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Manual Reference Pages  -  DBIX::CLASS::FILTERCOLUMN (3)

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NAME

DBIx::Class::FilterColumn - Automatically convert column data

CONTENTS

SYNOPSIS

In your Schema or DB class add FilterColumn to the top of the component list.



  __PACKAGE__->load_components(qw( FilterColumn ... ));



Set up filters for the columns you want to convert.



 __PACKAGE__->filter_column( money => {
     filter_to_storage => to_pennies,
     filter_from_storage => from_pennies,
 });

 sub to_pennies   { $_[1] * 100 }

 sub from_pennies { $_[1] / 100 }

 1;



DESCRIPTION

This component is meant to be a more powerful, but less DWIM-y, DBIx::Class::InflateColumn. One of the major issues with said component is that it <B>onlyB> works with references. Generally speaking anything that can be done with DBIx::Class::InflateColumn can be done with this component.

METHODS

    filter_column



 __PACKAGE__->filter_column( colname => {
     filter_from_storage => method|\&coderef,
     filter_to_storage   => method|\&coderef,
 })



This is the method that you need to call to set up a filtered column. It takes exactly two arguments; the first being the column name the second being a hash reference with filter_from_storage and filter_to_storage set to either a method name or a code reference. In either case the filter is invoked as:



  $result->$filter_specification ($value_to_filter)



with $filter_specification being chosen depending on whether the $value_to_filter is being retrieved from or written to permanent storage.

If a specific directional filter is not specified, the original value will be passed to/from storage unfiltered.

    get_filtered_column



 $obj->get_filtered_column(colname)



Returns the filtered value of the column

    set_filtered_column



 $obj->set_filtered_column(colname => new_value)



Sets the filtered value of the column

EXAMPLE OF USE

Some databases have restrictions on values that can be passed to boolean columns, and problems can be caused by passing value that perl considers to be false (such as undef).

One solution to this is to ensure that the boolean values are set to something that the database can handle - such as numeric zero and one, using code like this:-



    __PACKAGE__->filter_column(
        my_boolean_column => {
            filter_to_storage   => sub { $_[1] ? 1 : 0 },
        }
    );



In this case the filter_from_storage is not required, as just passing the database value through to perl does the right thing.

FURTHER QUESTIONS?

Check the list of additional DBIC resources.

COPYRIGHT AND LICENSE

This module is free software copyright by the DBIx::Class (DBIC) authors. You can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as the DBIx::Class library.
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