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1 persistence.js
2 ==============
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3 `persistence.js` is a asynchronous Javascript object-relational
4 mapper library. It can be used both in the web browser and on
5 the server using [node.js](http://nodejs.org). It currently
6 supports 4 types of data stores:
7
8 * [HTML5 WebSQL database](http://dev.w3.org/html5/webdatabase/), a
9 somewhat controversial part of HTML5 that is supported in Webkit
10 browsers, specifically on mobile devices, including iPhone, Android
11 and Palm's WebOS.
12 * [Google Gears](http://gears.google.com), a browser plug-in that adds
13 a number of feature to the browser, including a in-browser database.
14 * [MySQL](http://www.mysql.com), using the
15 [node-mysql](http://github.com/stevebest/node-mysql), node.js module
16 on the server.
17 * In-memory, as a fallback. Keeps the database in memory and is cleaned
18 upon a page refresh (or server restart).
19
20 There is also an experimental support for [Qt 4.7 Declarative UI
21 framework
22 (QML)](http://doc.trolltech.org/4.7-snapshot/declarativeui.html) which
23 is an extension to JavaScript.
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25 For browser use, `persistence.js` has no dependencies on any other
26 frameworks, other than the Google Gears [initialization
27 script](http://code.google.com/apis/gears/gears_init.js), in case you
28 want to enable Gears support.
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30 Plug-ins
31 --------
32
33 There are a few `persistence.js` plug-ins available that add functionality:
34
35 * `persistence.search.js`, adds simple full-text search capabilities,
36 see `docs/search.md` for more information.
37 * `persistence.migrations.js`, supports data migrations (changes to
38 the database schema), see `docs/migrations.md` for more information.
39 * `persistence.sync.js`, supports database synchronization with a
40 remote server, see `docs/sync.md` for more information.
41
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42 A Brief Intro to Async Programming
43 ----------------------------------
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45 In browsers, Javascript and the web page's rendering engine share
46 a single thread. The result of this is that only one thing can happen
47 at a time. If a database query would be performed _synchronously_,
48 like in many other programming environments like Java and PHP the
49 browser would freeze from the moment the query was issued until the
50 results came back. Therefore, many APIs in Javascript are defined as
51 _asynchronous_ APIs, which mean that they do not block when an
52 "expensive" computation is performed, but instead provide the call
53 with a function that will be invoked once the result is known. In the
54 meantime, the browser can perform other duties.
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55
56 For instance, a synchronous database call call would look as follows:
57
58 var results = db.query("SELECT * FROM Table");
59 for(...) { ... }
60
61 The execution of the first statement could take half a second, during
62 which the browser doesn't do anything else. By contrast, the
63 asynchronous version looks as follows:
64
65 db.query("SELECT * FROM Table", function(results) {
66 for(...) { ... }
67 });
68
69 Note that there will be a delay between the `db.query` call and the
70 result being available and that while the database is processing the
71 query, the execution of the Javascript continues. To make this clear,
72 consider the following program:
73
74 db.query("SELECT * FROM Table", function(results) {
75 console.log("hello");
76 });
77 console.log("world");
78
79 Although one could assume this would print "hello", followed by
80 "world", the result will likely be that "world" is printed before
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81 "hello", because "hello" is only printed when the results from the
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82 query are available. This is a tricky thing about asynchronous
83 programming that a Javascript developer will have to get used to.
84
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85 Using persistence.js in the browser
86 ===================================
87
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88 Browser support
89 ---------------
90
91 * Modern webkit browsers (Google Chrome and Safari)
92 * Firefox (through Google Gears)
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93 * Android browser (tested on 1.6 and 2.1)
94 * iPhone browser (iPhone OS 3+)
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95 * Palm WebOS (tested on 1.4.0)
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96
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97 (The following is being worked on:)
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98 Internet Explorer is likely not supported (untested) because it
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99 lacks `__defineGetter__` and `__defineSetter__` support, which
100 `persistence.js` uses heavily. This may change in IE 8.
