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Manual Reference Pages  -  ALZABO::CREATE::COLUMN (3)

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NAME

Alzabo::Create::Column - Column objects for use in schema creation

CONTENTS

SYNOPSIS



  use Alzabo::Create::Column;



DESCRIPTION

This object represents a column. It holds data specific to a column. Additional data is held in a Alzabo::Create::ColumnDefinition object, which is used to allow two columns to share a type (which is good when two columns in different tables are related as it means that if the type of one is changed, the other is also.)

INHERITS FROM

Alzabo::Column

Note: all relevant documentation from the superclass has been merged into this document.

METHODS

    new

The constructor accepts the following parameters:
o table => Alzabo::Create::Table object
o name => $name
o nullable => 0 or 1 (optional)

Defaults to false.

o sequenced => 0 or 1 (optional)

Defaults to false.

o default => $default (optional)
o default_is_raw => $boolean (optional)

If default_is_raw is true, then it will not be quoted when passed to the DBMS in SQL statements. This should be used to allow a default which is a function, like NOW().

o attributes => \@attributes (optional)
o length => $length (optional)
o precision => $precision (optional)

One of either ...

o type => $type

... or ...

o definition => Alzabo::Create::ColumnDefinition object
o comment => $comment

An optional comment.

It returns a new Alzabo::Create::Column object.

Throws: Alzabo::Exception::Params

    type

Returns the column’s type as a string.

    alter

This method allows you to change a column’s type, length, and precision as a single operation. It should be instead of calling set_type() followed by set_length().

It takes the following parameters:
o type => $type
o length => $length (optional)
o precision => $precision (optional)
Throws: Alzabo::Exception::Params, Alzabo::Exception::RDBMSRules

    set_type ($type)

Sets the column’s type.

Throws: Alzabo::Exception::Params, Alzabo::Exception::RDBMSRules

set_table (CWAlzabo::Create::Table object)

Sets the Alzabo::Create::Table object in which this column is located.

Throws: Alzabo::Exception::Params

    name

Returns the column’s name as a string.

    set_name ($name)

Sets the column’s name (a string).

Throws: Alzabo::Exception::Params, Alzabo::Exception::RDBMSRules

    nullable

Returns a boolean value indicating whether or not NULLs are allowed in this column.

    set_nullable (0 or 1)

Sets the nullability of the column (this determines whether nulls are allowed in the column or not). Must be 0 or 1.

Throws: Alzabo::Exception::Params

    attributes

A column’s attributes are strings describing the column (for example, valid attributes in MySQL are ’UNSIGNED’ or ’ZEROFILL’.

This method returns a list of strings of such strings.

    has_attribute

This method can be used to test whether or not a column has a particular attribute. By default, the check is case-insensitive.

It takes the following parameters:
o attribute => $attribute
o case_sensitive => 0 or 1 (defaults to 0)
It returns a boolean value indicating whether or not the column has this particular attribute.

    set_attributes (@attributes)

Sets the column’s attributes. These are strings describing the column (for example, valid attributes in MySQL are PRIMARY KEY or AUTO_INCREMENT).

Throws: Alzabo::Exception::RDBMSRules

    add_attribute ($attribute)

Add an attribute to the column’s list of attributes.

Throws: Alzabo::Exception::RDBMSRules

    delete_attribute ($attribute)

Delete the given attribute from the column’s list of attributes.

Throws: Throws: Alzabo::Exception::Params, Alzabo::Exception::RDBMSRules

    default

Returns the default value of the column as a string, or undef if there is no default.

    set_default ($default)

Sets the column’s default value.

    length

Returns the length attribute of the column, or undef if there is none.

    precision

Returns the precision attribute of the column, or undef if there is none.

    set_length

This method takes the following parameters:
o length => $length
o precision => $precision (optional)
This method sets the column’s length and precision. The precision parameter is optional (though some column types may require it if the length is set).

Throws: Alzabo::Exception::RDBMSRules

    sequenced

The meaning of a sequenced column varies from one RDBMS to another. In those with sequences, it means that a sequence is created and that values for this column will be drawn from it for inserts into this table. In databases without sequences, the nearest analog for a sequence is used (in MySQL the column is given the AUTO_INCREMENT attribute, in Sybase the identity attribute).

In general, this only has meaning for the primary key column of a table with a single column primary key. Setting the column as sequenced means its value never has to be provided to when calling Alzabo::Runtime::Table->insert.

Returns a boolean value indicating whether or not this column is sequenced.

    set_sequenced (0 or 1)

Sets the value of the column’s sequenced attribute.

Throws: Alzabo::Exception::Params, Alzabo::Exception::RDBMSRules

    is_primary_key

Returns a boolean value indicating whether or not this column is part of its table’s primary key.

    is_numeric

Returns a boolean value indicating whether the column is a numeric type column.

    is_character

Returns a boolean value indicating whether the column is a character type column.

This is true only for any columns which are defined to hold text data, regardless of size.

    is_blob

Returns a boolean value indicating whether the column is a blob column.

This is true for any columns defined to hold binary data, regardless of size.

    definition

The definition object is very rarely of interest. Use the type() method if you are only interested in the column’s type.

This methods returns the Alzabo::Create::ColumnDefinition object which holds this column’s type information.

set_definition (CWAlzabo::Create::ColumnDefinition object)

Sets the Alzabo::Create::ColumnDefinition object which holds this column’s type information.

    former_name

If the column’s name has been changed since the last time the schema was instantiated, this method returns the column’s previous name.

    comment

Returns the comment associated with the column object, if any.

    set_comment ($comment)

Set the comment for the column object.
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