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Subject: Re: [boost] sqlpp11: SQL for C++
From: Roland Bock (rbock_at_[hidden])
Date: 2013-11-09 20:12:00

On 2013-11-10 00:12, Mateusz Loskot wrote:
> On 9 November 2013 22:58, Roland Bock <rbock_at_[hidden]> wrote:
>> On 2013-11-09 23:03, Michael Marcin wrote:
>>> On 11/9/2013 4:03 PM, Roland Bock wrote:
>>>> Please let me know your questions/thoughts/suggestions/rants.
>>>> Contributions welcome, of course :-)
>>> Could you compare your library with SOCI?
>> I consider SOCI to be a string and position based approach, meaning that
>> you (as a library user) have to use strings to construct your queries
>> and positions to extract results.
> Yes, that's correct.
> In fact, SQL commands play an important role as part of DBMS access
> abstraction. SQL is a part of SOCI interface, by design.
>> sqlpp11 takes care of this responsibility for you and gives you rows
>> with appropriately named and typed member variables. It is much harder
>> to use those the wrong way without the compiler yelling at you.
>> sqlpp11 assumes that you know your tables at compile time. Thus you can
>> declare types representing tables and columns with appropriate names and
>> types. You can then construct SQL queries and analyze the results with
>> the full armory of syntax and type checking that C++ and template meta
>> programming have to offer.
> Thank you for this clarification.
> I think sqlpp11 is an extremely interesting exercise.
> I have been considering to add non-string layer to SOCI directly based
One option would be to write a sqlpp11 connector library for SOCI,
similar to the existing ones for using MySQL/MariaDb and Sqlite3.

> on your idea, soon after I saw it some time ago in your initial experiments.
> Best regards,
You're referring to the discussion in 2010?

Cool, I wasn't aware of the impact :-)

sqlpp11 is much more mature, than what I had back then. Among other things

  * auto allows for a much leaner perceived API
  * table definitions are also much simpler. I am still using a code
    generator for those (DDL->C++, which I'll add to the repository
    soon), but the types are quite comprehensible even for a casual
    user, I guess
  * compile times are better
  * sqlpp11 "understands" sub-selects, which were a nightmare in all my
    previous attempts. Sub-selects can be used very naturally now, i.e.
    as selected values, as input for functions like exists(), as
    operands in where-conditions and as pseudo-tables in from(). The
    documentation on that is still pretty thin, I guess, but there are
    usage hints here and there:
  * you can add columns to your select at runtime now, if required
  * I would not call the library code simple, but it is certainly much
    easier to understand and to extend than any of the earlier versions



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