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101
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102 Setting up
103 ----------
104
105 To use `persistence.js` you need to clone the git repository:
106
107 git clone git://github.com/zefhemel/persistencejs.git
108
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109 To use it you need to copy `lib/persistence.js` to your web directory,
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110 as well as any data stores you want to use. Note that the `mysql` and
111 `websql` stores both depend on the `sql` store. A typical setup
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112 requires you to copy at least `lib/persistence.js`,
113 `lib/persistence.store.sql.js` and `lib/persistence.store.websql.js` to your
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114 web directory. You can then load them as follows:
115
116 <script src="persistence.js" type="application/javascript"></script>
117 <script src="persistence.store.sql.js" type="application/javascript"></script>
118 <script src="persistence.store.websql.js" type="application/javascript"></script>
119
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121 Setup your database
122 -------------------
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124 You need to explicitly configure the data store you want to use,
125 configuration of the data store is store-specific. The WebSQL store
126 (which includes Google Gears support) is configured as follows:
127
128 persistence.store.websql.config(persistence, 'yourdbname', 'A database description', 5 * 1024 * 1024);
129
130 The first argument is always supposed to be `persistence`. The second
131 in your database name (it will create it if it does not already exist,
132 the third is a description for you database, the last argument is the
133 maximum size of your database in bytes (5MB in this example).
134
135 If you're using the in-memory store, you can configure it as follows:
136
137 persistence.store.memory.config(persistence);
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139 Schema definition
140 -----------------
141
142 A data model is declared using `persistence.define`. The following two
143 definitions define a `Task` and `Category` entity with a few simple
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144 properties. The property types are based on [SQLite
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145 types](http://www.sqlite.org/datatype3.html), specifically supported
146 types are (but any SQLite type is supported):
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147
148 * `TEXT`: for textual data
149 * `INT`: for numeric values
150 * `BOOL`: for boolean values (`true` or `false`)
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151 * `DATE`: for date/time value (with precision of 1 second)
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152 * `JSON`: a special type that can be used to store arbitrary
153 [JSON](http://www.json.org) data. Note that this data can not be used
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154 to filter or sort in any sensible way. If internal changes are made to a `JSON`
155 property, `persistence.js` may not register them. Therefore, a manual
156 call to `anObj.markDirty('jsonPropertyName')` is required before calling
157 `persistence.flush`.
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158
159 Example use:
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161 var Task = persistence.define('Task', {
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162 name: "TEXT",
163 description: "TEXT",
164 done: "BOOL"
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165 });
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167 var Category = persistence.define('Category', {
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168 name: "TEXT",
169 metaData: "JSON"
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170 });
171
172 var Tag = persistence.define('Task', {
173 name: "TEXT"
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174 });
175
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176 The returned values are constructor functions and can be used to
177 create new instances of these entities later:
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178
179
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180 Relationships between entities are defined using the constructor
181 function's `hasMany` call:
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182
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183 // This defines a one-to-many relationship:
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184 Category.hasMany('tasks', Task, 'category');
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185 // These two definitions define a many-to-many relationship
186 Task.hasMany('tags', Tag, 'tasks');
187 Tag.hasMany('tasks', Task, 'tags');
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189 The first statement defines a `tasks` relationship on category objects
190 containing a `QueryCollection` (see the section on query collections
191 later) of `Task`s, it also defines an inverse relationship on `Task`
192 objects with the name `category`. The last two statements define a
193 many-to-many relationships between `Task` and `Tag`. `Task` gets a
194 `tags` property (a `QueryCollection`) containing all its tags and vice
195 versa, `Tag` gets a `tasks` property containing all of its tasks.
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197 The defined entity definitions are synchronized (activated) with the
198 database using a `persistence.schemaSync` call, which takes a callback
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199 function (with a newly created transaction as an argument), that is called
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200 when the schema synchronization has completed, the callback is
201 optional.
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202
203 persistence.schemaSync();
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204 // or
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205 persistence.schemaSync(function(tx) {
206 // tx is the transaction object of the transaction that was
207 // automatically started
208 });
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210 There is also a migrations plugin you can check out, documentation can be found
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211 in [persistence.migrations.docs.md](migrations/persistence.migrations.docs.md) file.
