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Tangram::Type::Set::FromMany - maps Set::Object using a link table


   use Tangram;

   # or
   use Tangram::Core;
   use Tangram::Type::Set::FromMany;

   $schema = Tangram::Schema->new(

      classes => { Company => { fields => {

      set =>
         # long form
         employee =>
            class => 'Person',
            table => 'Company_employees',
            coll => 'company',
            item => 'employee',

         # short form
         assets => 'Asset',


Maps a reference to a Set::Object. The persistent fields are grouped in a hash under the set key in the field hash.

The set may contain only objects of persistent classes. These classes must have a common persistent base class.

Tangram uses a link table to save the state of the collection. The table has two columns: one contains the id of the container objects; the other contains the ids of the elements.

The field names are passed in a hash that associates a field name with a field descriptor. The field descriptor may be either a hash or a string. The hash uses the following fields:

Mandatory field class specifies the class of the elements.

Optional field aggreg specifies that the elements of the collection must be removed (erased) from persistent storage along with the containing object. The default is not to aggregate.

Optional field table sets the name of the link table. This defaults to 'C_F', where C is the class of the containing object and F is the field name.

Optional field coll sets the name the column containing the ids of the containing objects. This defaults to 'coll'.

Optional field item sets the name the column containing the ids of the elements. This defaults to 'item'.

Optional field deep_update specificies that all elements have to be updated automatically when update is called on the collection object. Automatic update ensures consisitency between the Perl representation and the DBMS state, but degrades update performance so use it with caution. The default is not to do automatic updates.

If the descriptor is a string, it is interpreted as the name of the element's class. This is equivalent to specifying only the class field in the hash variant.

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