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From Aristedes Maniatis <>
Subject Re: Mapping fake FKs as relationships?
Date Sun, 10 Jan 2010 22:21:19 GMT
Having actually done this the first way Andrus mentions, my advice is to do it the second way
(as an inheritance) if you can. The first way is pretty easy, but you don't end up with actual
SQL JOIN statements when (say) you try to find all records Tagged with a certain tag. You
end up with very long SELECT IN.... across the join. Which works fine until you try to join
10,000 records.

George, could you point us to the documentation for how ActiveRecord implements this? I'd
be interested in their approach.


On 11/01/10 1:35 AM, Andrus Adamchik wrote:
> Not directly, but you can emulate that with entity qualifiers by
> filtering the generic entity on the value of the column that is not
> participating in a join. You can even map that as an inheritance hierarchy.
> Andrus
> On Jan 10, 2010, at 4:05 PM, George Stan wrote:
>> Hi,
>> Is it possible to map fake foreign keys with CM?
>> In many DBs for webapps there seem to be quite a few tables (for
>> entities like Tags, Comments, Attachments, Events) to have
>> relationships to many other tables, and instead of a FK, a combination
>> of two fields is used (target_table_name and target_row_id).
>> I know that other ORMs (like ActiveRecord from RoR) have this feature,
>> but I'm not sure about Cayenne.
>> Thanks in advance,
>> George.

Aristedes Maniatis
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