02: schemas
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(ns reifyhealth.specmonstah-tutorial.02
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(:require [reifyhealth.specmonstah.core :as sm]
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[loom.io :as lio]))
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(def schema
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{:user {:prefix :u}
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:post {:prefix :p
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:relations {:owner-id [:user :id]}}})
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(defn ex-01
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[]
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(sm/add-ents {:schema schema} {:post [[2]]}))
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(-> (ex-01) (sm/ents-by-type))
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(-> (ex-01) (sm/ent-relations :u0))
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(-> (ex-01) (sm/all-ent-relations))
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Specmonstah's ent dbs must have a schema. A schema is a map that defines ent types. Specmonstah uses ent types to create an ent graph when you call sm/add-ents, as in ex-01 above. This section explains how to define ent types and the relationship between ent types and ent graph generation.
In the schema, each key is the name of an ent type (:user and :post above) and each ent type's definition is a map with the keys :prefix and (usually) :relations. These values are used to generate ent graphs.
In generating the ent graph, each node needs to have a unique name. :prefix is used to name ents. If you want to add three users with (sm/add-ents {:schema schema} {:user [[3]]}), the :user ent type's :prefix of :u is used to generate ents named :u0 , :u1, and :u2. There's a pattern here: every generated ent is named :{schema-prefix}{index}.
:relations defines how ents reference each other. The :post definition includes {:relations {:owner-id [:user :id]}}, specifying that a :post should reference a :user. The relation also specifies that the :post's :owner-id should be set to the :user's :id, information that will be used when we use spec-gen to generate records for these ents. (Covered in a later section).
These :relations are also what allow Specmonstah queries to be concise.
The ent db's schema defines ent types. Ent types are used to generate the ent graph. When you call
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(sm/add-ents {:schema schema} {:post [[2]]})
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You don't explicitly specify that a :user should be created, but Specmonstah knows to add one because the :post ent type's :relations key specifies that :posts reference a :user.
Ent types usually correspond to database tables. If you're building a form that has posts and users, you'll probably create a :post ent type and :user ent type. You can also define more than one ent type per database table; if you find yourself often testing authentication scenarios, for example, you could create an :invalid-user ent type and write code that would insert the data for those ents into your user table (how to do this will be clear by the end of the tutorial). Ent type names are not in any way magical, you should use whatever names are most convenient for you.
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