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Retrieving a list of distinct entries from a DataObject

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Community Member, 31 Posts

30 June 2010 at 3:11am

Hey guys,

I have a DataObject called "Job" here's what it looks like:

	static $db = array(
		'Title' => 'Varchar(24)',
		'Description' => 'Text',
		'HoursPerWeek' => 'Text',
		'Location' => 'Varchar(24)',
		'RequiredRoutewayCourse' => 'Text',
		'HourlyWageOrSalary' => 'Currency',
		'ExpiryDate' => 'Date',

In "JobCategory.php" which is a page that lists all of my jobs, I would like to retrieve a list of all unique "RequiredRoutewayCourse" entries from the Job table in the database.

What is the best way to do this?



Community Member, 31 Posts

1 July 2010 at 12:04am

sorry guys but bumping this one because i really cant find the solution anywhere else. if i haven't supplied enough information then please let me know.

Matty Balaam

Community Member, 74 Posts

1 July 2010 at 1:27am


Community Member, 904 Posts

1 July 2010 at 3:39am

You could always use the SQLQuery Class to build your own SQL query for that purpose.
Something along these lines:

$sqlQuery = new SQLQuery();
$sqlQuery->select = array('DISTINCT RequiredRoutewayCourse');
$sqlQuery->from = array('Job');
$sqlQuery->where = array($this->ClassName . 'ID = '. $this->ID);
$result = $sqlQuery->execute();
foreach($result as $row){
	// do something meaningful with the data... not just print


Community Member, 181 Posts

1 July 2010 at 9:59am

Is RequiredRoutewayCourse unique for each record or is there a many-to-one relationship there?

I'm guessing there is otherwise you could just list all entries, have you considered making RequiredRoutewayCourse a DataObject itself? Then you could set up the relationship and just look at the RequiredRoutewayCourse DataObject for your answer, of course, that will affect the Admin use-case.

Just another way of approaching it.



Community Member, 31 Posts

1 July 2010 at 8:04pm

thanks guys,

TotalNet is right that I should make RequiredRoutewayCourse a seperate dataObject of its own with a many-to-one relationship. That would be the most sensible way of modeling the data.

In this case though I have just used SQLQuery to select all the distinct values from Job and then constructed a dataSet object to pass to a template controller.