[CDBI] Re: Many-to-Many - why no CDBI::Relationship?

Ryan Tate lists at ryantate.com
Wed Aug 23 00:41:47 BST 2006

On 8/21/06, Edward J. Sabol <sabol at alderaan.gsfc.nasa.gov> wrote:
> I've always been happy enough with the standard method for
> defining many-to-many relationships in Class::DBI,

I'm curious if you have any sense how this performs this under load. I
want to go beyond CDBI's native many-to-many support because it
requires an extra db query for each and every associated item you want
to flesh out, as oppposed to one query for all items. But maybe these
simple SQL queries aren't much of a load?

In my own benchmarks with my particular rdbms (the usual one, say what
you will of it), a join always wins out over many simple connects. In
fact, number of db connects seems to govern performance to the total
exclusion of query complexity, even though every join "way" multiplies
the number of records the rdbms has to sift through (table1recordCount
* table2recordCouunt * table3recordCount).

But I have not exposed any of my CDBI stuff to trafficked sites yet,
so my benchmarks are sort of in a vaccum.

> Aaron Trevena created the HasManyOrdered Relationship which claims to support
> many-to-many relationships.

Thanks for this. The POD, which I read previously, doesn't really play
up the many-to-many support or make it super clear that it is more
efficient than vanilla CDBI at this, but I looked in the source and
his join code looks almost exactly like what I just wrote for myself!
That'll teach me to dig deeper on CPAN next time.

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