[fpc-devel] About TDataSet master/detail design in fpc

Michael Van Canneyt michael at freepascal.org
Fri May 6 21:14:57 CEST 2005

On Fri, 6 May 2005, Uberto Barbini wrote:

> > They are not yet implemented. But NestedDataset and DatasetField are
> > ONLY for TClientDataset, and we don't support TClientDataset (yet).
> Not only, they were first implemented for Oracle object field and they're used 
> by some other custom implementation, for example InstantObject exposers use 
> them for accessing parts (subobjects).

Then how does TDataset know how to load itself from a TDatasetField ? 
There is no code in DB.Pas to do this.

In TClientDataset, it's just a blob with a complete data package in it,
but the definition of this packages only makes sense to another TClientDataset.

TDatasetProvider has a mechanism to pack a 'traditional' Master/Detail dataset 
(e.g. using TQuery) into a TClientDataset packet for the Master with a 
TDatasetField containing the data from the detail dataset...

A horrible mechanism, but it works more or less.

> I began to rewrite something similar for fpc some week ago, I hope to continue 
> soon.
> > > I'd be glad if someone could explain how the design works and what is
> > > expected from a TDataset descendant that support it.
> >
> > Nothing is expected, i.e. TDataset does not implement anything
> > concerning master/detail. How could it ?
> Not yet that is.
> With NestedDataset in Delphi you could.

Yes, but TNestedDataset is a BDE implementation. 
It uses a proprietary format.

The bottom line is that at the TDataset level, there exists only TDatasetField.
You need to create a descendent of TDataset to access the data in a TDatasetField,
and TClientDataset or TNestedDataset are standard Delphi TDatasets which do this.


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