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Setting up the Persistence Layer

As already insinuated in previous chapters it is the Persistence Layer which takes care about conserving Domain Objects durably. Thus, in this chapter we will discuss the steps being important for doing that.

It is important to understand the lifecycle of a domain object to fully understand the persistence layer. When we instantiate a domain object, we essentially store it in memory. It is then in a transient (or volatile) state. When TYPO3 delivers the rendered website, PHP frees up this allocated memory. This means that the saved data will be lost and thus also the domain object.


You can read more about the lifecycle of objects in Chapter 2 "Lifecycle of Objects".

If Domain Objects should be available within several page loads they have to be transferred into a persistent state. This is being done in Extbase by putting the Domain objects into a Repository. When the script is finished doing its work, the Repository takes care about saving the volatile data in a durable saving state. Normally this is the database which is used by TYPO3 but may, for example, also be a text file.

This chapter deals with the steps that have to be taken to make the data enclosed by a Domain Object durably persistent. Firstly, the Domain Objects have to be prepared to make them persistable by the underlying database. Most extensions get their input data through the Backend, thus the input forms which receive the data have to be configured. Subsequently, the Repositories are created which serve as an interface to the Domain Object.

Those steps are sufficient for most of the simple extensions, however, bigger projects often need more complex queries to the Persistence Layer as you will see with the example extension SjrOffers. This exemplary extension serves with offers for parents or teenagers for satisfying their certain needs. An example would be something like "Please show me all existing offers for a 5-years child close to the town centre". It should be possible to make such a request through the website, which should contain an input form. This form then sends the request to the extension. There, the Repository will compile the appropriate offers and send them back to the website. Thus, we will implement the method findDemanded($demand) in a final step to find those offers. Let's start with the database.