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RDB
RDB is the ultimate Object Relational Mapper for Node.js and Typescript, offering seamless integration with popular databases like Postgres, MS SQL, MySQL, Sybase SAP, and SQLite. Whether you're building applications in TypeScript or JavaScript (including both CommonJS and ECMAScript), RDB has got you covered.

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Key Features

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Installation

$ npm install rdb

Example

Watch the tutorial video on YouTube

Relations diagram

Here we choose SQLite.

$ npm install sqlite3

📄 map.ts

import rdb from 'rdb';

const map = rdb.map(x => ({
  customer: x.table('customer').map(({ column }) => ({
    id: column('id').numeric().primary().notNullExceptInsert(),
    name: column('name').string(),
    balance: column('balance').numeric(),
    isActive: column('isActive').boolean(),
  })),

  order: x.table('_order').map(({ column }) => ({
    id: column('id').numeric().primary().notNullExceptInsert(),
    orderDate: column('orderDate').date().notNull(),
    customerId: column('customerId').numeric().notNullExceptInsert(),
  })),

  orderLine: x.table('orderLine').map(({ column }) => ({
    id: column('id').numeric().primary(),
    orderId: column('orderId').numeric(),
    product: column('product').string(),
  })),

  deliveryAddress: x.table('deliveryAddress').map(({ column }) => ({
    id: column('id').numeric().primary(),
    orderId: column('orderId').numeric(),
    name: column('name').string(),
    street: column('street').string(),
    postalCode: column('postalCode').string(),
    postalPlace: column('postalPlace').string(),
    countryCode: column('countryCode').string(),
  }))

})).map(x => ({
  order: x.order.map(v => ({
    customer: v.references(x.customer).by('customerId'),
    lines: v.hasMany(x.orderLine).by('orderId'),
    deliveryAddress: v.hasOne(x.deliveryAddress).by('orderId'),
  }))
}));

export default map;

📄 update.ts

import map from './map';
const db = map.sqlite('demo.db');

updateRow();

async function updateRow() {
  const order = await db.order.getById(2, {
    lines: true
  });
  order.lines.push({
    product: 'broomstick'
  });

  await order.saveChanges();
}

📄 filter.ts

import map from './map';
const db = map.sqlite('demo.db');

getRows();

async function getRows() {
  const filter = db.order.lines.any(
    line => line.product.contains('broomstick'))
    .and(db.order.customer.name.startsWith('Harry'));
  
  const orders = await db.order.getMany(filter, {
    lines: true,
    deliveryAddress: true,
    customer: true
  });
  
  console.dir(orders, { depth: Infinity });
}

API

Mapping tables To define a mapping, you employ the map() method, linking your tables and columns to corresponding object properties. You provide a callback function that engages with a parameter representing a database table.

Each column within your database table is designated by using the column() method, in which you specify its name. This action generates a reference to a column object that enables you to articulate further column properties like its data type or if it serves as a primary key.

Relationships between tables can also be outlined. By using methods like hasOne, hasMany, and references, you can establish connections that reflect the relationships in your data schema. In the example below, an 'order' is linked to a 'customer' reference, a 'deliveryAddress', and multiple 'lines'. The hasMany and hasOne relations represents ownership - the tables 'deliveryAddress' and 'orderLine' are owned by the 'order' table, and therefore, they contain the 'orderId' column referring to their parent table, which is 'order'. Conversely, the customer table is independent and can exist without any knowledge of the 'order' table. Therefore we say that the order table references the customer table - necessitating the existence of a 'customerId' column in the 'order' table.

📄 map.ts

import rdb from 'rdb';

const map = rdb.map(x => ({
  customer: x.table('customer').map(({ column }) => ({
    id: column('id').numeric().primary().notNullExceptInsert(),
    name: column('name').string(),
    balance: column('balance').numeric(),
    isActive: column('isActive').boolean(),
  })),

  order: x.table('_order').map(({ column }) => ({
    id: column('id').numeric().primary().notNullExceptInsert(),
    orderDate: column('orderDate').date().notNull(),
    customerId: column('customerId').numeric().notNullExceptInsert(),
  })),

  orderLine: x.table('orderLine').map(({ column }) => ({
    id: column('id').numeric().primary(),
    orderId: column('orderId').numeric(),
    product: column('product').string(),
  })),

  deliveryAddress: x.table('deliveryAddress').map(({ column }) => ({
    id: column('id').numeric().primary(),
    orderId: column('orderId').numeric(),
    name: column('name').string(),
    street: column('street').string(),
    postalCode: column('postalCode').string(),
    postalPlace: column('postalPlace').string(),
    countryCode: column('countryCode').string(),
  }))

})).map(x => ({
  order: x.order.map(({ hasOne, hasMany, references }) => ({
    customer: references(x.customer).by('customerId'),
    deliveryAddress: hasOne(x.deliveryAddress).by('orderId'),
    lines: hasMany(x.orderLine).by('orderId')
  }))
}));

export default map;

The init.ts script resets our SQLite database. It's worth noting that SQLite databases are represented as single files, which makes them wonderfully straightforward to manage.

