- AUTHOR - Elia Stupka, Hilmar Lapp
- Overridden Inherited Methods
- Internal methods
Bio::DB::BioSQL::ReferenceAdaptor - DESCRIPTION of Object
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Adaptor for Reference objects inside bioperl db
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The rest of the documentation details each of the object methods. Internal methods are usually preceded with a _
Title : new Usage : Function: Instantiates the persistence adaptor. Example : Returns : Args :
Title : get_persistent_slots Usage : Function: Get the slots of the object that map to attributes in its respective entity in the datastore. Slots should be methods callable without an argument. Example : Returns : an array of method names constituting the serializable slots Args : the object about to be inserted or updated
Title : get_persistent_slot_values Usage : Function: Obtain the values for the slots returned by get_persistent_slots(), in exactly that order. The reason this method is here is that sometimes the actual slot values need to be post-processed to yield the value that gets actually stored in the database. E.g., slots holding arrays will need some kind of join function applied. Another example is if the method call needs additional arguments. Supposedly the adaptor for a specific interface knows exactly what to do here. Since there is also populate_from_row() the adaptor has full control over mapping values to a version that is actually stored. Example : Returns : A reference to an array of values for the persistent slots of this object. Individual values may be undef. Args : The object about to be serialized. A reference to an array of foreign key objects if not retrievable from the object itself.
Title : get_foreign_key_objects Usage : Function: Gets the objects referenced by this object, and which therefore need to be referenced as foreign keys in the datastore. Bio::Annotation::Reference has a virtual dbxref (e.g., the MEDLINE link) as foreign key. Virtual means that in the object model there is no such reference, but there is in the BioSQL schema. Example : Returns : an array of Bio::DB::PersistentObjectI implementing objects Args : The object about to be inserted or updated, or undef if the call is for a SELECT query. In the latter case return class or interface names that are mapped to the foreign key tables. Optionally, additional named parameters. A common parameter will be -fkobjs, with a reference to an array of foreign key objects that are not retrievable from the persistent object itself.
Title : attach_foreign_key_objects Usage : Function: Attaches foreign key objects to the given object as far as necessary. This method is called after find_by_XXX() queries, not for INSERTs or UPDATEs. Bio::Annotation::Reference has a virtual dbxref (e.g., the MEDLINE link) as foreign key. Virtual means that in the object model there is no such reference, but there is in the BioSQL schema. Example : Returns : TRUE on success, and FALSE otherwise. Args : The object to which to attach foreign key objects. A reference to an array of foreign key values, in the order of foreign keys returned by get_foreign_key_objects().
Title : store_children Usage : Function: Inserts or updates the child entities of the given object in the datastore. Example : Returns : TRUE on success, and FALSE otherwise Args : The Bio::DB::PersistentObjectI implementing object for which the child objects shall be made persistent. Optionally, additional named parameters. A common parameter will be -assoc_objs, with a reference to an array of objects to which this object should be associated in the database if those objects are not retrievable from the persistent object itself.
Title : remove_children Usage : Function: This method is to cascade deletes in maintained objects. We just return TRUE here, because the dbxref child is only virtual. Example : Returns : TRUE on success and FALSE otherwise Args : The persistent object that was just removed from the database. Additional (named) parameter, as passed to remove().
Title : instantiate_from_row Usage : Function: Instantiates the class this object is an adaptor for, and populates it with values from columns of the row. This implementation call populate_from_row() to do the real job. Example : Returns : An object, or undef, if the row contains no values Args : A reference to an array of column values. The first column is the primary key, the other columns are expected to be in the order returned by get_persistent_slots(). Optionally, the object factory to be used for instantiating the proper class. The adaptor must be able to instantiate a default class if this value is undef.
Title : populate_from_row Usage : Function: Instantiates the class this object is an adaptor for, and populates it with values from columns of the row. Usually a derived class will instantiate the proper class and pass it on to populate_from_row(). This method MUST be overridden by a derived object. Example : Returns : An object, or undef, if the row contains no values Args : The object to be populated. A reference to an array of column values. The first column is the primary key, the other columns are expected to be in the order returned by get_persistent_slots().
Title : get_unique_key_query Usage : Function: Obtain the suitable unique key slots and values as determined by the attribute values of the given object and the additional foreign key objects, in case foreign keys participate in a UK. Example : Returns : One or more references to hash(es) where each hash represents one unique key, and the keys of each hash represent the names of the object's slots that are part of the particular unique key and their values are the values of those slots as suitable for the key. Args : The object with those attributes set that constitute the chosen unique key (note that the class of the object will be suitable for the adaptor). A reference to an array of foreign key objects if not retrievable from the object itself.
Title : add_assocation Usage : Function: Stores the association between given objects in the datastore. We override this here to add start() and end() to the values hash. Everything else is left untouched and passed on to the inherited implementation. Example : Returns : TRUE on success and FALSE otherwise Args : Named parameters. At least the following must be recognized: -objs a reference to an array of objects to be associated with each other -values a reference to a hash the keys of which are abstract column names and the values are values of those columns. These columns are generally those other than the ones for foreign keys to the entities to be associated -obj_contexts optional, if given it denotes a reference to an array of context keys (strings), which allow the foreign key name to be determined through the association map rather than through foreign_key_name(). This is necessary if more than one object of the same type takes part in the association. The array must be in the same order as -objs, and have the same number of elements. Put "default" for objects for which there are no multiple contexts. Caveats: Make sure you *always* give the objects to be associated in the same order.
These are mostly private or 'protected.' Methods which are in the latter class have this explicitly stated in their documentation. 'Protected' means you may call these from derived classes, but not from outside.
Title : _dbxref_adaptor Usage : $obj->_dbxref_adaptor($newval) Function: Get/set cached persistence adaptor for a bioperl DBLink object. In OO speak, consider the access class of this method protected. I.e., call from descendants, but not from outside. Example : Returns : value of _dbxref_adaptor (a Bio::DB::PersistenceAdaptorI instance) Args : new value (a Bio::DB::PersistenceAdaptorI instance, optional)
Title : _dblink_fk Usage : $fk_dbl = $obj->_dblink_fk() Function: Get the L<Bio::Annotation::DBLink> object representing the foreign key of references to their db_xref, if there is a medline ID. Example : Returns : A persistent Bio::Annotation::DBLink object Args : The Bio::Annotation::Reference object for which to emulate the foreign key object
Title : _crc64 Usage : Function: Computes and returns the CRC64 checksum for a given reference object. The method uses the reference's authors, title, and location properties. Example : Returns : the CRC64 as a string Args : the Bio::Annotation::Reference object for which to compute the CRC