Doctrine ORM – Find Many to Many Objects Without a Relationship

Hmmm, does the title of this post make sense? Probably not but it’s not an easy concept to squeeze into a few words.

Here’s the scenario, I have two tables A and B in Doctrine ORM with a many-to-many relationship defined in table AB.

Now, I want to find all objects in A that do not have a relationship with an object in B via AB.

Here’s what I have:

Doctrine_Query::create()
    ->from( 'A a' )
    ->leftJoin( 'A.AB ab' )
    ->where( 'ab.id IS NULL' )
    ->fetchArray()

This works but is it the best way?

 

Introducing ViMbAdmin – Virtual Mailbox Administration

Open Solutions are pleased to announce the immediate availability of our latest free and open source web application, ViMbAdmin, a web based interface which will allow you to manage mailboxes, virtual domains and aliases.

Open Solutions are pleased to announce the immediate availability of our latest free and open source web application, ViMbAdmin (vim-be-admin). ViMbAdmin is a web based interface which will allow you to manage mailboxes, virtual domains and aliases.

ViMbAdmin is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License version 3, or (at your option) any later version.

ViMbAdmin was entirely funded by Open Solutions and developed by our staff. If you find this application of value, please consider making a donation to our chosen charity.

Do you want to see it in action? We have a live demo which you can access here. You can also browse screenshots by clicking the image on this page.

ViMbAdmin was written in PHP using our own web application framework which includes the Zend Framework, the Doctrine ORM and the Smarty templating system with JQuery on the frontend.

ViMbAdmin is hosted on its own Google Code project page where you can find documentation, browse the source code and access our Subversion repository. We have set up a Google Groups discussion group and you can read our ViMbAdmin blog posts.

ViMbAdmin can work as a slot in replacement for Postfix Admin with a few MySQL ALTER statements.

Features

  • Super admin(s) user level with full access;
  • Admin(s) user level with access only to assigned domains and their mailboxes and aliases;
  • Super admins can create and modify super admins and admins;
  • JQuery Datatable throughout for quick in browser searching and pagination;
  • Create, modify and purge domains including limited the number of mailboxes and aliases a non-super admin can create per-domain;
  • Activate / deactivate admins, domains, mailboxes and aliases at the click of a button;
  • Full logging;
  • Facility for users (mailbox owners) to change their password;
  • Forgotten Password / Password Reset function for admins;
  • Very configurable including:
    • set default values for quotas, number of mailboxes and aliases for domain creation;
    • templated welcome and settings email for users;
    • either plain or MD5 mailbox password support;

 

Fix for Silly Annoying FreeBSD PHP Ports Errors

The following occurs quite regularly on FreeBSD:

Cannot find autoconf. Please check your autoconf installation and the
$PHP_AUTOCONF environment variable. Then, rerun this script.

and when fixed, it’s followed up by:

Cannot find autoheader. Please check your autoconf installation and the
$PHP_AUTOHEADER environment variable. Then, rerun this script.

The fix is to set those environment variables (as appropriate for the autoconf and autoheader version numbers – the below is my example on FreeBSD 8.1):

export PHP_AUTOCONF=/usr/local/bin/autoconf-2.68
export PHP_AUTOHEADER=/usr/local/bin/autoheader-2.68

in bash of the following in tcsh:

setenv PHP_AUTOCONF autoconf-2.68
setenv PHP_AUTOHEADER autoheader-2.68

Database Design for Doctrine

Creating a database schema directly in the database or in YAML can be very frustrating and difficult. I’ve looked at tools like MySQL Workbench in the paste and have not been impressed – especially as I need an export to YAML function for Doctrine (a PHP ORM project which I’m a big fan of).

I recently came across ORM Designer and have quickly become a big fan. It’s interface is nice, it has excellent support for Doctrine including behaviors and I’ve ran through many update / export to YAML / create models from YAML cycles without issue.

I’d strongly recommend for anyone using Doctrine – plus there’s a 30 day evaluation without any limiting of functionality so you can examine it for yourselves.

Link: MySQL Best Practices

I came across this site today which has some good advice for MySQL. I’m particularly happy to see that Doctrine, a relatively new ORM for PHP which we’re big fans of, is gaining some traction.

I came across this site today which has some good advice for MySQL. I’m particularly happy to see that Doctrine, a relatively new ORM for PHP which we’re big fans of, is gaining some traction.

I also noticed that Piwik, an open source analytics package, are using some interesting quality assurance tools which may be of interest to PHP developers (along with a continuous integration tool I came across recently: phpUnderControl).