At the start of the script, we import our database mapping from the map.ts file. This gives us access to the db object, which we'll use to interact with our SQLite database.

Then, we define a SQL string. This string outlines the structure of our SQLite database. It first specifies to drop existing tables named 'deliveryAddress', 'orderLine', '_order', and 'customer' if they exist. This ensures we have a clean slate. Then, it dictates how to create these tables anew with the necessary columns and constraints.

Because of a peculiarity in SQLite, which only allows one statement execution at a time, we split this SQL string into separate statements. We do this using the split() method, which breaks up the string at every semicolon.

📄 init.ts

import map from './map';
const db = map.sqlite('demo.db');

const sql = `DROP TABLE IF EXISTS deliveryAddress; DROP TABLE IF EXISTS orderLine; DROP TABLE IF EXISTS _order; DROP TABLE IF EXISTS customer;
CREATE TABLE customer (
    id INTEGER PRIMARY KEY,
    name TEXT,
    balance NUMERIC,
    isActive INTEGER
);

CREATE TABLE _order (
    id INTEGER PRIMARY KEY,
    orderDate TEXT,
    customerId INTEGER REFERENCES customer
);

CREATE TABLE orderLine (
    id INTEGER PRIMARY KEY,
    orderId INTEGER REFERENCES _order,
    product TEXT
);

CREATE TABLE deliveryAddress (
    id INTEGER PRIMARY KEY,
    orderId INTEGER REFERENCES _order,
    name TEXT, 
    street TEXT,
    postalCode TEXT,
    postalPlace TEXT,
    countryCode TEXT
)
`;


async function init() {
  const statements = sql.split(';');
  for (let i = 0; i < statements.length; i++) {
    await db.query(statements[i]);
  }
}
export default init;

In SQLite, columns with the INTEGER PRIMARY KEY attribute are designed to autoincrement by default. This means that each time a new record is inserted into the table, SQLite automatically produces a numeric key for the id column that is one greater than the largest existing key. This mechanism is particularly handy when you want to create unique identifiers for your table rows without manually entering each id.

Connecting

SQLite

$ npm install sqlite3
import map from './map';
const db = map.sqlite('demo.db');

With connection pool

$ npm install sqlite3
import map from './map';
const db = map.sqlite('demo.db', { size: 10 });

From the browser
You can securely use RDB from the browser by utilizing the Express plugin, which serves to safeguard sensitive database credentials from exposure at the client level. This technique bypasses the need to transmit raw SQL queries directly from the client to the server. Instead, it logs method calls initiated by the client, which are later replayed and authenticated on the server. This not only reinforces security by preventing the disclosure of raw SQL queries on the client side but also facilitates a smoother operation. Essentially, this method mirrors a traditional REST API, augmented with advanced TypeScript tooling for enhanced functionality. You can read more about it in the section called In the browser
📄 server.ts

import map from './map';
import { json } from 'body-parser';
import express from 'express';
import cors from 'cors';

const db = map.sqlite('demo.db');

express().disable('x-powered-by')
  .use(json({ limit: '100mb' }))
  .use(cors())
  //for demonstrational purposes, authentication middleware is not shown here.
  .use('/rdb', db.express())
  .listen(3000, () => console.log('Example app listening on port 3000!'));

📄 browser.ts

import map from './map';

const db = map.http('http://localhost:3000/rdb');

MySQL

$ npm install mysql2
import map from './map';
const db = map.mysql('mysql://test:test@mysql/test');

MS SQL

$ npm install tedious
import map from './map';
const db = map.mssql({
          server: 'mssql',
          options: {
            encrypt: false,
            database: 'test'
          },
          authentication: {
            type: 'default',
            options: {
              userName: 'sa',
              password: 'P@assword123',
            }
          }
        });

PostgreSQL

$ npm install pg
import map from './map';
const db = map.pg('postgres://postgres:postgres@postgres/postgres');

SAP Adaptive Server

$ npm install msnodesqlv8
import { fileURLToPath } from 'url';
import { dirname } from 'path';
import map from './map';

const __filename = fileURLToPath(import.meta.url);
const __dirname = dirname(__filename);
//download odbc driver from sap web pages
const db = map.pg(`Driver=${__dirname}/libsybdrvodb.so;SERVER=sapase;Port=5000;UID=sa;PWD=sybase;DATABASE=test`);

Inserting rows

In the code below, we initially import the table-mapping feature "map.ts" and the setup script "init.ts", both of which were defined in the preceding step. The setup script executes a raw query that creates the necessary tables. Subsequently, we insert two customers, named "George" and "Harry", into the customer table, and this is achieved through calling "db.customer.insert".

