Rose::DB::Object - aggregates
One of the advantages DBIx::Class has over Rose::DB::Object (RDBO) is that it natively handles GROUP BY, HAVING, etc. I use GROUP BY a lot so I asked John Siracusa how to do aggregate functions such as count and sum using GROUP BY with RDBO.
RDBO doesn't have native support for aggregates because it's designed to return row objects and the results of aggregate functions are not rows in any table. In the future RDBO may have a built-in get_results() Manager method that returns "data" instead of row objects, but for now there are two alternatives (quotes by Siracusa):
- Manager methods: "the RDBO way to do queries that have aggregates is to create a manager method that runs the desired query and returns the results. you can use the RDBO query builder to constrict the SQL if you want, the where part, for example"
- Views: "the other way is to make a view and have RDBO front that view as if it were a table letting the db do the aggregating part under the covers [...] big aggregate queries tend to be slow vs. a good view in a database that supports them well"