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212
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213 Creating and manipulating objects
214 ---------------------------------
215
216 New objects can be instantiated with the constructor functions.
217 Optionally, an object with initial property values can be passed as
218 well, or the properties may be set later:
219
220 var task = new Task();
221 var category = new Category({name: "My category"});
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222 category.metaData = {rating: 5};
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223 var tag = new Tag();
224 tag.name = "work";
225
226 Many-to-one relationships are accessed using their specified name, e.g.:
227 task.category = category;
228
229 One-to-many and many-to-many relationships are access and manipulated
230 through the `QueryCollection` API that will be discussed later:
231
232 task.tags.add(tag);
233 tasks.tags.remove(tag)l
234 tasks.tags.list(tx, function(allTags) { console.log(allTags); });
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236 Persisting/removing objects
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237 ---------------------------
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239 Similar to [hibernate](http://www.hibernate.org), `persistence.js`
240 uses a tracking mechanism to determine which objects' changes have to
241 be persisted to the datase. All objects retrieved from the database
242 are automatically tracked for changes. New entities can be tracked to
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243 be persisted using the `persistence.add` function:
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245 var c = new Category({name: "Main category"});
246 persistence.add(c);
247 for ( var i = 0; i < 5; i++) {
248 var t = new Task();
249 t.name = 'Task ' + i;
250 t.done = i % 2 == 0;
251 t.category = c;
252 persistence.add(t);
253 }
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255 Objects can also be removed from the database:
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257 persistence.remove(c);
258
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259 All changes made to tracked objects can be flushed to the database by
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260 using `persistence.flush`, which takes a transaction object and
261 callback function as arguments. A new transaction can be started using
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262 `persistence.transaction`:
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264 persistence.transaction(function(tx) {
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265 persistence.flush(tx, function() {
266 alert('Done flushing!');
267 });
268 });
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270 For convenience, it is also possible to not specify a transaction or
271 callback, in that case a new transaction will be started
272 automatically. For instance:
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274 persistence.flush();
275 // or, with callback
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276 persistence.flush(function() {
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277 alert('Done flushing');
278 });
279
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280 Note that when no callback is defined, the flushing still happens
281 asynchronously.
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282
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283 __Important__: Changes and new objects will not be persisted until you
284 explicitly call `persistence.flush()`. The exception to this rule is
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285 using the `list(...)` method on a database `QueryCollection`, which also
286 flushes first, although this behavior may change in the future.
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287
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288 Dumping and restoring data
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289 --------------------------------
290
291 `persistence.dump` can be used to create an object containing a full
292 dump of a database. Naturally, it is adviced to only do this with
293 smaller databases. Example:
294
295 persistence.dump(tx, [Task, Category], function(dump) {
296 console.log(dump);
297 });
298
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299 The `tx` is left out, a new transaction will be started for the
300 operation. If the second argument is left out, `dump` defaults
301 to dumping _all_ defined entities.
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302
303 The dump format is:
304
305 {"entity-name": [list of instances],
306 ...}
307
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308 `persistence.load` is used to restore the dump produced by
309 `persistence.dump`. Usage:
310
311 persistence.load(tx, dumpObj, function() {
312 alert('Dump restored!');
313 });
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315 The `tx` argument can be left out to automatically start a new
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316 transaction. Note that `persistence.load` does not empty the database
317 first, it simply attempts to add all objects to the database. If
318 objects with, e.g. the same ID already exist, this will fail.
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320 Similarly, `persistence.loadFromJson` and `persistence.dumpToJson`
321 respectively load and dump all the database's data as JSON strings.
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323 Entity constructor functions
324 ----------------------------
325
326 The constructor function returned by a `persistence.define` call
327 cannot only be used to instantiate new objects, it also has some
328 useful methods of its own:
329
330 * `EntityName.all([session])` returns a query collection containing
331 all
332 persisted instances of that object. The `session` argument is
333 optional and only required when `persistence.js` is used in
334 multi-session mode.
335 * `EntityName.load([session], [tx], id, callback)` loads an particular
336 object from the database by id or returns `null` if it has not been
337 found.
338 * `EntityName.findBy([session], [tx], property, value, callback)` searches
339 for a particular object based on a property value (this is assumed to
340 be unique), the callback function is called with the found object or
341 `null` if it has not been found.
