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Frameworkstein ORM

This is the core package for the Frameworkstein Object Relational Mapper (Frameworkstein ORM, or just stein-orm).

Frameworkstein ORM consists of a few packages that make it easy to create and query SQL backed REST APIs in Node.js.

Create model definitions, assign them schemas, auto-generate REST endpoints for them then query them using the same powerful query syntax on the client as the server.

The main packages are as follows:

stein-orm The core package. Exports functions for creating models and defining relations between them. Also contains a cursor interface for querying models which is extended by either stein-orm-sql or stein-orm-rest.

stein-orm-sql Package that translates stein-orm queries into sql statements (using knex.js internally) and sql results into models.

stein-orm-http Package that translates stein-orm queries into http requests. This allows models to be queried using the same syntax on the client as the server. Assumes that an endpoint has been configured on the server for the model using stein-orm-rest.

stein-orm-rest Package that generates REST API endpoints for stein-orm models. These endpoints can be queried with stein-orm-http or with any standard REST client.


For a complete example of how the parts work together see the fl-base-webapp repo. stein-orm models are stored in server/models (server side models) and shared/models (client side models). stein-orm-rest endpoints can be found in server/api/controllers. The scaffold directory has examples of creasting and saving models.

Model definitions

Models are defined using the createModel decorator. Generally You'll want to create two model files, one for the server with your server code with an sql store (stein-orm-sql) and one for the client with a http store (stein-orm-http).

Server model definition /server/models/User.js

import { createModel, Model } from 'stein-orm-sql'    // Import from `stein-orm-sql` to use the sql store

@createModel({                                        // The `createModel` decorator configures the model when called
  url: 'postgres://localhost:5432/stein-orm/users',   // The url of your database, including the table name
  schema: () => ({                                    // Schema definition, see [stein-orm-sql]( for column options and `relations` below for relations.
    name: 'Text',
export default class User extends Model {             // Extending the `stein-orm` `Model` class
  defaults() {                                        // Function returning default properties for new models
    return {name: 'Default name'}

Client model definition /shared/models/User.js

import { createModel, Model } from 'stein-orm-http'   // Import from `stein-orm-http` to use the http store

@createModel({                                        // As above, will configure the model with a http store
  url: '/api/users',                                  // The root url of your `stein-orm-rest` api for this model
                                                      // No need to define a schema on the client
export default class User extends Model {             
                                                      // No need to define defaults on the client

Relations are specified in the model schema. There are the following standard sql relations available:

belongsTo: This model has a foreign key to another model hasOne: One related model has a foreign key to this model hasMany: Any number of related models have foreign keys to this model

These three relation types can be combined

This class is created via Model.cursor(), which will return an instance of Cursor that can be used to build a database query. Cursor shouldn't be instantiated outside of the Model.cursor() class method.

Query options

Models can be queried with the following query options. These options can be specified with chained methods or properties within a query object prefixed with $.

one [bool] return a single object rather than an array

values [array] return, for each model found, an array of values rather than an object. For example, Model.cursor().values(['id', name']) will return a 2d array like [[1, 'Bob'], [2, 'Emily']]

select [array] select only the given fields from the db

count [bool] return a count of the number of models matching the given query

exists [bool] return a boolean indicating whether any number of models exist matching the given query

unique [string] like select disctinct, return no more than one result per distinct value of the given field

limit [number] limit results to the given number of rows

offset [number] offset results by the given number of rows

page: [bool] if true, return paging information with results. Querries will return an object of the form {rows, totalRows, offset}

Field modifiers

Each field in a query can either be a plan value, which will be matched against directly, or an object with the following special matches:

$in [array] field matches any of the given values {name: {$in: ['bob', emily']}} => name in ('bob', 'emily')

$nin [array] field matches none of the given values {name: {$nin: ['bob', emily']}} => name not in ('bob', 'emily')

$exists [bool] equivalent to a null check {name: {$exists: true}} => name is not null

Query conditions

Advanced conditional operations

$or [array] matches any of the given queries {$or: [{name: 'bob'}, {city: 'sydney'}]} => name = 'bob' or city = 'sydney'

$and [array] matches all of the given queries. Doesn't do anything on its own, but is useful when nesting conditionals {$and: [{name: 'bob'}, {city: 'sydney'}]} => name = 'bob' and city = 'sydney'

Relation queries

Related models can be queried using {'relation.field': value}. All options available to local fields work with relations. Relations must be configured in each models' schema.

For example, if we had a user model related to a profile model containing a name field we could domsomething like {'': {$in: ['bob', emily']}}, which would generate sql similar to selectfrom users, profiles where in ('bob', 'emily') and profiles.user_id =

JSONb queries

JSON fields can be queried in a similar way to related fields: {'jsonfield.field': value}

For example, given some models with json data like {id: 1, nestedUsers: [{name: 'bob'}, {name: 'emily'}]} we could query on the nestedUsers name field with {'': 'bob'} or {'': {$in: ['emily', 'frank']}




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