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Using Foreign Data Sources

In real projects many times data from different sources has to be ordered. One target of Extbase is to normalize the access to this data sources and to abstract it from the concrete technical solution. These "foreign" data sources could be tables from the same TYPO3 database or a web service.

Extbase building-up strongly of the rule "Convention over Configuration" (see also the appendix A for this). Foreign database tables correspond in rare cases the conventions of Extbase. Therefore the assignment of the class to a given table as well as the assignment of field names to property names of the classes must be configured via TypoScript. This assignment is also called mapping. The following configuration enables the storage of the object data of a class \MyVendor\MyExtension\Domain\Model\Person in the table tt_address, which is available in most TYPO3 installations.

plugin.tx_myextension {
    persistence {
        classes {
            MyVendor\MyExtension\Domain\Model\Person {
                mapping {
                    tableName = tt_address
                    recordType = \MyVendor\MyExtension\Domain\Model\Person
                    columns {
                        birthday.mapOnProperty = dateOfBirth
                        street.mapOnProperty = thoroughfare

The options for the persistence can be set beneath the TypoScript path plugin.tx_myextension.persistence for the extension or beneath config.tx_extbase.persistence globally for all extensions. Inside of classes for every class the mapping is defined. With tableName the name of the table is given in which the object data is to be stored. The option recordType is used in a table, that is used for the storage of different classes, to assign the record of "his" class. With columns the separate assignments of the field names (left) to the corresponding properties (right) is done.


Regard in each case that the field type fits the data type of your property. Additional information you will find in "Preparing the tables of the Domain Objects" above in this chapter.

This configuration causes Extbase to use the table tt_address when reconstructing or persisting of objects of the class \MyVendor\MyExtension\Domain\Model\Person. Thereby the values of the properties dateOfBirth and thoroughfare are stored in the fields birthday and street. If the configuration option tableName is not set, Extbase searches for a table that corresponds to the lower cased cased class name, in our case: tx_myextension_domain_model_person. If for a property none rule for the mapping is defined, the property name, translated in lower case with underscores, is expected as field name. The property name dateOfBirth would result in a field name date_of_birth.