Basic Functionality

Before starting with the ORM, it is highly recommended to familiar one's self with package:angel_serialize, as it is the foundation for package:angel_orm:

https://github.com/angel-dart/serialize

To enable the ORM for a given model, simply add the @orm annotation to its definition:

abstract class _Todo {
bool get isComplete;
String get text;
(type: ColumnType.long)
int get score;
}

The generator will produce a TodoQuery class, which contains fields corresponding to each field declared in _Todo. Each of TodoQuery's fields is a subclass of SqlExpressionBuilder, corresponding to the given type. For example, TodoQuery would look something like:

class TodoQuery extends Query<Todo, TodoQueryWhere> {
BooleanSqlExpressionBuilder get isComplete;
StringSqlExpressionBuilder get text;
NumericSqlExpressionBuilder<int> get score;
}

Thus, you can query the database using plain-old-Dart-objects (PODO's):

Future<List<Todo>> leftToDo(QueryExecutor executor) async {
var query = TodoQuery()..where.isComplete.isFalse;
return await query.get(executor);
}
Future<void> markAsComplete(Todo todo, QueryExecutor executor) async {
var query = TodoQuery()
..where.id.equals(todo.idAsInt)
..values.isComplete = true;
await query.updateOne(executor);
}

The glue holding everything together is the QueryExecutor interface. To support the ORM for any arbitrary database, simply extend the class and implement its abstract methods.

Consumers of a QueryExecutor typically inject it into the app's dependency injection container:

app.container.registerSingleton<QueryExecutor>(PostgresExecutor(...));

At the time of this writing, there is only support for PostgreSQL, though more databases may be added eventually.