Next, we insert an array of two orders in the order table. Each order contains an orderDate, customer information, deliveryAddress, and lines for the order items. We use the customer constants "george" and "harry" from previous inserts. Observe that we don't pass in any primary keys. This is because all tables here have autoincremental keys. The second argument to "db.order.insert" specifies a fetching strategy. This fetching strategy plays a critical role in determining the depth of the data retrieved from the database after insertion. The fetching strategy specifies which associated data should be retrieved and included in the resulting orders object. In this case, the fetching strategy instructs the database to retrieve the customer, deliveryAddress, and lines for each order.

Without a fetching strategy, "db.order.insert" would only return the root level of each order. In that case you would only get the id, orderDate, and customerId for each order.

import map from './map';
const db = map.sqlite('demo.db');
import init from './init';

insertRows();

async function insertRows() {
  await init();

  const george = await db.customer.insert({
    name: 'George',
    balance: 177,
    isActive: true
  });

  const harry = await db.customer.insert({
    name: 'Harry',
    balance: 200,
    isActive: true
  });

  const orders = await db.order.insert([
    {
      orderDate: new Date(2022, 0, 11, 9, 24, 47),
      customer: george,
      deliveryAddress: {
        name: 'George',
        street: 'Node street 1',
        postalCode: '7059',
        postalPlace: 'Jakobsli',
        countryCode: 'NO'
      },
      lines: [
        { product: 'Bicycle' },
        { product: 'Small guitar' }
      ]
    },
    {
      customer: harry,
      orderDate: new Date(2021, 0, 11, 12, 22, 45),
      deliveryAddress: {
        name: 'Harry Potter',
        street: '4 Privet Drive, Little Whinging',
        postalCode: 'GU4',
        postalPlace: 'Surrey',
        countryCode: 'UK'
      },
      lines: [
        { product: 'Magic wand' }
      ]
    }
  ], {customer: true, deliveryAddress: true, lines: true}); //fetching strategy
  console.dir(orders, {depth: Infinity});
}

Conflict resolution
By default, the strategy for inserting rows is set to an optimistic approach. In this case, if a row is being inserted with an already existing primary key, the database raises an exception.

Currently, there are three concurrency strategies:

The concurrency option can be set either globally a table or individually for each column. In the example below, we've set the concurrency strategy on vendor table to overwrite except for the column balance which uses the skipOnConflict strategy. In this particular case, a row with id: 1 already exists, the name and isActive fields will be overwritten, but the balance will remain the same as in the original record, demonstrating the effectiveness of combining multiple concurrency strategies.

import map from './map';
const db = map.sqlite('demo.db');

insertRows();

async function insertRows() {

  db2 = db({
    vendor: {
      balance: {
        concurrency: 'skipOnConflict'
      },
      concurrency: 'overwrite'
    }
  });

  await db2.vendor.insert({
    id: 1,
    name: 'John',
    balance: 100,
    isActive: true
  });

  //this will overwrite all fields but balance
  const george = await db2.vendor.insert({
    id: 1,
    name: 'George',
    balance: 177,
    isActive: false
  });
  console.dir(george, {depth: Infinity});
  // {
  //   id: 1,
  //   name: 'George',
  //   balance: 100,
  //   isActive: false
  // }
}
Fetching rows

RDB has a rich querying model. As you navigate through, you'll learn about the various methods available to retrieve data from your tables, whether you want to fetch all rows, many rows with specific criteria, or a single row based on a primary key.

The fetching strategy in RDB is optional, and its use is influenced by your specific needs. You can define the fetching strategy either on the table level or the column level. This granularity gives you the freedom to decide how much related data you want to pull along with your primary request.

