Manual installation

At the core of TDBM, there is the TDBMService class. This service is used to generate the PHP code, and also by all DAOs to retrieve beans from the database.

The TDBMService constructor takes a Configuration object that contains all the configuration needed by TDBM.

Depending on the framework you are using (and the integration package you chose), the way the Configuration object is set-up will vary.

Hopefully, if your framework is not supported yet (or if you use no framework), setting up TDBM yourself is quite easy to do.

At minimum, you need a Doctrine database Connection and a Doctrine cache object.

We strongly advise to use the APCuCache from Doctrine that will yield the best performances.

Without using any framework, a working TDBM setup could look like this:

$config = new \Doctrine\DBAL\Configuration();

$connectionParams = array(
    'user' => 'mysql_user',
    'password' => 'mysql_password',
    'host' => 'localhost',
    'driver' => 'pdo_mysql',
    'dbname' => 'my_db',

$dbConnection = Doctrine\DBAL\DriverManager::getConnection($connectionParams, $config);

// The bean and DAO namespace that will be used to generate the beans and DAOs. These namespaces must be autoloadable from Composer.
$beanNamespace = 'MyApp\\Beans';
$daoNamespace = 'MyApp\\Daos';

// The naming strategy used to define the classname of DAOs and beans.
$namingStrategy = new TheCodingMachine\TDBM\Utils\DefaultNamingStrategy();

$cache = new Doctrine\Common\Cache\ApcuCache();

$logger = new Monolog\Logger(); // $logger must be a PSR-3 compliant logger (optional).

// Let's build the configuration object
$configuration = new TheCodingMachine\TDBM\Configuration(
    null,    // An optional SchemaAnalyzer instance
    $logger, // An optional logger
    []       // A list of generator listeners to hook into code generation

// The TDBMService is created using the configuration object.
$tdbmService = new TDBMService($configuration);

Ok, we have our $tdbmService. What's next?

Generating DAOs and beans

You must regenerate DAOs and beans each time your database model changes.

Using PHP code

In order to generate the DAOs and beans, you simply need to call the generateAllDaosAndBeans method:

// Shazam! All PHP files have been written!

Using Symfony console

If your application supports the Symfony console, Mouf comes with a "tdbm:generate" command that will generate those DAOs and beans:

// The command takes in parameter the same Configuration object used by the TDBMService.
$command = new TheCodingMachine\TDBM\Commands\GenerateCommand($configuration);

// $application is your Symfony console object

Instantiating DAOs

You now have one DAO per database table. In order to create a DAO, you simply need pass it the $tdbmService.

$userDao = new UserDao($tdbmService);

$user = $userDao->getById(42);
echo $user->getLogin();

Next step

Let's now learn how to access the database.

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