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Enhanced Lazy Loading

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notice - This information is outdated

This feature was never released in any core version. The corresponding patch is currently abandoned, and there is noone working on it at the moment.

In 2014 budget from the workpackages was used to (start) rework of extbase's lazyLoading mechanism.

How to use

The new, enhanced lazyLoading strategy is enabled by default. You can disable it via TypoScript. If you want to disable it system-wide, just set

config.tx_extbase.persistence.enhancedLazyLoadingStrategy = 0

In most cases this should not make sense. If you experience performance drops in certain situations, you can disable it on a per-extension or even a per-plugin base.

plugin.tx_blogexample.persistence.enhancedLazyLoadingStrategy = 0

Problems tackled

LazyLoadingProxy not extending the represented object

The old lazy loading approach relied on a generic "LazyLoadingProxy", which was shipped with Extbase. As it was not generated on the fly, it did not extend the class it was representing, thus creating fatal PHP errors, when given as an argument to a method that was protected throught a typehint.

PHP script:
public function setBlog(Blog $blog)
Argument 1 passed to [...]::setBlog() must be an instance of [...]\Blog, instance of TYPO3\CMS\Extbase\Persistence\Generic\LazyLoadingProxy given

This led to developers massively self-resolving lazyLoading using

PHP script:
if ($this->parent instanceof \TYPO3\CMS\Extbase\Persistence\Generic\LazyLoadingProxy) {

which is real bad design.

To solve this, we now generate the ProxyClasses on the fly and store them in the caching framework. The LazyProxy can now be used transparently, passes typehints and resolves itself when called. In-depth information on that topic can be found in the "corresponding forge-ticket":

Resolving lazyLoadingProxy leading to one database-query per object

When multiple entities (like posts) contained a lazyLoading property of the same type (like author), the property would be resovled upon request, meaning you got a hundred database queries, resolving the author for each post - one at a time. To solve this, we now register all lazyLoading properties within their corresponding type. As soon as the first object is to be resolved, all objects of that type (like authors) will be fetched in one single database-query and mapped into their places. Of course only the child objects of mapped parents will be fetched, thus working together with limit and offset in your query.

Extbase's persistence not using repositories

Extbase used it's own logic (generated queryObject) to fetch related records. There was no way to adjust things like "include hidden", "do not inlcude deleted" and respect of storagePid and language. To solve this, we now always call a repository to fetch child records. The className of the repository is guessed from the type of the desired object. If no repository is found, extbase uses it's own genericRepository.

Architectual changes

Extbase's repositories

To stay completely compatible, we moved all functionality from Repository to GenericRepository and made Repository an Extension. Repository uses code in __construct() to determine the recordType from the className. This obviously would not work for an GenericRepository. In GenericRepository extbase (and you) can set the type of objects via an method argument.

PHP script:
$repository = $this->objectManager->get('TYPO3\CMS\Extbase\Persistence\GenericRepository', $this->objectManager, '[...]\Blog');

Nothing was changed in the conventional use of Repository.

[!!!][BREAKING] findByUid now returns a QueryResult, findByIdentifier to be used

In a bad fashion, extbase implemented a custom findByUid() method in the repository. While all other findBy*()-methods returned a QueryResult, this method returned an object directly. This was intransparent. Additionally there was no clear distinction between findByUid() and findByIdentifier(). The behaviour changed multiple times throughout the last releases. We got rid of findByUid(). This is now implemented through the magic findBy*()-method and returns a QueryResult as expected. To fetch a single object, just use findOneByUid(), like you would do with every other property too. To allow some special behaviour when fetching certain objects, findByIdentifier() is implemented. By default it does not respect storagePage and language-constraints. You can modify that behaviour in your own repository. Extbase will always use findByIdentifier() from your repository to fetch related objects, thus allowing you to easily modify it's behaviour from your extension.

Known problems


At this moment, lazyObjectStorages are still implemented in the old fashion. TYPO3 different ways of storing relationships in the database (especially remote table lookup using foreign_field) make it hard (to impossible) to determine which child relates to which parent, when fetching multiple lazyObjectStorages at once. As the relation information is not stored in the parent but rather in the child object this would result in multiple iterations. As this killed performance, we left this to feature implementation ideas. LazyObjectStorages will work the way they always did, they will just not benefit from any of the performance gain.

Performance drops

In certain (what we believe are few) situations, it might not make sense to fetch all objects at once. Imagine you've got a news list-view, having custom markup for the first item. While you might want to display the tags for the first news article, you might want to skip them for the following. This would be a case, where it would make sense to disable the new lazyLoading strategy.

More information

If you want to read up, this are the forge issues.

notice - Draft

Change the {{draft}} marker to {{review}} when you need a reviewer for text and TypoScript. info