Ian Eure just provided a patch to DB_Table that is genius in its simplicity. While I have not tested it, the patch looks like it will cause no trouble. In short, in your predefined SQL queries, you can specify that the query should return in DB_FETCHMODE_ASSOC, DB_FETCHMODE_ORDERED, or any other fetchmode. For example:

// predefined query for a list of all rows
$this->sql['list'] = array(
    'select'    => '*',
    'from'      => $this->table,
    'order'     => 'some_column DESC',
    'get'       => 'all',
    'fetchmode' => DB_FETCHMODE_ASSOC

// predefined query for a single row
$this->sql['item'] = array(
    'select'    => '*',
    'from'      => $this->table,
    'get'       => 'row',
    'fetchmode' => DB_FETCHMODE_OBJECT,
    'fetchmode_object_class' => 'myDataObjectClass'

With that, you can call $dbTable->select('list') and get an array of rows, or call $dbTable->select('item', "id = '9'") and get an object of type myDataObjectClass.

This is only in CVS right now, as I'm trying to add various Oracle restrictions to DB_Table, but it was just too neat to not add in right away. Thanks, Ian Eure.

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