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Data Model Questions /

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Define a relationship to a many_many relationship

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Swift DevLabs

Community Member, 1 Post

30 March 2017 at 9:03pm

In summary, I have 3 models here:

- Level (Primary, Secondary and University etc... A level can have many subjects)
- Subject (Science, English, Mandarin, Chemistry and etc... A Subject belongs to many Level)
- Tutor (The tutor... A Tutor can teach many subject on different Level)

class Level extends DataObject
    private static $db = array(
        'Title'     => 'VARCHAR(50)',
    private static $many_many = array(
        'Subjects'  => 'Subject',

class Subject extends DataObject
    private static $db = array(
        'Title'     => 'VARCHAR(50)',
    private static $belongs_many_many = array(
        'Levels'    => 'Level',

Above is the 2 DataObjects but I am a little stucked on the Tutor DataObject. I don't think I can do a $has_many to Subject reason being, it needs to directly refer to the relationship because a Tutor might be teaching University-Science and Primary-Science, but not Secondary-Science.

I see my database have a Level_Subject table that acts as the many_many link between the 2 object. But how do I relate Tutor to this?