All rows

import map from './map';
const db = map.sqlite('demo.db');

getRows();

async function getRows() {
  const orders = await db.order.getAll({
    customer: true, 
    deliveryAddress: true, 
    lines: true
  });
  console.dir(orders, {depth: Infinity});
}

Limit, offset and order by
This script demonstrates how to fetch orders with customer, lines and deliveryAddress, limiting the results to 10, skipping the first row, and sorting the data based on the orderDate in descending order followed by id. The lines are sorted by product.

import map from './map';
const db = map.sqlite('demo.db');

getRows();

async function getRows() {
  const orders = await db.order.getAll({
    offset: 1,
    orderBy: ['orderDate desc', 'id'],
    limit: 10,
    customer: true, 
    deliveryAddress: true, 
    lines: {
      orderBy: 'product'
    },
  });
  console.dir(orders, {depth: Infinity});
}

Many rows filtered

import map from './map';
const db = map.sqlite('demo.db');

getRows();

async function getRows() {
  const filter = db.order.lines.any(line => line.product.contains('i'))
                 .and(db.order.customer.balance.greaterThan(180));
  const orders = await db.order.getMany(filter, {
    customer: true, 
    deliveryAddress: true, 
    lines: true
  });
  console.dir(orders, {depth: Infinity});
}

Single row filtered

import map from './map';
const db = map.sqlite('demo.db');

getRows();

async function getRows() {
  const filter = db.order.customer(customer => customer.isActive.eq(true)
                 .and(customer.startsWith('Harr')));
                 //equivalent, but creates slighly different sql:
                 // const filter = db.order.customer.isActive.eq(true).and(db.order.customer.startsWith('Harr'));
  const order = await db.order.getOne(filter, {
    customer: true, 
    deliveryAddress: true, 
    lines: true
  });
  console.dir(order, {depth: Infinity});
}

Single row by primary key

import map from './map';
const db = map.sqlite('demo.db');

getRows();

async function getRows() {
  const order = await db.order.getById(1, {
    customer: true, 
    deliveryAddress: true, 
    lines: true
  });
  console.dir(order, {depth: Infinity});
}

Many rows by primary key

import map from './map';
const db = map.sqlite('demo.db');

getRows();

async function getRows() {
  const orders = await db.order.getMany([
      {id: 1},
      {id: 2}
    ], 
    {
      customer: true, 
      deliveryAddress: true, 
      lines: true
  });
  console.dir(orders, {depth: Infinity});
}
Updating rows

To update rows, modify the property values and invoke the method saveChanges(). The function updates only the modified columns, not the entire row. Rows in child relations can also be updated as long as the parent order owns the child tables. In our illustration, the order table owns both the deliveryAddress and the lines tables because they're part of a hasOne/hasMany relationship. Contrastingly, the customer is part of a reference relationship and thus can't be updated here. But you can detach the reference to the customer by assigning it to null or undefined. (Setting order.customerId to null or undefined achieves the same result.)

Updating a single row

import map from './map';
const db = map.sqlite('demo.db');

update();

async function update() {
  const order = await db.order.getById(1, {
    customer: true, 
    deliveryAddress: true, 
    lines: true
  });

  order.orderDate = new Date();
  order.deliveryAddress = null;
  order.lines.push({product: 'Cloak of invisibility'});

  await order.saveChanges();
  console.dir(order, {depth: Infinity});
}

Updating many rows

import map from './map';
const db = map.sqlite('demo.db');

update();

async function update() {
  let orders = await db.order.getAll({
    orderBy: 'id',
    lines: true, 
    deliveryAddress: true, 
    customer: true
  });

  orders[0].orderDate = new Date();
  orders[0].deliveryAddress.street = 'Node street 2';
  orders[0].lines[1].product = 'Big guitar';

  orders[1].orderDate = '2023-07-14T12:00:00'; //iso-string is allowed
  orders[1].deliveryAddress = null;
  orders[1].customer = null;
  orders[1].lines.push({product: 'Cloak of invisibility'});

  await orders.saveChanges();
  console.dir(orders, {depth: Infinity});
}

Conflict resolution
Rows get updated using an optimistic concurrency approach by default. This means if a property being edited was meanwhile altered, an exception is raised, indicating the row was modified by a different user. You can change the concurrency strategy either at the table or column level.

