package Class::DBI::Plugin::RetrieveAll;

our $VERSION = '1.04';

use strict;
use warnings;

=head1 NAME

Class::DBI::Plugin::RetrieveAll - more complex retrieve_all() for Class::DBI


	use base 'Class::DBI';
	use Class::DBI::Plugin::RetrieveAll;

	my @by_date = My::Class->retrieve_all_sorted_by("date");

	# or


	my @by_date = My::Class->retrieve_all;


This is a simple plugin to a Class::DBI subclass that allows for simple
sorting of the results of a retrieve_all(). 

There are two main ways to use this.  

Firstly, we create a new method 'retrieve_all_sorted_by' which takes an
argument of how to sort.

We also add a method for 'retrieve_all_sort_field' that sets a default
field that any retrieve_all() will use for sorting.

=head1 METHODS

=head2 retrieve_all_sorted_by

	my @by_date = My::Class->retrieve_all_sorted_by("date");

This method will be exported into the calling class, and allows for
retrieving all the objects of the class, sorted by the given column.

The argument given will be passed straight through to the database 'as
is', and is not checked in any way, so an error here will usually
in an error from the database, rather than Class::DBI itself. 

This makes it possible to pass more complex ORDER BY clauses through:

	my @by_date = My::Class->retrieve_all_sorted_by("date DESC, reference_no");

=head2 retrieve_all_sort_field


This method changes the default retrieve_all() in the Class to be
auto-sorted by the field given. Again this will be passed through
directly, so you can have complex ORDER BY clauses. 


sub import {
	my $caller = caller();
	no strict 'refs';

	$caller->set_sql(retrieve_all_sorted => <<'');

	*{"$caller\::retrieve_all_sorted_by"} = sub {
		my ($class, $order_by) = @_;
		return $class->sth_to_objects($class->sql_retrieve_all_sorted($order_by));


	*{"$caller\::retrieve_all_sort_field"} = sub {
		my ($class, $field) = @_;

	# I hate that SUPER means *my* SUPER *now* - not $class->SUPER then
	my $super = $caller->can('retrieve_all');
	*{"$caller\::retrieve_all"} = sub {
		my $class = shift;
		my $field = $class->__plugin_retall_sortfield 
			or return $super->($class);
		return $class->retrieve_all_sorted_by($field);

=head1 AUTHOR

Tony Bowden

=head1 BUGS and QUERIES

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Copyright (C) 2004-2006 Kasei. All rights reserved.

This module is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
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