[Seaside] Re: Seaside and GOODS

Daniel Salama dsalama at user.net
Fri Mar 18 23:43:42 CET 2005

On Mar 18, 2005, at 6:58 AM, Avi Bryant wrote:

>> Then again, how do you create indices? Is this something GOODS 
>> related?
>> I couldn't find documentation about it. I must be missing something
>> because others I've talked to about GOODS have mentioned it to me as
>> well.
> By "index" I just mean "some keyed collection you're using to index a
> property of your objects".  A BTree would be a common class to use as
> an index.
Ok, hopefully second to last question :)

So you are suggesting that I can maintain something like separate 
BTrees for different indices I may need for traversing my actual 
objects. So, what's stored in the BTree? Let's say I have something 

db := KKDatabase onHost: 'localhost' port: 6000.
db root: Dictionary new.
db commit.

people := BTree new.
lastNameIndex := BTree new.

db root at: 'people' put: people.
db root at: 'lastNames' put: lastNameIndex.

person := Person new; firstName: 'Daniel'; lastName: 'Salama'.

people at: 'some_magical_key_like_an_oid' put: person.
lastNameIndex at: (person lastName) put: person.

db commit.

Basically, I create one person object and store it twice in the 
database. However, from your previous answers, only one instance of the 
object is actually stored. The other one is simply a reference.

Are my assumptions correct? Is what I did correct?

What would happen if I needed to sort the people by last name or maybe 
first name or some random pre-defined property? Should I implement 
multiple indices based on the potential different properties I'd like 
to sort by? Should these indices be something like SortedCollection or 
a BTree or something else from your BTree package?

Thanks again,
Daniel Salama

More information about the Seaside mailing list