Joomla provides a sopisticated database abstraction layer to simplify the usage for 3PD. This guide should help you using this layer.
Joomla is build to be able to use several different kinds of SQL-database-systems and to run in a variety of environments with different table-prefixes. In addition to these functions, the class automatically creates the database connection. Besides instantiating the object, you only need 2 lines of code to get a result from the database and that in a variety of formats. Using the Joomla database layer ensures a maximum of compatibility and flexibility for your extension.
// Get a database object $db =& JFactory::getDBO(); $query = "SELECT * FROM #__example_table WHERE id = 999999;"; $db->setQuery($query);
First we instantiate the database object, then we prepare the query. You can use the normal SQL-syntax, the only thing you have to change is the table-prefix. To make this as flexible as possible, Joomla uses a placeholder for the prefix, the “#__”. In the next step, the $db->setQuery(), this string is replaced with the correct prefix.
Now, if we don't want to get information from the database, but insert a row into it, we need one more function. Every string-value in the SQL-syntax has to be quoted using backticks for names and singel quotes for values. Joomla has some functions to do this and we can pass the names to the function $db->nameQuote($name) and the values to the function $db->Quote($value). A fully quoted query example is:
$query = " SELECT * FROM ".$db->nameQuote('#__example_table')." WHERE ".$db->nameQuote('id')." = ".$db->quote('999999')."; ";
Whatever we want to do, we have to set the query with the $db->setQuery() function. Although you could write the query directly as a parameter for $db->setQuery(), it's commonly done by first saving it in a variable, normally $query, and then handing this variable over. This helps writing clean, readable code.
To execute the query, Joomla provides several functions, which differ in their return value.
The database class contains many methods for working with a query's result set.
We had a few people lately using sub-queries like these:
SELECT * FROM #__example WHERE id IN (SELECT * FROM #__example2);
These kind of queries are only possible in MySQL 4.1 and above. Another way to achieve this, is splitting the query into two:
$query = "SELECT * FROM #__example2"; $database->setQuery($query); $query = "SELECT * FROM #__example WHERE id IN (". implode(",", $database->loadArray()) .")";