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Criteria vs QueryBuilder


I'm trying to make universal grid. I'm setting data to grid by giving the criteria instance, examples:

        $criteria = Bendrijos::query();
        if (!$this->user->admin)
            $criteria->innerJoin('Usertobendr', 'ub.bendr_id =', 'ub')
                ->andWhere('ub.user_id = :id:')
                ->bind(array('id' => $this->user->id));

        $criteria = Users::query();


It is working at this moment, but I came to pagination task. I didn't checked before, so I have problem, because Phalcon\Paginator accepts only QueryBuilder instance.

  1. Is it possible somehow to workaround paginator to accept criteria as param?
  2. Actually querybuilder methods are similar to criteria, so I can use querybuilder instead of criteria, but how to get similar instance?:
Users::query() == $this->modelsManager->createBuilder()->from('Users')


Users::query() == $this->modelsManager->createBuilder()->from('Users')

Not === but similar:

$builder = $this->modelsManager->createBuilder()->from('Bendrijos')
if (!$this->user->admin)
    //You need to bind right when you do where/andWhere/etc
    $builder->innerJoin('Usertobendr', 'ub.bendr_id =', 'ub')
        ->andWhere('ub.user_id = :id:', array('id' => $this->user->id))

Plus you get the ability to groupBy() and use having() (I guess only for mysql)

One more thing. Why do we need the criteria at all? Why Model::query() cannot return query/builder instance?

I don't know, I've questioned myself some times ago:

It's not because Model::find() uses it because they use Builder:

Still, it should be easier once Phalcon reach 2.0 to refactor Criteria out and use builder only

edited Aug '14

what I'm still wondering is how the reputation works, i was at 1K before, and now i'm at 882?

EDIT: wait 877

edited Aug '14

I already read that page. I'm back to 882 now... how can i get -130 in a day without deleting a post?

EDIT: back to 877 from 892... seems completely random to me :)