Introduction » Glossary
This document explains the basic terms used in ROM.
An object that represents data in your system, implements
each and yields
An object that uses relations to interact with a datastore. A repository is a class that is used to define a clear API between your database and your application.
An object that receives a relation and maps it to another representation. Anything
that responds to
call can be a mapper in ROM.
An object that executes a datastore-specific operation to create, update,
or delete tuples in a relation. Commands execute operations using relation
interface, which is datastore-specific; however, on the surface, they simply respond
Every adapter can provide custom command types.
An element in a relation. It's typically represented by a hash object.
A persistence backend, typically a database but also a flat file with data like CSV or YAML.
An object that encapsulates access to a specific persistence backend. For example the SQL gateway provides access to database tables via its datasets
A raw source of data with an interface specific for a given datastore. Relations use datasets to fetch data from persistence backends, like databases. Dataset's interface is not directly exposed to the application layer; however, it is available as a private interface of relations.
An adapter is a library providing infrastructure for ROM to support specific
persistence backends. An adapter ships with its own
ROM is implemented using a couple of fundamental patterns that make it flexible and extendible.
Relation, mapper, and command objects are callable and work as functions, they receive input and return output with no run-time side-effects. Furthermore, all objects don't have a mutable state, and it's safe to memoize them and rely on consistent behavior.
Relations, mappers and commands can be composed into a data pipeline, which is a
simple idea that one object returns a relation and passes it to another. All objects
call and accept a relation and implement common
>> operator, which
is used to construct the pipeline.
A nested object with a root and its nodes. ROM allows you to build
command graphs for working with nested structures and associations.
A way of organizing your application so that reading data is separated from changing data. In ROM it is easily achievable by using relations and commands.