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IgnitedRecord 1.0 pre-release

IgnitedRecord is a relation handling ORM library, reminding a bit of Ruby on Rails' ActiveRecord implementation.

The goal of IgnitedRecord is to provide an easy to use, easily customizeable, ORM library to CodeIgniter.

Current version: 0.2.0
(pre-release exists, missing a few features: "through" relations, finished form generation, remade and updated manual)


- Easily configurable
- Uses default values if settings are not explicitly set
- Relations:
       Belongs to
       Has Many
       Has One
       Has And Belongs To Many (shorted to habtm)
- Almost as fast as native CI ActiveRecord when using simple queries, faster when using more complicated ones!
- When fetching related objects, it is possible to filter, order and modify the query in a large quantity of ways
- Belongs To and Has One relations can be fetched easily through a JOIN with the help of join_related()
- Behaviours, which can add and modify the functionality of IgnitedRecord
- Hooks and triggers where you can put your own code
- Complete support for PHP 4, no "hacks" or anyting else is required for IgintedRecord to work under PHP 4.
- Method Chaining under PHP 5
- Nested WHERE statements and subqueries, with help from IgnitedQuery
- Partial support for multiple primary keys (relations are not supported, yet)
- A CodeIgniter-style manual, which covers almost all aspects of IgnitedRecord

- Repetitious work is minimized.
- You have a finished model base to builld on.
- You don't have to write SQL if you don't want to.
- The choice between updates and inserts is automatically determined.
- The result resources are automatically cleaned up, to improve speed and lower memory consumption.
- The code is easier to read

Compared to CodeIgniter's ActiveRecord
-1 % to over 200 % speed gain!!

Compared to direct db interaction
-11 % to -3 %

When performing simple queries, it is almost as fast as Ci's AR, but when performing more advanced queries it is a lot faster than AR.



$this->post = IgnitedRecord::factory('posts');

$posts = $this->post->like('CodeIgniter')
                    ->order_by('date', 'desc')

foreach($posts as $post){
    echo $post->title;
    echo $post->user_username;

Screencast with the 1.0-dev: here

Wiki page: CI Wiki
Download: Assembla SVN Browser (possible to download a zip with a link in the right corner)
Assembla project space: IgnitedRecord

Good work man. Fantastic contribution Wink

I've read somewhere else you are making the orm library php4 compatible, is this the one?

Yeah, this is the one.
But you have to comment the __call() methods in both the IgnitedRecord and IgnitedRecord_record classes.
By removing them you only remove the aggregation of behaviours and their helpers.

$page = $this->page->get();
$page->get_children(); // with __call()
$page->tree->get_children(); // without

$about = $this->page->xpath('/about/me'); // with __call()
$about = $this->page->tree->xpath('/about/me'); // without

As you see there is no great difference (using the tree behaviour :-P).
Another thing a PHP 4 user might want to change is the '= new' to '=& new'.

All that is covered in the manual.

Great, i'm going to check this out.

[eluser]Chris Newton[/eluser]
Using this I'm given the following error if no records are returned:

A PHP Error was encountered
Severity: Notice
Message: Only variable references should be returned by reference
Filename: models/ignitedrecord.php
Line Number: 774

Ok, thanks for the feedback, the error is fixed in the RC 3.

I have also managed to get my database to work under PHP 4 (couldn't connect earlier), so I have done some testing and changes so it now works on PHP 4 without changes (I hope all references work as they should and that no more PHP 4 specific errors are present).

And finally I have fixed the hooks system, so passing by reference works for everything.

PS. I was wrong about the need to comment the __call() methods in PHP 4, it isn't needed (manual is now changed)

[eluser]Chris Newton[/eluser]
RC 3 has a few errors related to the hooks feature.

The hook($name, $data) function requires 2 parameters, and in a few instances, you're only passing the $name. I set $data=null in the function call... but I didn't look deep enough to see if that's going to cause me problems elswhere.

You are right, a mistake by me (thanks for telling).
The $data parameter is passed to call_user_func_array(), so it should be:
function hook($name,$data = array()){

I guess I concerned myself a bit too much with the passing of all references...

Wow, thanks for the great things here, It's help me soooo much

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