what is doctrine hydration?

Wahyu Raja Reply 4:17 PM

Data Hydrators

Doctrine has a concept of data hydrators for transforming your :php:class:`Doctrine_Query` instances to a set of PHP data for the user to take advantage of. The most obvious way to hydrate the data is to put it into your object graph and return models/class instances. Sometimes though you want to hydrate the data to an array, use no hydration or return a single scalar value. This chapter aims to document and demonstrate the different hydration types and even how to write your own new hydration types.
Hydration is a method used to return query results. For example:
  1. HYDRATE_ARRAY - This will return you an array of records that are represented by another array:
    $q = Doctrine_Query::create()
       ->from('Post p')
    $resultSet = $q->execute(); // $resultSet is an array
    foreach ($resultSet as $post) {
        // $post is an array
        echo $post['title'];
  2. HYDRATE_RECORD - This will return you an collection (Doctrine_Collection) of objects:
    $q = Doctrine_Query::create()
       ->from('Post p')
       ->setHydrationMode(Doctrine::HYDRATE_RECORD); // Unnecessary, HYDATE_RECORD is default method
    $resultSet = $q->execute(); // $resultSet is an Doctrine_Collection object
    foreach ($resultSet as $post) {
        // $post is an Post object
        echo $post->getTitle();
        echo $post['title']; // Each Doctrine's Model object implements ArrayAccess interface so this is possible
        echo $post->myCustomMethod();
  3. HYDRATE_SINGULAR_SCALAR - Will return the value of first column of query's result:
     $q = Doctrine_Query::create()
       ->from('Post p')
       ->where('p.id = ?', 321)
    $createdAt = $q->execute(); // $createdAt has value of first column from first record from result set (eg.: 2008-04-06 21:22:35)
There is a few more methods , you can read about each in documentation.

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