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General Object Retrieval API

Advanced search use-cases supported by Backendless include:

  • Search with a query (a "where clause" search) -retrieves data objects which satisfy a condition.
  • Paged data retrieval - retrieves a "page" of data of the given size from the specified offset.
  • Sorted data object retrieval - retrieves a collection of data objects sorted by specified properties.
  • Retrieval of related objects - fetching data objects through special "relation" properties. See retrieval of related data objects.
  • Calculating aggregate values for a collection of objects - retrieves sum, average, min, max or count for all or a subset of objects in a table. See Aggregate Functions for more details.

Backendless supports the options listed above with a special class - DataQueryBuilder. The class includes various properties to configure paging and sorting, specify a search query (the where clause), and/or to request retrieval of objects for specific related properties. The DataQueryBuilder class provides the following methods:

Argument                Description
Create creates a new instance of DataQueryBuilder.
SetWhereClause sets a search query. A query must be in the SQL-92 syntax (the "where" clause part).
SetSortBy sets a collection of column names to sort the data objects in the response by.
SetRelated sets an collection of related columns names. Objects from the related columns are included into the response. For information about relation retrieval, see the Relations (Retrieve) chapter of the documentation.
SetRelationsDepth sets the number of "levels" in the hierarchy of related objects to include into the response.
SetPageSize sets the page size - which is the number of objects to return in the response. Maximum value is 100. For more information on paging, see the Data retrieval with Paging section.
SetOffset sets the offset - an index in the server-side storage from where the data objects should be retrieved.
SetGroupBy Used with Aggregate Functions. Sets the name of a column to group the results by.
AddGroupBy Used with Aggregate Functions. Add the name of the columns to the existing groupBy collection to group the results by.
SetHavingClause Used with Aggregate Functions. Sets a condition on a aggregate function to filter groups.

Method Signature

Blocking API

// Return value from the server is a collection of java.util.Map objects; 
IList<Dictionary<string, object>> result;

// The data table must be identified by name. The API
// returns a collection of Dictionary objects.
DataQueryBuilder queryBuilder = DataQueryBuilder.Create();

// set query builder properties to indicate what should be retrieved from the server
queryBuilder..... = 

result = Backendless.Data.Of( "TABLE-NAME" ).Find( queryBuilder );
IList<E> result = Backendless.Data.Of<E>().Find( DataQueryBuilder queryBuilder );

Non-Blocking API

Backendless.Data.Of( "TABLE-NAME" ).Find( 
                      DataQueryBuilder query, 
                      AsyncCallback<IList<Dictionary<string, object>>> );
Backendless.Data.Of<E>().Find( DataQueryBuilder queryBuilder, 
                                  AsyncCallback<IList<E>> );


Argument                Description
TABLE-NAME Name of the table to retrieve data from.
E a .NET class identifying the table to retrieve data from. The name of the class must match the name of the table.
queryBuilder an instance of DataQueryBuilder - contains the search query and other search options.
responder a responder object which will receive a callback when the search operation returns the result. Applies to the non-blocking method only.

Return Value

The blocking method returns a collection of objects found as a result of the query execution. The non-blocking call receives the return value through a callback executed on the AsyncCallback object.


For examples on using the advanced object retrieval API, see the following sub-sections: