in DBIx::Class, export the modified schema as before, taking care not to overwrite the original:

  sqlt --from SQL::Translator::DBIx::Class
       --to MySQL
       --DBIx::Class "Anything.pm" > Schema2.mysql.sql

Next, use sqlt-diff to create an SQL script that will update the customer's database schema:

  sqlt-diff --to MySQL Schema1=MySQL Schema2=MySQL > SchemaUpdate.mysql.sql

Deploy update to customers

The schema update can be deployed to customers using the same method as before.

Setting limit dialect for SQL::Abstract::Limit

In some cases, SQL::Abstract::Limit cannot determine the dialect of the remote SQL server by looking at the database handle. This is a common problem when using the DBD::JDBC, since the DBD-driver only know that in has a Java-driver available, not which JDBC driver the Java component has loaded. This specifically sets the limit_dialect to Microsoft SQL-server (See more names in SQL::Abstract::Limit -documentation.

  __PACKAGE__->storage->sql_maker->limit_dialect('mssql');

The JDBC bridge is one way of getting access to a MSSQL server from a platform that Microsoft doesn't deliver native client libraries for. (e.g. Linux)

Setting quoting for the generated SQL.

If the database contains column names with spaces and/or reserved words, they need to be quoted in the SQL queries. This is done using:

  __PACKAGE__->storage->sql_maker->quote_char([ qw/[ ]/] );
  __PACKAGE__->storage->sql_maker->name_sep('.');

The first sets the quote characters. Either a pair of matching brackets, or a " or ':

  __PACKAGE__->storage->sql_maker->quote_char('"');

Check the documentation of your database for the correct quote characters to use. name_sep needs to be set to allow the SQL generator to put the quotes the correct place.

Overloading methods

DBIx::Class uses the Class::C3 package, which provides for redispatch of method calls. You have to use calls to next::method to overload methods. More information on using Class::C3 with DBIx::Class can be found in DBIx::Class::Manual::Component.

Changing one field whenever another changes

For example, say that you have three columns, id, number, and squared. You would like to make changes to number and have squared be automagically set to the value of number squared. You can accomplish this by overriding store_column:

  sub store_column {
    my ( $self, $name, $value ) = @_;
    if ($name eq 'number') {
      $self->squared($value * $value);
    }
    $self->next::method($name, $value);
  }

Note that the hard work is done by the call to next::method, which redispatches your call to store_column in the superclass(es).

Automatically creating related objects

You might have a class Artist which has many CDs. Further, if you want to create a CD object every time you insert an Artist object. You can accomplish this by overriding insert on your objects:

  sub insert {
    my ( $self, @args ) = @_;
    $self->next::method(@args);
    $self->cds->new({})->fill_from_artist($self)->insert;
    return $self;
  }

where fill_from_artist is a method you specify in CD which sets values in CD based on the data in the Artist object you pass in.

Debugging DBIx::Class objects with Data::Dumper

Data::Dumper can be a very useful tool for debugging, but sometimes it can be hard to find the pertinent data in all the data it can generate. Specifically, if one naively tries to use it like so,

  use Data::Dumper;

  my $cd = $schema->resultset('CD')->find(1);
  print Dumper($cd);

several pages worth of data from the CD object's schema and result source will be dumped to the screen. Since usually one is only interested in a few column values of the object, this is not very helpful.

Luckily, it is possible to modify the data before Data::Dumper outputs it. Simply define a hook that Data::Dumper will call on the object before dumping it. For example,

  package My::DB::CD;

  sub _dumper_hook {
    $_[0] = bless {
      %{ $_[0] },
      result_source => undef,
    }, ref($_[0]);
  }

  [...]

  use Data::Dumper;

  local $Data::Dumper::Freezer = '_dumper_hook';

  my $cd = $schema->resultset('CD')->find(1);
  print Dumper($cd);
         # dumps $cd without its ResultSource

If the structure of your schema is such that there is a common base class for all your table classes, simply put a method similar to _dumper_hook in the base class and set $Data::Dumper::Freezer to its name and Data::Dumper will automagically clean up your data before printing it. See "EXAMPLES" in Data::Dumper for more information.

Retrieving a row object's Schema

It is possible to get a Schema object from a row object like so:

  my $schema = $cd->result_source->schema;
  # use the schema as normal:
  my $artist_rs = $schema->resultset('Artist'); 

This can be useful when you don't want to pass around a Schema object to every method.

Profiling

When you enable DBIx::Class::Storage's debugging it prints the SQL executed as well as notifications of query completion and transaction begin/commit. If you'd like to profile the SQL you can subclass the DBIx::Class::Storage::Statistics class and write your own profiling mechanism:

  package My::Profiler;
  use strict;

  use base 'DBIx::Class::Storage::Statistics';

  use Time::HiRes qw(time);

  my $start;

  sub query_start {
    my $self = shift();
    my $sql = shift();
    my $params = @_;

    print "Executing $sql: ".join(', ', @params)."\n";
    $start = time();
  }

  sub query_end {
    my $self = shift();
    my $sql = shift();
    my @params = @_;

    printf("Execution took %0.4f seconds.\n", time() - $start);
    $start = undef;
  }

  1;

You can then install that class as the debugging object:

  __PACKAGE__->storage()->debugobj(new My::Profiler());
  __PACKAGE__->storage()->debug(1);

A more complicated example might involve storing each execution of SQL in an array:

  sub query_end {
    my $self = shift();
    my $sql = shift();
    my @params = @_;

    my $elapsed = time() - $start;
    push(@{ $calls{$sql} }, {
        params => \@params,
        elapsed => $elapsed
    });
  }

You could then create average, high and low execution times for an SQL statement and dig down to see if certain parameters cause aberrant behavior.

Getting the value of the primary key for the last database insert

AKA getting last_insert_id

If you are using PK::Auto, this is straightforward:

  my $foo = $rs->create(\%blah);
  # do more stuff
  my $id = $foo->id; # foo->my_primary_key_field will also work.

If you are not using autoincrementing primary keys, this will probably not work, but then you already know the value of the last primary key anyway.

Dynamic Sub-classing DBIx::Class proxy classes (AKA multi-class object inflation from one table)

DBIx::Class classes are proxy classes, therefore some different techniques need to be employed for more than basic subclassing. In this example we have a single user table that carries a boolean bit for admin. We would like like to give the admin users objects(DBIx::Class::Row) the same methods as a regular user but also special admin only methods. It doesn't make sense to create two seperate proxy-class files for this. We would be copying all the user methods into the Admin class. There is a cleaner way to accomplish this.

Overriding the inflate_result method within the User proxy-class gives us the effect we want. This method is called by DBIx::Class::ResultSet when inflating a result from storage. So we grab the object being returned, inspect the values we are looking for, bless it if it's an admin object, and then return it. See the example below:

Schema Definition

    package DB::Schema; 
     
    use base qw/DBIx::Class::Schema/; 
 
    __PACKAGE__->load_classes(qw/User/); 

Proxy-Class definitions

    package DB::Schema::User; 
     
    use strict; 
    use warnings; 
    use base qw/DBIx::Class/; 
     
    ### Defined what our admin class is for ensure_class_loaded 
    my $admin_class = __PACKAGE__ . '::Admin'; 
     
    __PACKAGE__->load_components(qw/Core/); 
     
    __PACKAGE__->table('users'); 
     
    __PACKAGE__->add_columns(qw/user_id   email    password  
                                firstname lastname active 
                                admin/); 
     
    __PACKAGE__->set_primary_key('user_id'); 
     
    sub inflate_result { 
        my $self = shift;  
        my $ret = $self->next::method(@_); 
        if( $ret->admin ) {### If this is an admin rebless for extra functions  
            $self->ensure_class_loaded( $admin_class ); 
            bless $ret, $admin_class; 
        } 
        return $ret; 
    } 
     
    sub hello { 
        print "I am a regular user.\n"; 
        return ; 
    } 
     
     
    package DB::Schema::User::Admin; 
     
    use strict; 
    use warnings; 
    use base qw/DB::Schema::User/; 
     
    sub hello 
    { 
        print "I am an admin.\n"; 
        return; 
    } 
     
    sub do_admin_stuff 
    { 
        print "I am doing admin stuff\n"; 
        return ; 
    } 

Test File test.pl

    use warnings; 
    use strict; 
    use DB::Schema; 
     
    my $user_data = { email    => 'someguy@place.com',  
                      password => 'pass1',  
                      admin    => 0 }; 
                           
    my $admin_data = { email    => 'someadmin@adminplace.com',  
                       password => 'pass2',  
                       admin    => 1 }; 
                           
    my $schema = DB::Schema->connection('dbi:Pg:dbname=test'); 
     
    $schema->resultset('User')->create( $user_data ); 
    $schema->resultset('User')->create( $admin_data ); 
     
    ### Now we search for them 
    my $user = $schema->resultset('User')->single( $user_data ); 
    my $admin = $schema->resultset('User')->single( $admin_data ); 
     
    print ref $user, "\n"; 
    print ref $admin, "\n"; 
     
    print $user->password , "\n"; # pass1 
    print $admin->password , "\n";# pass2; inherited from User 
    print $user->hello , "\n";# I am a regular user. 
    print $admin->hello, "\n";# I am an admin. 
 
    ### The statement below will NOT print 
    print "I can do admin stuff\n" if $user->can('do_admin_stuff'); 
    ### The statement below will print 
    print "I can do admin stuff\n" if $admin->can('do_admin_stuff'); 

Skip object creation for faster results

DBIx::Class is not built for speed, it's built for convenience and ease of use, but sometimes you just need to get the data, and skip the fancy objects.

To do this simply use DBIx::Class::ResultClass::HashRefInflator.

 my $rs = $schema->resultset('CD');
 
 $rs->result_class('DBIx::Class::ResultClass::HashRefInflator');
 
 my $hash_ref = $rs->find(1);

Wasn't that easy?

Get raw data for blindingly fast results

If the inflate_result solution above is not fast enough for you, you can use a DBIx::Class to return values exactly as they come out of the data base with none of the convenience methods wrapped round them.

This is used like so:-

  my $cursor = $rs->cursor
  while (my @vals = $cursor->next) {
      # use $val[0..n] here
  }

You will need to map the array offsets to particular columns (you can use the select attribute of search() to force ordering).

Want to know if find_or_create found or created a row?

Just use find_or_new instead, then check in_storage:

  my $obj = $rs->find_or_new({ blah => 'blarg' });
  unless ($obj->in_storage) {
    $obj->insert;
    # do whatever else you wanted if it was a new row
  }

Wrapping/overloading a column accessor

Problem: Say you have a table "Camera" and want to associate a description with each camera. For most cameras, you'll be able to generate the description from the other columns. However, in a few special cases you may want to associate a custom description with a camera.

Solution:

In your database schema, define a description field in the "Camera" table that can contain text and null values.

In DBIC, we'll overload the column accessor to provide a sane default if no custom description is defined. The accessor will either return or generate the description, depending on whether the field is null or not.

First, in your "Camera" schema class, define the description field as follows:

  __PACKAGE__->add_columns(description => { accessor => '_description' });

Next, we'll define the accessor-wrapper subroutine:

  sub description {
      my $self = shift;

      # If there is an update to the column, we'll let the original accessor
      # deal with it.
      return $self->_description(@_) if @_;

      # Fetch the column value.
      my $description = $self->_description;

      # If there's something in the description field, then just return that.
      return $description if defined $description && length $descripton;

      # Otherwise, generate a description.
      return $self->generate_description;
  }
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