Configuring the naming of beans and DAOs

By default, if you have a users table, TDBM will generate those classes:

  • User class for the main bean
  • AbstractUser class for the "base" bean
  • UserDao class for the main DAO
  • AbstractUserDao class for the "base" DAO

Note: before TDBM 4.3, naming of beans was quite different:

  • UserBean class for the main bean
  • UserBaseBean class for the "base" bean
  • UserDao class for the main DAO
  • UserBaseDao class for the "base" DAO

These naming can be configured. To generate those names, TDBM relies on a naming strategy. The default naming strategy is a class named DefaultNamingStrategy and implementing the NamingStrategyInterface.

When configuring the naming, you have 2 solutions:

  • configure the default DefaultNamingStrategy instance
  • provide your own NamingStrategyInterface implementation to TDBM
Note: The naming strategy also covers:
  • Name of getters
  • Name of setters
  • Name of find-by-index methods
  • Name of JSON serialized properties

Configuring the default naming strategy

The default naming strategy assumes the name of the tables are in English and in plural form. The default naming strategy will put the table name in CamelCase, in singular form and then add suffixes and prefixes.

Those suffixes and prefixes are configurable:

// Let's create a naming strategy that maps behaviour of TDBM version <= 4.2
$strategy = new DefaultNamingStrategy();
$strategy->setBeanPrefix('');
$strategy->setBeanSuffix('Bean');
$strategy->setBaseBeanPrefix('');
$strategy->setBaseBeanSuffix('BaseBean');
$strategy->setDaoPrefix('');
$strategy->setDaoSuffix('Dao');
$strategy->setBaseDaoPrefix('');
$strategy->setBaseDaoSuffix('BaseDao');

Furthermore, you can configure a set of exceptions. This can be useful if your table names are not in English or not in plural form. Let's assume you have a table named chevaux ('horses' in French). The singular form is 'cheval', so you would want a 'Cheval' bean and a 'ChevalDao'. That easy with the setExceptions method:

$strategy->setExceptions([
    'chevaux' => 'Cheval'
]);

Implementing your own naming strategy

If you need a more fine-grained control over the naming strategy, you can simply implement your own NamingStrategyInterface class. Or you can extend the AbstractNamingStrategy class that implements most of the boilerplate code you will need and still offers a large degree of freedom.

The naming strategy is passed as a parameter of the Configuration class used to configure the TDBMService.

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