Currently, there are three concurrency strategies:

In the example below, we've set the concurrency strategy for orderDate to 'overwrite'. This implies that if other users modify orderDate while you're making changes, their updates will be overwritten.

import map from './map';
const db = map.sqlite('demo.db');

update();

async function update() {
  const order = await db.order.getById(1, {
    customer: true, 
    deliveryAddress: true, 
    lines: true
  });

  order.orderDate = new Date();
  order.deliveryAddress = null;
  order.lines.push({product: 'Cloak of invisibility'});

  await order.saveChanges( {
    orderDate: {
      concurrency: 'overwrite'
  }});
  console.dir(order, {depth: Infinity});
}
Deleting rows Rows in owner tables cascade deletes to their child tables. In essence, if a table has ownership over other tables through hasOne and hasMany relationships, removing a record from the parent table also removes its corresponding records in its child tables. This approach safeguards against leaving orphaned records and upholds data integrity. On the contrary, tables that are merely referenced, through reference relationships , remain unaffected upon deletions. For a deeper dive into these relationships and behaviors, refer to the section on Mapping tables.

Deleting a single row

import map from './map';
const db = map.sqlite('demo.db');

deleteRow();

async function deleteRow() {    
  const order = await db.order.getById(1);

  await order.delete();
  //will also delete deliveryAddress and lines
  //but not customer
}

Deleting many rows

import map from './map';
const db = map.sqlite('demo.db');

deleteRows();

async function deleteRows() {
  const filter = db.order.customer.name.eq('George');
  let orders = await db.order.getMany(filter);

  await orders.delete();
}

Deleting with concurrency
Concurrent operations can lead to conflicts. When you still want to proceed with the deletion regardless of potential interim changes, the 'overwrite' concurrency strategy can be used. This example demonstrates deleting rows even if the "delivery address" has been modified in the meantime. You can read more about concurrency strategies in Updating rows.

import map from './map';
const db = map.sqlite('demo.db');

deleteRows();

async function deleteRows() {
  const filter = db.order.deliveryAddress.name.eq('George');
  let orders = await db.order.getMany(filter, {
    customer: true, 
    deliveryAddress: true, 
    lines: true
  });

  await orders.delete({
    deliveryAddress: {
      concurrency: 'overwrite'
    }
  });
}

Batch delete

When removing a large number of records based on a certain condition, batch deletion can be efficient.

However, it's worth noting that batch deletes don't follow the cascade delete behavior by default. To achieve cascading in batch deletes, you must explicitly call the deleteCascade method.

import map from './map';
const db = map.sqlite('demo.db');

deleteRows();

async function deleteRows() {
  const filter = db.order.deliveryAddress.name.eq('George');
  await db.order.delete(filter);
}

Batch delete cascade

When deleting records, sometimes associated data in related tables also needs to be removed. This cascade delete helps maintain database integrity.

import map from './map';
const db = map.sqlite('demo.db');

deleteRows();

async function deleteRows() {
  const filter = db.order.deliveryAddress.name.eq('George');
  await db.order.deleteCascade(filter);
}

Batch delete by primary key

For efficiency, you can also delete records directly if you know their primary keys.

import map from './map';
const db = map.sqlite('demo.db');

deleteRows();

async function deleteRows() {
  db.customer.delete([{id: 1}, {id: 2}]);
}
In the browser You can use RDB in the browser by using the adapter for Express. Instead of sending raw SQL queries from the client to the server, this approach records the method calls in the client. These method calls are then replayed at the server, ensuring a higher level of security by not exposing raw SQL on the client side. Raw sql queries, raw sql filters and transactions are disabled at the http client due to security reasons. If you would like RDB to support other web frameworks, like nestJs, fastify, etc, please let me know.

📄 server.ts

import map from './map';
import { json } from 'body-parser';
import express from 'express';
import cors from 'cors';

const db = map.sqlite('demo.db');

express().disable('x-powered-by')
  .use(json({ limit: '100mb' }))
  .use(cors())
  //for demonstrational purposes, authentication middleware is not shown here.
  .use('/rdb', db.express())
  .listen(3000, () => console.log('Example app listening on port 3000!'));

📄 browser.ts

import map from './map';

const db = map.http('http://localhost:3000/rdb');

updateRows();

async function updateRows() {
  const filter = db.order.lines.any(
    line => line.product.startsWith('Magic wand'))
    .and(db.order.customer.name.startsWith('Harry')
  );

  const order = await db.order.getOne(filter, {
    lines: true
  });
  
  order.lines.push({
    product: 'broomstick'
  });

  await order.saveChanges();
}

Interceptors and base filter

In the next setup, axios interceptors are employed on the client side to add an Authorization header of requests. Meanwhile, on the server side, an Express middleware (validateToken) is utilized to ensure the presence of the Authorization header, while a base filter is applied on the order table to filter incoming requests based on the customerId extracted from this header. This combined approach enhances security by ensuring that users can only access data relevant to their authorization level and that every request is accompanied by a token. In real-world applications, it's advisable to use a more comprehensive token system and expand error handling to manage a wider range of potential issues.
One notable side effect compared to the previous example, is that only the order table is exposed for interaction, while all other potential tables in the database remain shielded from direct client access (except for related tables). If you want to expose a table without a baseFilter, just set the tableName to an empty object.