342
343 And of course the methods to define relationships to other entities:
344
345 * `EntityName.hasMany(property, Entity, inverseProperty)` defines a
346 1:N or N:M relationship (depending on the inverse property)
347 * `EntityName.hasOne(property, Entity)` defines a 1:1 or N:1
348 relationship
349
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351 Entity objects
352 --------------
353
354 Entity instances also have a few predefined properties and methods you
355 should be aware of:
356
357 * `obj.id`, contains the identifier of your entity, this is a
358 automatically generated (approximation of a) UUID. You should
359 never write to this property.
360 * `obj.fetch(prop, callback)`, if an object has a `hasOne`
361 relationship to another which has not yet been fetched from the
362 database (e.g. when `prefetch` wasn't used), you can fetch in manually
363 using `fetch`. When the property object is retrieved the callback function
364 is invoked with the result, the result is also cached in the entity
365 object itself.
366 * `obj.selectJSON([tx], propertySpec, callback)`, sometime you need to extract
367 a subset of data from an entity. You for instance need to post a JSON representation of your entity, but do not want to include all properties. `selectJSON` allows you to do that. The `propertySpec` arguments expects an array with property names. Some examples:
368 * `['id', 'name']`, will return an object with the id and name property of this entity
369 * `['*']`, will return an object with all the properties of this entity, not recursive
370 * `['project.name']`, will return an object with a project property which has a name
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371 property containing the project name (hasOne relationship)
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372 * `['project.[id, name]']`, will return an object with a project property which has an
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373 id and name property containing the project name (hasOne relationship)
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374 * `['tags.name']`, will return an object with an array `tags` property containing
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375 objects each with a single property: name
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377
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378 Query collections
379 -----------------
380
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381 A core concept of `persistence.js` is the `QueryCollection`. A
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382 `QueryCollection` represents a (sometimes) virtual collection that can
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383 be filtered, ordered or paginated. `QueryCollection`s are somewhate
384 inspired by [Google AppEngine's Query
385 class](http://code.google.com/appengine/docs/python/datastore/queryclass.html).
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386 A `QueryCollection` has the following methods:
387
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388 * `filter(property, operator, value)`
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389 Returns a new `QueryCollection` that adds a filter, filtering a
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390 certain property based on an operator and value. Supported operators
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391 are '=', '!=', '<', '<=', '>', '>=', 'in' and 'not in'. Example:
392 `.filter('done', '=', true)`
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393 * `order(property, ascending)`
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394 Returns a new `QueryCollection` that will order its results by the
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395 property specified in either an ascending (ascending === true) or
396 descending (ascending === false) order.
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397 * `limit(n)`
398 Returns a new `QueryCollection` that limits the size of the result
399 set to `n` items. Useful for pagination.
400 * `skip(n)`
401 Returns a new `QueryCollection` that skips the first `n` results.
402 Useful for pagination.
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403 * `prefetch(rel)`
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404 Returns a new `QueryCollection` that prefetches entities linked
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405 through relationship `rel`, note that this only works for one-to-one
406 and many-to-one relationships.
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407 * `add(obj)`
408 Adds object `obj` to the collection.
409 * `remove(obj)`
410 Removes object `obj` from the collection.
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411 * `list([tx], callback)`
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412 Asynchronously fetches the results matching the formulated query.
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413 Once retrieved, the callback function is invoked with an array of
414 entity objects as argument.
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415 * `each([tx], eachCallback)`
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416 Asynchronously fetches the results matching the formulated query.
417 Once retrieved, the `eachCallback` function is invoked on each
418 element of the result objects.
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419 * `forEach([tx], eachCallback)`
420 Alias for `each`
421 * `one([tx], callback)`
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422 Asynchronously fetches the first element of the collection, or `null` if none.
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423 * `destroyAll([tx], callback)`
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424 Asynchronously removes all the items in the collection. __Important__: this does
425 not only remove the items from the collection, but removes the items themselves!
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426 * `count([tx], callback)`
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427 Asynchronously counts the number of items in the collection. The arguments passed
428 to the `callback` function is the number of items.
