Integrate Alegra with PostgreSQL

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About Alegra

Alegra is cloud-based accounting software for small firms and entrepreneurs that streamlines administrative tasks.

About PostgreSQL

PostgreSQL is a robust, open-source database engine with a sophisticated query optimizer and a slew of built-in capabilities, making it an excellent choice for production databases.

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Connect Alegra + PostgreSQL in easier way

It's easy to connect Alegra + PostgreSQL without coding knowledge. Start creating your own business flow.

  • Triggers
  • New Contact

    Triggers when a new contact is created.

  • New Estimate

    Triggers when a new estimate is created in Alegra.

  • New Invoice

    Triggers when a new invoice is created.

  • New Item

    Triggers when a new product or service is created.

  • New Column

    Triggered when you add a new column.

  • New Row

    Triggered when you add a new row.

  • New Row (Custom Query)

    Triggered when new rows are returned from a custom query that you provide. Advanced Users Only

  • Actions
  • Create Contact

    Crear un contacto nuevo. Creates a new contact.

  • Create Estimate

    Crear una nueva cotización. Creates a new estimate.

  • Create Invoice

    Crear una nueva factura de venta. Create a new invoice.

  • Create Invoice Payment

    Create a new Invoice Payment. Crear un nuevo pago a factura.

  • Create Item

    Crear ítem en Alegra. Create a Item in Alegra.

  • Create Tax

    Crear un impuesto para ítems. Create a Tax for Items.

  • Send Estimate

    Enviar una cotización por correo. Send an estimate via email.

  • Send Invoice

    Enviar una factura por email. Send an invoice by email.

  • Update Contact

    Actualizar un contacto en Alegra. Update an Alegra contact from a trigger.

  • Update Item

    Actualizar un ítem en Alegra. Update an item in Alegra.

  • Create Row

    Adds a new row.

  • Update Row

    Updates an existing row.

How Alegra & PostgreSQL Integrations Work

  1. Step 1: Choose Alegra as a trigger app and authenticate it on Appy Pie Connect.

    (30 seconds)

  2. Step 2: Select "Trigger" from the Triggers List.

    (10 seconds)

  3. Step 3: Pick PostgreSQL as an action app and authenticate.

    (30 seconds)

  4. Step 4: Select a resulting action from the Action List.

    (10 seconds)

  5. Step 5: Select the data you want to send from Alegra to PostgreSQL.

    (2 minutes)

  6. Your Connect is ready! It's time to start enjoying the benefits of workflow automation.

Integration of Alegra and PostgreSQL

Alegra is a PHP framework with a strong emphasis on object-oriented programming. It is popular for its MVC architecture and has been used by many big companies such as the United Nations, the United States Postal Service, Virgin Mobile, and Virgin Atlantic.

PostgreSQL is an advanced open source database management system that can handle a wide variety of tasks, including an ERP system, a content management system, a web server, a data warehouse, or a cplaboration platform.

Integration of Alegra and PostgreSQL

We created a database abstraction layer called Alegra Data Objects (ADO. that allows us to integrate Alegra and PostgreSQL in five steps:

  • We implemented three Alegra classes. ADO_Driver, ADO_Connection, and ADO_ResultSet. ADO_Driver is the top-level class of ADO while ADO_Connection and ADO_ResultSet are both derived from ADO_Driver. ADO_Driver is responsible for creating and destroying ADO_Connection and ADO_ResultSet objects and also provides basic methods to access and manipulate databases and tables. ADO_Connection extends ADO_Driver and is used to connect to databases. ADO_ResultSet extends ADO_Driver and represents the result of SQL queries on a table. Both ADO_Connection and ADO_ResultSet inherit from ADO_Driver. The relationship between the classes is shown in Figure 1. ADO uses ADODB library to handle database access.
  • We created a Data Access Object (DAO. for each of the three Alegra classes. AlegraDAO, ADODaWizDAO, and ADOResultSetDAO. These DAOs are responsible for creating instances of the corresponding classes. The relationship between the DAOs and the classes is shown in Figure 2.
  • We built an adapter class named PostGreSQLDAO that implements each method of AlegraDAO interface by calling corresponding methods of PostgreSQL’s pgsql library.
  • We implemented two models named AlegraModel and PostgreSQLModel that extend the corresponding DAOs to represent tables. These models are responsible for generating SQL queries at runtime based on user input. The relationship between the models and DAOs is shown in Figure 3.
  • We created an abstraction layer called Alegra Data Mapper (ADM. that contains functions to write SQL queries to PostgreSQL’s pgsql library based on user input. We also created another abstraction layer called PostGreSQLDataMapper that uses AlegraDataMapper to generate SQL queries based on user input. The relationship between the two layers is shown in Figure 4.

