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What is it?

DataLank is the lightest possible abstract layer to access data. It is so light it is not complete. It is not ORM. It is not an be-all-end-all solution. It is not a data link. It provides a singular way to fetch and forward-only iterate single simple query result sets. Want more? Look elsewhere. The point of using a few objects with a pre-described interface is to avoid some of the work of switching to a different database somewhere down along the lifetime of a project, but not all.

How does it work?

DataLankProtocol.pas defines the interface for the TDataConnection and TQueryResult and objects, but you're not supposed to use it. (Except perhaps to include it in a project to see wether it compiles without syntax errors.)

In your project, include a DataLank.pas unit that just contains code like this, patching the objects through to the implementation of your choosing:

unit DataLink;


uses SomeDBData;

  TDataConnection = TSomeDBConnection;
  TQueryResult = TSomeDBCommand;



This enables you to use TDataConnection in the initialization code and TQueryResult throughout the application, and still change to a different database solition at a later point in the project's lifetime.


Why 'Data Lank'

It's not quite a data link. The point is to have a data-layer that is as thin as possible, so I selected something from m-w: thesaurus/thin and as noted by m-w: dictionary/lank 'lank' stands for:

  • not well filled out: not every operation on the database is available in the limited abstraction. Normal operation can use the TQueryResult object, but advanced work like iterating over the results in a different manner or initiating an automated backup had to be done by talking to the specific database interface or other tools.

  • insufficient in quality, degree or extent: it is not suitable to everyone or for any project. Select to use DataLank in projects that will primarily use data from the database in a straight-forward manner, and can divert to other means to perform any advanced work on the data.

  • hanging straight and limp without spring or curl: it just lets you get and use data from the database using TQueryResult, nothing much more. It doesn't do any extra work for you. It's not ORM. It's only a clean simple imperfect abstraction layer to deminish the work needed to switch to a different database at a later point in the project's lifetime, but specifically not to eleminate that effort.

Examples of things made with DataLank


It's not quite a data link.





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