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Working with Simple Associations using CakePHP

by Ahsanul Bari Anupom Syam | December 2008 | MySQL Open Source PHP

Database relationship is hard to maintain even for a mid-sized PHP/MySQL application, particularly, when multiple levels of relationships are involved because complicated SQL queries are needed. CakePHP offers a simple yet powerful feature called 'object relational mapping' or ORM to handle database relationships with ease.In CakePHP, relations between the database tables are defined through association—a way to represent the database table relationship inside CakePHP. Once the associations are defined in models according to the table relationships, we are ready to use its wonderful functionalities. Using CakePHP's ORM, we can save, retrieve, and delete related data into and from different database tables with simplicity, in a better way—no need to write complex SQL queries with multiple JOINs anymore!
In this article by Ahsanul Bari and Anupom Syam, we will have a deep look at various types of associations and their uses. In particular, the purpose of this article is to learn:

  • How to figure out association types from database table relations
  • How to define different types of associations in CakePHP models
  • How to utilize the association for fetching related model data
  • How to relate associated data while saving
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Python Data Persistence using MySQL Part III: Building Python Data Structures Upon the Underlying Database Data

by Yuli Vasiliev | December 2008 | Open Source

This article, the third one in the Python Data Persistence using MySQL series by Yuli Vasiliev, discusses how you can implement Python data structures representing data structures stored in the underlying database and then manipulate those data structures on the Python side.

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Python Data Persistence using MySQL

by Yuli Vasiliev | December 2008 | Open Source

Among other merits, Python is an ideal language for writing server-side scripts, allowing you to integrate interactive behavior with HTML. Persisting dynamic content to an underlying database is fairly straightforward. By installing an appropriate Python DB module, you get the ability to interact with the database of choice from within Python code, moving your application data in and out of the underlying persistent store.

This article by Yuli Vasiliev will walk you through the process of building a simple Python application that interacts with a MySQL database. In a nutshell, the application picks up some live data from a web site and then persists it to an underlying MySQL database.

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Manual, Generic, and Ordered Tests using Visual Studio 2008

by N Satheesh Kumar Subashni. S | December 2008 | .NET

It is not always possible to conduct the automated tests. There are situations where we may need the manual tests. Manual testing is a document or a text file, which contains a set of steps for the tester to follow. Manual testing can be conducted in between automated tests or anywhere between a series of different tests. For example, after some sets of automated tests, we may have to check log files or configuration information or settings based on the tests executed to continue with the remaining automated tests. We can group all these tests together, order them, and create an ordered test to execute the tests in an order.

In some cases, we may need to execute the tests that are not created by using Visual Studio but required for this current application. In that case, we go for the generic test, which acts as a wrapper for the tests written by some third-party tool and executes that test inside Visual Studio IDE. Once it is wrapped, it is executed normally like any other test inside Visual Studio.

This article by Subashni.S and N Satheesh Kumar talks about the manual, generic, and ordered test types in detail. We will go through the steps to create and manage these tests types in VSTS.

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Adding Newsletters to a Web Site Using Drupal 6

by Mark Noble | December 2008 | MySQL PHP Web Development

In this article by Mark Noble, we will introduce our imaginary client, the Good Eatin' Bistro, and discuss their plans to build a newsletter for their web site. We will add some new features which will allow Chef Wanyama, who is the owner of the Good Eatin' Bistro, a popular upscale restaurant, to keep his customers informed of current events at Good Eatin' restaurant. We will provide a new means of communication. The feature which is covered in this article is a quarterly newsletter that customers can subscribe to. The newsletter will contain valuable information from Chef Wanyama including coupons, news, recipes, and more.

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