📄 server.ts

import map from './map';
import { json } from 'body-parser';
import express from 'express';
import cors from 'cors';

const db = map.sqlite('demo.db');

express().disable('x-powered-by')
  .use(json({ limit: '100mb' }))
  .use(cors())
  .use('/rdb', validateToken)
  .use('/rdb', db.express({
    order: {
      baseFilter: (db, req, _res) => {
        const customerId = Number.parseInt(req.headers.authorization.split(' ')[1]); //Bearer 2
        return db.order.customerId.eq(Number.parseInt(customerId));
      }
    }
  }))
  .listen(3000, () => console.log('Example app listening on port 3000!'));

function validateToken(req, res, next) {
  // For demo purposes, we're just checking against existence of authorization header
  // In a real-world scenario, this would be a dangerous approach because it bypasses signature validation
  const authHeader = req.headers.authorization;
  if (authHeader)
    return next();
  else
    return res.status(401).json({ error: 'Authorization header missing' });
}

📄 browser.ts

import map from './map';

const db = map.http('http://localhost:3000/rdb');

updateRows();

async function updateRows() {
  
  db.interceptors.request.use((config) => {
    // For demo purposes, we're just adding hardcoded token
    // In a real-world scenario, use a proper JSON web token
    config.headers.Authorization = 'Bearer 2' //customerId
    return config;
  });

  db.interceptors.response.use(
    response => response, 
    (error) => {
      if (error.response && error.response.status === 401) {
        console.dir('Unauthorized, dispatch a login action');
        //redirectToLogin();
      }
      return Promise.reject(error);
    }
  );

  const filter = db.order.lines.any(
    line => line.product.startsWith('Magic wand'))
    .and(db.order.customer.name.startsWith('Harry')
  );

  const order = await db.order.getOne(filter, {
    lines: true
  });
  
  order.lines.push({
    product: 'broomstick'
  });

  await order.saveChanges();

}

Transactions We initiate a database transaction using db.transaction. Within the transaction, a customer is retrieved and its balance updated using the tx object to ensure operations are transactional. An error is deliberately thrown to demonstrate a rollback, ensuring all previous changes within the transaction are reverted. Always use the provided tx object for operations within the transaction to maintain data integrity.
import map from './map';
const db = map.sqlite('demo.db');

execute();

async function execute() {
  await db.transaction(async tx => {
    const customer = await tx.customer.getById(1);
      customer.balance = 100;
      await customer.saveChanges();
      throw new Error('This will rollback');
  });
}

Data types RDB is database agnostic - meaning it can work with multiple database systems without being specifically tied to any one of them. When the ORM behaves consistently across various databases, developers don't need to remember specific quirks or differences when switching between databases. They can rely on the ORM to provide the same mapping behavior, which reduces the cognitive load and potential for errors. There are currently 8 column types in RDB:

📄 map.ts

import rdb from 'rdb';

interface Pet {
    name: string;
    kind: string;
}

const map = rdb.map(x => ({
    demo: x.table('demo').map(x => ({
      id: x.column('id').uuid().primary().notNull(),
      name: x.column('name').string(),
      balance: x.column('balance').numeric(),
      regularDate: x.column('regularDate').date(),
      tzDate: x.column('tzDate').dateWithTimeZone(),
      picture: x.column('picture').binary(),
      pet: x.column('pet').jsonOf<Pet>(), //generic
      pet2: x.column('pet2').json(), //non-generic
  }))
}));

📄 map.js

import rdb from 'rdb';

/**
 * @typedef {Object} Pet
 * @property {string} name - The name of the pet.
 * @property {string} kind - The kind of pet
 */

/** @type {Pet} */
let pet;

const map = rdb.map(x => ({
    demo: x.table('demo').map(x => ({
      id: x.column('id').uuid().primary().notNull(),
      name: x.column('name').string(),
      balance: x.column('balance').numeric(),
      regularDate: x.column('regularDate').date(),
      tzDate: x.column('tzDate').dateWithTimeZone(),
      picture: x.column('picture').binary(),
      pet: x.column('pet').jsonOf(pet), //generic
      pet2: x.column('pet2').json(), //non-generic
  }))
}));
Default values Utilizing default values can be especially useful for automatically populating these fields when the underlying database doesn't offer native support for default value generation.

