A behavior providing composite number ranges with a foreign key and a composite key.

0.2.1 2015-07-15 18:44 UTC



A behavior for Propel 2 which provides number ranges in combination of a composite key. This Behavior only works in MySQL!

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Dafuq? Number Range? What's that?

Consider having a table with an autoincrement id field, a foreign key and an composite id field behaving as an autoincrement field, but starting at zero for every new foreign id value. Example:

<table name="user">
    <column name="id" required="true" primaryKey="true" autoIncrement="true" type="INTEGER" />
    <column name="username" type="VARCHAR" size="100" required="true" />

<table name="document">
    <column name="id" required="true" primaryKey="true" autoIncrement="true" type="INTEGER" />
    <column name="user_id" type="INTEGER" required="true" />
    <column name="user_document_id" type="INTEGER" required="true" />
    <foreign-key foreignTable="user">
        <reference local="user_id" foreign="id" />

Example content of document table:

id user_id user_document_id
1 1 1
2 1 2
3 2 1
4 2 2
5 3 1
6 3 2
7 1 3
8 1 4

As you can see, user_document_id is starting at zero for every different user_id! This is called a number range. Yay

How does this Behavior work?

The generation of the user_document_id is done via a trigger which is created automatically by a custom MySQLPlatform provided by this behavior. The current id is stored in a sequence_table to prevent duplicate keys when a row is deleted from the document table.

Registering the Platform

In app/config/config.yml add the platform for your connection name:

        defaultConnection: default
        connections:       [ default ]
        platformClass:     \APinnecke\CompositeNumberRange\Platform\MysqlPlatform

Add behavior to table

Following the user <-> document example:

<table name="document">
    <column name="id" required="true" primaryKey="true" autoIncrement="true" type="INTEGER" />
    <behavior name="\APinnecke\CompositeNumberRange\CompositeNumberRangeBehavior">
        <parameter name="foreignTable" value="user"/>

Now the following things will be auto generated: - The user_id column - A ForeignKey from document.user_id to user.id - The user_document_id column - A Unique Index with user_id and user_document_id - A sequence table user_sequence consisting out of table_name, user_id and user_max_document_id columns. - The Trigger setDocumentUserId

Code Example:

$user = new \User();

$document = new \Document();

$userDocumentId = $document->getUserDocumentId();
// $userDocumentId contains 1

Migrations Notice

Because propel:migrations:diff does not know anything about triggers, they have to be checked via SQL Statement. If you use triggers and change something on any table having triggers appended, they will always appear in your down() section of the migration. At the moment you have to remove them by hand, this bug will be solved in the future during Propel 2 release.