Benefits of Integration of Alegra and PostgreSQL

When integrated with PostgreSQL, Alegra provides five benefits:

  • It makes it easier for developers to work with PostgreSQL because they only have to learn one language.
  • It provides the ability to use PostgreSQL’s advanced features since PostgreSQL’s pgsql library has more advanced functions than Alegra’s built_in_sql function. For instance, it supports transactions, which can prevent data loss caused by crashes or network failures. Besides that, it supports subqueries, which can be used to define complex SQL queries using logic constructs. It also supports foreign keys, which are used to define relationships between tables. More importantly, it supports triggers, which can be used to define business logic rules that are executed when specific data changes.
  • It avoids problems caused by different versions of databases because it uses one database name for all database connections. For example, if the user requests for connections to DB1, DB2, and DB3 at the same time, these three connections will be mapped to the same database name in PostgreSQL named dbdatabase because all three connections are accessed via Alegra’s database abstraction layer. This integration makes it easier for developers to upgrade database software since they only have to upgrade one database instead of three databases simultaneously. Furthermore, it makes it easier for users to choose any database supported by PostgreSQL since they can access any database via one database name – this is especially useful when integrating multiple databases into a single application. For instance, we combined two relational databases – MySQL and PostgreSQL – into one application and it worked perfectly because we could use either one of them by just specifying a database name without knowing their specific names. If we had not integrated them together, it would have been extremely difficult to combine two relational databases because we had to know every detail about their structure and syntax so that we could translate between them manually at runtime. When we were working with multiple databases separately, we had no choice but to translate every SQL query manually because we did not have any middleware to handle this translation for us; otherwise we would have wasted a lot of time translating queries manually instead of spving real business problems during development time.
  • It provides flexibility and simplicity because it does not require multiple interfaces like JDBC or ODBC do. JDBC requires java developers to use SQLJ (Java SQL. as well as JDBC api (Java Database Connectivity. whereas ODBC requires C/C++ developers to use SQL (Structured Query Language. With our integration approach, it is possible for developers who never worked with databases before to quickly create applications without worrying about how to handle crashes or network failures since Alegra handles these issues automatically through its transaction support. Furthermore, their applications cannot be affected by different versions of databases because Alegra uses a single database name for all database connections – this is especially useful when upgrading databases since users only have to upgrade one version of a database instead of having to upgrade all versions simultaneously – this eliminates most risks associated with upgrading software because there is no need to worry about different versions being incompatible with each other – this issue will be handled automatically by Alegra’s DB abstraction layer – it will map multiple versions of the same database under different names if required – this will prevent data loss caused by upgrades – many companies have lost sales records or customer information due to incompatible upgrades – this risk can be completely eliminated by our integration approach – this approach has been proven effective by MySQL’s InnoDB storage engine – InnoDB is an example of a transactional storage engine that supports transactions – InnoDB is mostly used as a replacement for MyISAM – InnoDB completely replaced MyISAM as MySQL’s default storage engine as soon as InnoDB became available – InnoDB’s success can be attributed directly to its integration with MySQL – InnoDB was integrated with MySQL at the lowest level possible (storage engine level), which made it easy for users to upgrade MySQL without worrying about losing data due to crashes or network failures caused by integrating incompatible versions of MySQL – this approach also ensured that there were no performance penalties when upgrading MySQL because InnoDB was written in C/C++ whereas MyISAM was written in Java – this allowed MySQL users to take advantage of caching provided by InnoDB without sacrificing performance due to translation overhead caused by JIT compilation – this approach also made it easy for users who did not want transaction support to disable transactions without disrupting their applications due to MyISAM compatibility concerns – in order for MySQL users to use InnoDB instead of MyISAM, they only had to change one line in their configuration files (i.e., replace ‘myisam’ with ‘innodb’ in /etc/mysql/my.conf); otherwise nothing else had changed in their applications since MySQL still supported both engines anyway – although this was simple enough for novice users who did not want transaction support, experienced users were able to take advantage of transactions since there were no additional efforts required in upgrading their systems; they could choose between MyISAM and InnoDB at runtime by just setting innodb_file_per_table=1 in their configuration files instead of replacing MyISAM files manually – this flexibility has made it easier for users who did not want transaction support to use transactions while people who needed transaction support could use transactions without changing anything in their applications except changing one line in their configuration files; otherwise nothing else had changed in their applications except for using different engine names instead of MyISAM – this flexibility has greatly increased MySQL’s popularity since it became easy for people who did not want transaction support to use transactions while people who did want transaction support could use transactions easily without changing anything in their applications except changing one line in their configuration files; otherwise nothing else had changed in their applications because MySQL still supported both

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Page reviewed by: Abhinav Girdhar  | Last Updated on March 14,2023 02:59 pm