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Flagging an AnyBlok field as modified #72

gracinet opened this Issue Nov 16, 2018 · 2 comments


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gracinet commented Nov 16, 2018

In some cases, a field might correspond to a mutable Python structure, such as a dict. Changing the contents of that data structure is invisible to SQLAlchemy unless one calls flag_modified().

I'm doing this for example in Anyblok / WMS Base for the flexible JSONB field of Model.Wms.PhysObj.Properties: (taken from

          from sqlalchemy.orm.attributes import flag_modified
          self.flexible[k] = v
          flag_modified(self, '__anyblok_field_flexible')

The problem here is that it makes appicative code (AWB in that case) rely on AnyBlok internals (actual name of the attribute as seen from SQLAlchemy).

Therefore it would be a good thing for AnyBlok to expose its own version of flag_modified, so that I could do simply:

     from anyblok.field import flag_modified
     self.flexible[k] = v
     flag_modified(self, 'flexible')

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jssuzanne commented Nov 16, 2018

I prefere


The method on the Model could be

def flag_modified(self, *fields):

The goal is to keep the same partern as refresh or expire


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gracinet commented Nov 16, 2018

@jssuzanne thanks for your reply. Well that's what I didn't dare to suggest (didn't know about refresh() and expire() methods either)

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