In the provided code, the id column's default value is set to a UUID generated by crypto.randomUUID(), and the isActive column's default is set to true.

import rdb from 'rdb';
import crypto 'crypto';

const map = rdb.map(x => ({
  myTable: x.table('myTable').map(({ column }) => ({
    id: column('id').uuid().primary().default(() => crypto.randomUUID()),
    name: column('name').string(),
    balance: column('balance').numeric(),
    isActive: column('isActive').boolean().default(true),
  }))
}));

export default map;
Validation In the previous sections you have already seen the notNull() validator being used on some columns. This will not only generate correct typescript mapping, but also throw an error if value is set to null or undefined. However, sometimes we do not want the notNull-validator to be run on inserts. Typically, when we have an autoincremental key or server generated uuid, it does not make sense to check for null on insert. This is where notNullExceptInsert() comes to rescue. You can also create your own custom validator as shown below. The last kind of validator, is the ajv JSON schema validator. This can be used on json columns as well as any other column type.

📄 map.ts

import rdb from 'rdb';

interface Pet {
    name: string;
    kind: string;
}

let petSchema = {
    "properties": {
        "name": { "type": "string" },
        "kind": { "type": "string" }
    }
};

function validateName(value) {
	if (value && value.length > 10)
		throw new Error('Length cannot exceed 10 characters');
}

const map = rdb.map(x => ({
    demo: x.table('demo').map(x => ({
      id: x.column('id').uuid().primary().notNullExceptInsert(),
      name: x.column('name').string().validate(validateName),
      pet: x.column('pet').jsonOf<Pet>().JSONSchema(petSchema)
  }))
}));

export default map;

📄 map.js

import rdb from 'rdb';

/**
 * @typedef {Object} Pet
 * @property {string} name - The name of the pet.
 * @property {string} kind - The kind of pet
 */

/** @type {Pet} */
let pet;

let petSchema = {
    "properties": {
        "name": { "type": "string" },
        "kind": { "type": "string" }
    }
};

function validateName(name?: string) {
	if (value && value.length > 10)
		throw new Error('Length cannot exceed 10 characters');
}

const map = rdb.map(x => ({
    demo: x.table('demo').map(x => ({
      id: x.column('id').uuid().primary().notNullExceptInsert(),
      name: x.column('name').string().validate(validateName),
      pet: x.column('pet').jsonOf(pet).JSONSchema(petSchema)
  }))
}));

export default map;
Column discriminators Column discriminators are used to distinguish between different types of data in the same table. Think of them as labels that identify whether a record is one category or another. In the example, the client_type column serves as the discriminator that labels records as customer or vendor in the 'client' table. On inserts, the column will automatically be given the correct discriminator value. Similarly, when fetching and deleting, the discrimiminator will be added to the WHERE clause.
import rdb from 'rdb';

const map = rdb.map(x => ({
  customer: x.table('client').map(({ column }) => ({
    id: column('id').numeric().primary(),
    name: column('name').string()
  })).columnDiscriminators(`client_type='customer'`),

  vendor: x.table('client').map(({ column }) => ({
    id: column('id').numeric().primary(),
    name: column('name').string()
  })).columnDiscriminators(`client_type='vendor'`),
}));

export default map;
Formula discriminators Formula discriminators are used to distinguish between different types of data in the same table. They differ from column discriminators by using a logical expression rather than a static value in a column.

In the example below, the formula discriminator categorize bookings into customerBooking and internalBooking within the same booking table. The categorization is based on the value of the booking_no column. For customerBooking, records are identified where the booking number falls within the range of 10000 to 99999. For internalBooking, the range is between 1000 to 9999. These conditions are utilized during fetch and delete operations to ensure that the program interacts with the appropriate subset of records according to their booking number. Unlike column discriminators, formula discriminators are not used during insert operations since they rely on existing data to evaluate the condition.

