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    Blurs the lines between SQL and JavaScript.

    • Replaces forgein key references with getters that follow the reference
    • Safely escapes values and table/column names
    • Useable via template literals


    npm install --save objectified-sqlite3


    const db = require("objectified-sqlite3")("./chinook.db");
    const [row] = db.sql`SELECT * FROM customers WHERE CustomerId = 42`;
    console.log(row.FirstName, row.LastName);



    objectified-sqlite3 uses better-sqlite3 under the hood, so connecting is the same, however in objectified-sqlite3 you don't need to use the new keyword before invoking it.

    This is because it uses a massive object instead of a class, so functions like Database.sql can be seperated out and still work without the this keyword.


    All rows returned by objectified-sqlite3 are regular JavaScript objects with extra getters:

    • Any column that references another column via a foreign key will be replaced with a getter which returns the row it references. This happens recursively allowing things like invite.shift.user.role which crawl around the database following foreign keys while keeping the illusion of it being a regular object.
    • Any column that is referenced by another column will cause the row to have a getter, returning an array of the rows that reference that one. The name of the field will be the name of the table doing the referencing followed by an s to make it plural. For instance if shift.user references user.rowid, any queries returning user.rowid will also contain a field called shifts which contains an array of the shifts where shift.user = user.rowid, like a join.

    None of these getters impliment any caching, which means every time you user.shifts it could potentially be fetching hundreds of rows. Something to watch out performance wise, but it means no extra memory is used.


    As part of the escaping: functions are registered via better-sqlite3's con.function and the name of the function is subbed in.

    For instance

    const stmt = prepare`
        SELECT ${ n => n + 1 }(?) AS n
    console.log(stmt.get(5)); // { n: 6 }

    For instance escape`SELECT ${ n => n + 1 }(5)` will get converted to SELECT AUTO_FUNC_0c51edad8dac919556dd395b457221d1(5) and run db.function("AUTO_FUNC_0c51edad8dac919556dd395b457221d1", n => n + 1), which when run will return 6.

    .escape`SQL` -> String

    Escapes SQL via a combination of sql-template-strings and sqlstring.

    String escaping is done via sqlstring instead of through better-sqlite3 so queries can be escaped before becoming statements. This allows for table names and column names to be escaped via extra question marks, like so:

    const tableName = "user";
    const columnName = "firstname";
    db.escape`SELECT ?${columnName} FROM ?${tableName}`; // SELECT `firstname` FROM `user`

    This works because sql-template-strings blindly replaces JavaScript expressions with ?, and sqlstring interprets ?? as a column/table name. For instance db.escape`SELECT * FROM ?${tableName}` becomes sqlstring.format("SELECT * FROM ??", [tableName]) which is evaluated to "SELECT * FROM `user`".

    It also allows for statements to be escaped before they are prepared, so variables can be injected in multiple steps.

    const str = db.escape`SELECT * FROM ?${tableName} WHERE ?${columnName} = ?`; // SELECT * FROM `user` WHERE `firstname` = ?
    db.db.prepare(str).all("Charlie"); // executes SELECT * FROM `user` WHERE `firstname` = 'Charlie'

    .prepare`SQL` -> statement

    Escapes SQL via .escape, then makes it into a better-sqlite3 prepared statement with a few alterations:

    • .all and .get methods altered to add foreign key getters to returned rows (As described in Rows),
    • .iter method removed (never needed this method myself, and it would be a pain to get it playing nicely with the getters).

    .sql`SQL` -> array of rows

    Prepares statement via .prepare, then fetches all rows.




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