cadvancedarbehavior CAdvancedArBehavior (Advanced functions for Active Record implementation)

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The CAdvancedArBehavior extension adds up some functionality to the default possibilites of yii´s ActiveRecord implementation. At the moment it is able to automatically save MANY_MANY relation objects when save()-ing an Object.


Version 0.3 added 25. 05. 2011 by thyseus

  • added $ignoreRelations to ignore specified relations. The Behavior will take all found many2many relations by default. Specify exceptions in this array.
  • fixes all the bugs and glitches found in the discussion


  • Yii 1.1 or above

To use this extension, just copy this file to your extensions/ directory, add 'import' => 'application.extensions.CAdvancedArBehavior', [...] to your config/main.php and add this behavior to each model you would like to inherit the new possibilities.

public function behaviors(){
          return array( 'CAdvancedArBehavior' => array(
            'class' => 'application.extensions.CAdvancedArBehavior'));
Possibilities so far:
Better support of MANY_TO_MANY relations:

When we have defined a MANY_MANY relation in our relations() function, we are now able to add up instances of the foreign Model on the fly while saving our Model to the Database. Let´s assume the following Relation:

Post has: 'categories'=>array(self::MANY_MANY, 'Category',

              'tbl_post_category(post_id, category_id)')

Category has: 'posts'=>array(self::MANY_MANY, 'Post',

              'tbl_post_category(category_id, post_id)')

Now we can use the attribute 'categories' of our Post model to add up new rows to our MANY_MANY connection Table:

$post = new Post();
$post->categories = Category::model()->findAll();

This will save our new Post in the table Post, and in addition to this it updates our N:M-Table with every Category available in the Database.

We can further limit the Objects given to the attribute, and can also go the other Way around:

 $category = new Category();
 $category->posts = array(5, 6, 7, 10);

We can pass Object instances like in the first example, or a list of integers that representates the Primary key of the Foreign Table, so that the Posts with the id 5, 6, 7 and 10 get´s added up to our new Category.

5 Queries will be performed here, one for the Category-Model and four for the N:M-Table tbl_post_category. Note that this behavior could be tuned further in the future, so only one query get´s executed for the MANY_MANY Table.

We can also pass a single object or an single integer:

 $category = new Category();
 $category->posts = Post::model()->findByPk(12);
 $category->posts = 12;

Change Log

January 30, 2010

Version 0.2 Code Cleanup, Bugfixes and added save() support

January 28, 2010
  • Initial release.
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Yii Version: 1.1
License: BSD-2-Clause
Category: Database
Developed by: thyseus
Created on: Jan 28, 2010
Last updated: 12 years ago


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