Understanding Omeka_Record_AbstractRecord

Omeka_Plugin_AbstractRecord is extended to create the models for Omeka and its plugins. It corresponds to a database table, with each row representing an individual record. Table columns correspond to public properties of the class.

class MyThing extends Omeka_Plugin_AbstractRecord
    * text Text for the MyThing

    public $text;


Note that an $id property is inherited from Omeka_Plugin_AbstractRecord.

To create the database table for a plugin, use Omeka’s install hook. It will inflect the classes name to make it plural and underscored. For example, a model called MyThing will have a table called my_things.

For example this code in a plugin’s install hook will create the table for the above model.

public function hookInstall() {
    $db = $this->_db;
    $sql = "
      `id` int(10) unsigned NOT NULL AUTO_INCREMENT,
      `text` text NOT NULL,
      . . .
      ) ENGINE=InnoDB  DEFAULT CHARSET=utf8 COLLATE=utf8_unicode_ci";

The abstract record contains callback functions creating, reading, updating, and deleting records, both before and after those actions. These are helpful if any automatic processing should be done during those operations.

For example, to append a message to text as the record is saved, override the beforeSave() callback.

protected function beforeSave()
    // only append upon insert
    if (! $this->exists()) {
        $this->text = $this->text . "Hello!";

The _validate() function can similarly be overridden to add custom validation code for the record.