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A small update

Sat 7 Aug 2021

Been very quiet for quite some time, so may as well provide a small update to the handful of bots and webscrapers that visit this site. A project that I have been working on for some time has been fully deployed, and I'm getting ever closer to showing it off to a wider audience, once I've finished up an feature or two. If you've been snooping around my GitHub account or some of the repository's I have on there, then you may be able to find out what it is. The next post I make here will be an introduction to this project. Once I've shown this off to a wider audience I intend on writing some more posts here too about the project itself, and some of the approaches I took to building it.

Over these series of posts I have been exploring an approach that could be taken when working with SQL relationships in Go. The precursor to all of this was the initial ORMs and Query Building in Go. This explored one aspect of ORMs, the query building, but it didn't address how relationships could also be handled in an idiomatic way. So before I wrap up this series in this final post, let us address the code we have currently.

Previously, we implemented some new interfaces, and utility functions to aid in the loading and binding of the model relations. This was a much better improvement than what we had before, however we still don't have a way of defining the relations themselves in code. So far, we have heavily utilised callback functions to do most of the lifting for us. For example, the model.Bind function we implemented returns a callback that will gracefully handle binding the models we load. In this post we will look at how we can utilise callbacks to set the relations between models via code.

Last time, we refactored our code, and implemented the loading of the relationships for the Post entity. The implementation of this however was rather messy, as we did the equivalent of sweeping everything under the rug. In this post however we will look at what we've done, and see how this could be improved upon.

In the previous post we setup the entity models for the blogging application, and built some custom query options to handle the data we would be receiving via an HTTP request. Here we will go about implementing pagination for our models, so we can support the page query parameter, look into how we can refactor what we have in our HTTP handlers, and start looking into loading entity relationships for models.

In my last post I touched on the idea of using query builders for building up somewhat complex SQL queries in Go. Well, in this post I'd like to go further, and explore how this can be used to idiomatically build out a simple system for modelling relationships in Go. This post going forward will assume that you have read the aforementioned post.

Recently, I have been looking into various solutions for interacting with databases with ease in Go. My go to library for database work in Go is sqlx, this makes unmarshalling the data from the database into structs a cinch. You write out your SQL query, tag your structs using the db tag, and let sqlx handle the rest. However, the main problem I have encountered, was with idiomatic query building. This led me to investigate this problem, and jot down some of my thoughts in this post.

Patience in Programming

Sat 11 May 2019

I am an impatient man (if my sporadic typos, and last minute edits late at night on my blog didn't make it obvious already). Recently this has started to stick out to me much more, especially in regards to programming. More often than not I would find myself just writing code haphazardly, then let the compiler/interpreter point out the errors for me, some not so obvious, others more obvious than I would have liked. This is a rather reckless approach to take when it comes to development. I find that it prevents me from actually thinking about what I am doing, and results in me producing tools and code that are in unsatisfactory state.

Another update

Tue 23 Apr 2019

It has been too long since my last post in which I announced mgrt, the simple SQL migration tool. Has much happened between then and now? Well, I showed off mgrt to some people with little fanfare, and got around to implementing TLS support for the tool. Right now it supports TLS for PostgreSQL, and to a certain extent MySQL/MariaDB. And during my further developments of the tool itself I have come to realise how much I truly despise working with MySQL. My feelings for it are all superficial, so they hardly warrant a tangent.

mgrt: Simple SQL migrations

Sun 27 Jan 2019

As mentioned in my previous post, I have been working on a tool for handling SQL migrations. Well, that tool is now ready to debug, and is called mgrt. Much like jrnl, I decided to take the Welsh approach when it came to naming it.

An Update

Thu 24 Jan 2019

It's been almost a month since my last post, in which I detailed what I hoped to achieve in regards to this blog, and to a slightly further extent this year.

2019 is around the corner, and it has been 2 months since the first post I made on this blog, though I doubt anyone is actively following/reading. I have done very little to advertise it so what should I expect? However I think now is an apt time to justify the purpose of this blog, and layout some of the things I would like to achieve in the coming year.

Introducing jrnl

Sun 7 Oct 2018

jrnl is a simple static site generator written in Go. It takes posts written in Markdown, and converts them to HTML. The generated HTML files are then copied to a remote destination, this can either be a location on disk, or to a remote server. Unlike most other static site generators jrnl does not serve the content that is generated. This post shall serve as a brief introduction to jrnl, for more in depth usage refer to the readme on the project's GitHub.