Updating Existing Entities


Updates are handled identically to inserts when using the save method. The only difference is that instead of starting with a new entity, we start with an existing entity.

var user = getInstance( "User" ).find( 1 );
user.setPassword( "newpassword" );


You can update multiple fields at once using the update method. This is similar to the create method for creating new entities.

var user = getInstance( "User" ).find( 1 );
user.update( {
   email = "janedoe2@example.com",
   password = "newpassword"
} );

There is no need to call save when using the update method.

By default, if you have a key in the struct that doesn't match a property in the entity the update method will fail. If you add the optional argument ignoreNonExistentAttributes set to true, those missing keys are ignored. Now you can pass the rc scope from your submitted form directly into the update method and not worry about any other keys in the rc like event that would cause the method to fail.

var user = getInstance( "User" ).find( 1 );
user.update( rc, true );


Updates an existing record or creates a new record with the given attributes.

var user = getInstance( "User" ).updateOrCreate( {
    "username": "newuser"
} );


Updates matching entities with the given attributes according to the configured query. This is analagous to qb's update method.

getInstance( "User" )
    .where( "lastLoggedIn", ">", dateAdd( "m", 3, now() ) )
    .updateAll( {
        "active" = 0
    } );


Retrieves a new entity from the database with the same key value as the current entity. Useful for seeing any changes made to the record in the database. This function executes a query.

var user = getInstance( "User" ).findOrFail( rc.userID );
var sameUser = user.fresh();


Refreshes the attributes data for the entity with data from the database. This differs from fresh in that it operates on the current entity instead of returning a new one. This function executes a query.

var user = getInstance( "User" ).findOrFail( rc.userID );
user.refresh(); // user now has updated data from the database