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=head1 NAME

DBIx::Class::InflateColumn - Automatically create references from column data

=head1 SYNOPSIS

  # In your table classes
  __PACKAGE__->inflate_column('column_name', {
    inflate => sub {
      my ($raw_value_from_db, $result_object) = @_;
      ...
    },
    deflate => sub {
      my ($inflated_value_from_user, $result_object) = @_;
      ...
    },
  });

=head1 DESCRIPTION

This component translates column data into references, i.e. "inflating"
the column data. It also "deflates" references into an appropriate format
for the database.

It can be used, for example, to automatically convert to and from
L<DateTime> objects for your date and time fields. There's a
convenience component to actually do that though, try
L<DBIx::Class::InflateColumn::DateTime>.

It will handle all types of references except scalar references. It
will not handle scalar values, these are ignored and thus passed
through to L<SQL::Abstract::Classic>. This is to allow setting raw
values to "just work". Scalar references are passed through to the
database to deal with, to allow such settings as C< \'year + 1'> and
C< \'DEFAULT' > to work.

If you want to filter plain scalar values and replace them with
something else, see L<DBIx::Class::FilterColumn>.

=head1 METHODS

=head2 inflate_column

Instruct L<DBIx::Class> to inflate the given column.

In addition to the column name, you must provide C<inflate> and
C<deflate> methods. The C<inflate> method is called when you access
the field, while the C<deflate> method is called when the field needs
to used by the database.

For example, if you have a table C<events> with a timestamp field
named C<insert_time>, you could inflate the column in the
corresponding table class using something like:

    __PACKAGE__->inflate_column('insert_time', {
        inflate => sub {
          my ($insert_time_raw_value, $event_result_object) = @_;
          DateTime->from_epoch( epoch => $insert_time_raw_value );
        },
        deflate => sub {
          my ($insert_time_dt_object, $event_result_object) = @_;
          $insert_time_dt_object->epoch;
        },
    });

The coderefs you set for inflate and deflate are called with two parameters,
the first is the value of the column to be inflated/deflated, the second is
the result object itself.

In this example, calls to an event's C<insert_time> accessor return a
L<DateTime> object. This L<DateTime> object is later "deflated" back
to the integer epoch representation when used in the database layer.
For a much more thorough handling of the above example, please see
L<DBIx::Class::DateTime::Epoch>

=head2 get_inflated_column

  my $val = $obj->get_inflated_column($col);

Fetch a column value in its inflated state.  This is directly
analogous to L<DBIx::Class::Row/get_column> in that it only fetches a
column already retrieved from the database, and then inflates it.
Throws an exception if the column requested is not an inflated column.

=head2 set_inflated_column

  my $copy = $obj->set_inflated_column($col => $val);

Sets a column value from an inflated value.  This is directly
analogous to L<DBIx::Class::Row/set_column>.

=head2 store_inflated_column

  my $copy = $obj->store_inflated_column($col => $val);

Sets a column value from an inflated value without marking the column
as dirty. This is directly analogous to L<DBIx::Class::Row/store_column>.

=head1 SEE ALSO

=over 4

=item L<DBIx::Class::Core> - This component is loaded as part of the
      C<core> L<DBIx::Class> components; generally there is no need to
      load it directly

=back

=head1 INHERITED METHODS

=over 4

=item L<DBIx::Class::Row>

L<copy|DBIx::Class::Row/copy>, L<delete|DBIx::Class::Row/delete>, L<discard_changes|DBIx::Class::Row/discard_changes>, L<get_column|DBIx::Class::Row/get_column>, L<get_columns|DBIx::Class::Row/get_columns>, L<get_dirty_columns|DBIx::Class::Row/get_dirty_columns>, L<get_from_storage|DBIx::Class::Row/get_from_storage>, L<get_inflated_columns|DBIx::Class::Row/get_inflated_columns>, L<has_column_loaded|DBIx::Class::Row/has_column_loaded>, L<in_storage|DBIx::Class::Row/in_storage>, L<inflate_result|DBIx::Class::Row/inflate_result>, L<insert|DBIx::Class::Row/insert>, L<insert_or_update|DBIx::Class::Row/insert_or_update>, L<is_changed|DBIx::Class::Row/is_changed>, L<is_column_changed|DBIx::Class::Row/is_column_changed>, L<make_column_dirty|DBIx::Class::Row/make_column_dirty>, L<new|DBIx::Class::Row/new>, L<register_column|DBIx::Class::Row/register_column>, L<result_source|DBIx::Class::Row/result_source>, L<set_column|DBIx::Class::Row/set_column>, L<set_columns|DBIx::Class::Row/set_columns>, L<set_inflated_columns|DBIx::Class::Row/set_inflated_columns>, L<store_column|DBIx::Class::Row/store_column>, L<throw_exception|DBIx::Class::Row/throw_exception>, L<update|DBIx::Class::Row/update>, L<update_or_insert|DBIx::Class::Row/update_or_insert>

=back

=head1 FURTHER QUESTIONS?

Check the list of L<additional DBIC resources|DBIx::Class/GETTING HELP/SUPPORT>.

=head1 COPYRIGHT AND LICENSE

This module is free software L<copyright|DBIx::Class/COPYRIGHT AND LICENSE>
by the L<DBIx::Class (DBIC) authors|DBIx::Class/AUTHORS>. You can
redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as the
L<DBIx::Class library|DBIx::Class/COPYRIGHT AND LICENSE>.