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429
430 Query collections are returned by:
431
432 * `EntityName.all()`, e.g. `Task.all()`
433 * one-to-many and many-to-many relationships, e.g. `task.tags`
434
435 Example:
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436
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437 var allTasks = Task.all().filter("done", '=', true).prefetch("category").order("name", false).limit(10);
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438
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439 allTasks.list(null, function (results) {
440 results.forEach(function (r) {
441 console.log(r.name)
442 window.task = r;
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443 });
444 });
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445
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446 Using persistence.js on the server
447 ==================================
448
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449 Installing `persistence.js` on node is easy using [npm](http://npmjs.org):
450
451 npm install persistencejs
452
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453 Sadly the node.js server environment requires slight changes to
454 `persistence.js` to make it work with multiple database connections:
455
456 * A `Session` object needs to be passed as an extra argument to
457 certain method calls, typically as a first argument.
458 * Methods previously called on the `persistence` object itself are now
459 called on the `Session` object.
460
461 An example `node.js` application is included in `test/node-blog.js`.
462
463 Setup
464 -----
465 You need to `require` two modules, the `persistence.js` library itself
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466 and the MySQL backend module.
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467
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468 var persistence = require('persistencejs/persistence').persistence;
469 var persistenceStore = require('persistencejs/persistence.store.mysql');
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470
471 Then, you configure the database settings to use:
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473 persistenceStore.config(persistence, 'localhost', 'dbname', 'username', 'password');
474
475 Subsequently, for every connection you handle (assuming you're
476 building a sever), you call the `persistenceStore.getSession()`
477 method:
478
479 var session = persistenceBackend.getSession();
480
481 This session is what you pass around, typically together with a
482 transaction object. Note that currently you can only have one
483 transaction open per session and transactions cannot be nested.
484
485 session.transaction(function(tx) {
486 ...
487 });
488
489 Defining your data model
490 ------------------------
491
492 Defining your data model is done in exactly the same way as regular `persistence.js`:
493
494 var Task = persistence.define('Task', {
495 name: "TEXT",
496 description: "TEXT",
497 done: "BOOL"
498 });
499
500 A `schemaSync` is typically performed as follows:
501
502 session.schemaSync(tx, function() {
503 ...
504 });
505
506 Creating and manipulating objects
507 ---------------------------------
508
509 Creating and manipulating objects is done much the same way as with
510 regular `persistence.js`, except that in the entity's constructor you
511 need to reference the `Session` again:
512
513 var t = new Task(session);
514 ...
515 session.add(t);
516
517 session.flush(tx, function() {
518 ...
519 });
520
521 Query collections
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522 -----------------
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524 Query collections work the same way as in regular `persistence.js`
525 with the exception of the `Entity.all()` method that now also requires
526 a `Session` to be passed to it:
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528 Task.all(session).filter('done', '=', true).list(tx, function(tasks) {
529 ...
530 });
531
532 Closing the session
533 -------------------
534
535 After usage, you need to close your session:
536
537 session.close();
538
539 Bugs and Contributions
540 ======================
541
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542 If you find a bug, please [report it](http://yellowgrass.org/project/persistence.js).
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543 or fork the project, fix the problem and send me a pull request. For
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544 a list of planned features and open issues, have a look at the [issue
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545 tracker](http://yellowgrass.org/project/persistence.js).
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546
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547 For support and discussion, please join the [persistence.js Google
548 Group](http://groups.google.com/group/persistencejs).
549
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550 Thanks goes to the people listed in `AUTHORS` for their contributions.
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551
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552 If you use [GWT](http://code.google.com/webtoolkit/) (the Google Web
553 Toolkit), be sure to have a look at [Dennis Z. Jiang's GWT persistence.js
554 wrapper](http://github.com/dennisjzh/gwt-persistence).
555
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556 License
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557 =======
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559 This work is licensed under the [MIT license](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MIT_License).
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561 Support this work
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562 -----------------
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563
564 You can support this project by flattering it:
565
566 <a href="http://flattr.com/thing/2510/persistence-js" target="_blank">
567 <img src="http://api.flattr.com/button/button-static-50x60.png" title="Flattr this" border="0" /></a>
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