The '@this' acts as a placeholder within the formula. When RDB constructs a query, it replaces '@this' with the appropriate alias for the table being queried. This replacement is crucial to avoid ambiguity, especially when dealing with joins with ambigious column names.

import rdb from 'rdb';


const map = rdb.map(x => ({
  customerBooking: x.table('booking').map(({ column }) => ({
    id: column('id').uuid().primary(),
    bookingNo: column('booking_no').numeric()
  })).formulaDiscriminators('@this.booking_no between 10000 and 99999'),

  internalBooking: x.table('booking').map(({ column }) => ({
    id: column('id').uuid().primary(),
    bookingNo: column('booking_no').numeric()
  })).formulaDiscriminators('@this.booking_no between 1000 and 9999'),
}));

export default map;
Raw sql filters This illustrates the implementation of raw SQL filters, for querying customer data. You can use the raw SQL filter alone or in combination with a regular filter. Here the raw filter queries for customer with name ending with "arry". The composite filter combines the raw SQL filter and a regular filter that checks for a customer balance greater than 100. It is important to note that due to security precautions aimed at preventing SQL injection attacks, using raw SQL filters directly via browser inputs is not allowed. Attempting to do so will result in an HTTP status 403 (Forbidden) being returned.
import map from './map';
const db = map.sqlite('demo.db');

getRows();

async function getRows() {
  const rawFilter = {
    sql: 'name like ?',
    parameters: ['%arry']
  };
                 
  const rowsWithRawFilter = await db.customer.getOne(rawFilter);
  
  const combinedFilter = db.customer.balance.greaterThan(100).and(rawFilter);
  const rowsWithCombinedFilter = await db.customer.getOne(combinedFilter);  
}
Raw sql queries You can employ raw SQL queries directly to fetch rows from the database, bypassing the ORM (Object-Relational Mapper). It is important to note that due to security precautions aimed at preventing SQL injection attacks, using raw SQL filters directly via browser inputs is not allowed. Attempting to do so will result in an HTTP status 403 (Forbidden) being returned.
import map from './map';
const db = map.sqlite('demo.db');

getRows();

async function getRows() {
  const query = {
    sql: 'select * from customer where name like ?',
    parameters: ['%arry']
  };
                 
  const rows = await db.query(query)   
}
Aggregate functions Currently there is only the count aggregate available.
import map from './map';
const db = map.sqlite('demo.db');

getCount();

async function getCount() {
  const filter = db.order.lines.any(
    line => line.product.contains('broomstick')
  );
  const count = await db.order.count(filter);
  console.log(count); //2
}
Excluding sensitive data

To secure your application by preventing sensitive data from being serialized and possibly leaked, you can use the serializable(false) attribute on certain fields within your database schema. Here, the serializable(false) attribute has been applied to the balance column, indicating that this field will not be serialized when a record is converted to a JSON string.

📄 map.ts

import rdb from 'rdb';

const map = rdb.map(x => ({
  customer: x.table('customer').map(({ column }) => ({
    id: column('id').numeric().primary().notNullExceptInsert(),
    name: column('name').string(),
    balance: column('balance').numeric().serializable(false),
    isActive: column('isActive').boolean(),
  }))
}));

export default map;

📄 sensitive.ts

import map from './map';
const db = map.sqlite('demo.db');

getRows();

async function getRows() {

  const george = await db.customer.insert({
    name: 'George',
    balance: 177,
    isActive: true
  });
  
  console.dir(JSON.stringify(george), {depth: Infinity});
  //note that balance is excluded:
  //'{"id":1,"name":"George","isActive":true}'
}
Logging You enable logging by listening to the query event on the rdb object. During this event, both the SQL statement and any associated parameters are logged. The logged output reveals the sequence of SQL commands executed, offering developers a transparent view into database operations, which aids in debugging and ensures data integrity.
import rdb from 'rdb';
import map from './map';
const db = map.sqlite('demo.db');

rdb.on('query', (e) => {
  console.log(e.sql);
  if (e.parameters.length > 0)
    console.log(e.parameters);
});

updateRow();

async function updateRow() {
  const order = await db.order.getById(2, {
    lines: true
  });
  order.lines.push({
    product: 'broomstick'
  });

  await order.saveChanges();
}

output:

BEGIN
select  _order.id as s_order0,_order.orderDate as s_order1,_order.customerId as s_order2 from _order _order where _order.id=2 order by _order.id limit 1
select  orderLine.id as sorderLine0,orderLine.orderId as sorderLine1,orderLine.product as sorderLine2 from orderLine orderLine where orderLine.orderId in (2) order by orderLine.id
COMMIT
BEGIN
select  _order.id as s_order0,_order.orderDate as s_order1,_order.customerId as s_order2 from _order _order where _order.id=2 order by _order.id limit 1
INSERT INTO orderLine (orderId,product) VALUES (2,?)
[ 'broomstick' ]
SELECT id,orderId,product FROM orderLine WHERE rowid IN (select last_insert_rowid())
select  orderLine.id as sorderLine0,orderLine.orderId as sorderLine1,orderLine.product as sorderLine2 from orderLine orderLine where orderLine.orderId in (2) order by orderLine.id
COMMIT
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