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You have seen how to describe a dao in a xml file (see file). You have to place this file in a daos/ directory of a module and name it like this : name.dao.xml where name is the name of your dao.

Remember that you actually define two objects:

  • a dao object which is a factory, and inheriting from jDaoFactoryBase: it allows you to retrieve, insert, modify, delete one ore several records. It proposes basic methods, but also has the methods that you will have described in the xml file in the <factory> section
  • a dao record object, inheriting form jDaoRecordBase, representing a database record whose properties are described in the xml file

Retrieving the factory and an empty DAO record

To be able to retrieve these objects, you have to use the jDao object which proposes several static methods :

  • get(): allows to get a factory. Always return the same instance (use a singleton)
  • create(): allows to get a new instance of a factory. Rarely useful.
  • createRecord(): allows to get an empty dao record object.
  • createConditions: allows to get a jDAOConditions object which is useful to specify some select conditions to retrieve a set of record objects.

get(), create() and createRecord() all take a dao file selector as parameter and an optional parameter which is the name of the jDb profile to use (if this parameter is not specified, it will use the default one).

If the used jDb profile specifies a table prefix, then all used tables in the dao file will be prefixed.

If we have foo.dao.xml dao file in the bar module :

   $myDao = jDao::get("bar~foo");
   // or if this line of code is in a file of the bar module :
   $myDao = jDao::get("foo");
   $myRecord = jDao::createRecord("foo");

$myDao contains a factory of foo, and $myRecord an empty record of foo type.

Create, modify, delete a record

The insert, update, and delete methods of the factory are made for this. You specify a record to the first two methods. For delete, you specify the keys of the record.


You should get a new record, fill it and then call the insert method of the factory.

   // get the factory
   $myFactory = jDao::get("foo");

   // create a new record
   $record = jDao::createRecord("foo");

   // fill the record
   $record->foo = "hello";
   $record->bar = "...";

   // save the record

If there are some autoincremented fields, the corresponding properties will be updated by the insert methode with the new value.


The process is the same as record creation: you retrieve a record, you modify its properties, then you call the update method of the factory:

   // get the factory
   $myFactory = jDao::get("foo");

   // retrieve the record which have 3 as primary key
   $record = $myFactory->get(3);

  // fill the record
   $record->foo = "hello";
   $record->bar = "...";

   // save the record


You should call the delete method of the factory, by giving the primary key of the record to delete.

   // get the factory
   $myFactory = jDao::get("foo");

   // delete the record which have 3 as id