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November 17, 2007

What dual references can bring

Filed under: Uncategorized — negev @ 4:33 pm
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22 Feb 07
Symptoms of the problem: Weird – inconsistent DB results in CakePHP.
Root of evil: non-standard conventions. I have a DB table Office that I refer to via 2 columns:

  • id – unique within the table
  • office_id – same for current and historical records of an office. I differentiate current and historical offices by another column – disposition, which is ‘active’ or ‘historical’. You can also have ‘pending’ and ‘lameduck’ if the office was edited but the change was not confirmed yet.

The actual problem: My other tables referred to Office via office_code and filtered them by disposition=’active’. However, I didn’t tell CakePHP about it. Therefore CakePHP generated queries like

LEFT JOIN `officies` AS `office` ON `Assets`.`office_code`=`Office`.`id`

rather than


Solution: add var $primaryKey=’office_code’ in Office model class, along with findAll(..) injecting extra condition to make office_code unique


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