Extend Existing Models

Learn how you can leverage the Entity Builder while using your own database model.

  • Alexandro Martínez
    by Alexandro Martínez
    9 months ago
  • Goals:

    • Add a model at schema.prisma.

    • Extend it with the Custom Entity Builder.


    💿 First, open the schema.prisma file and add the following model:

    model JobPost {
      id     String  @id @default(cuid())
      rowId  String  @unique
      row    Row     @relation(fields: [rowId], references: [id], onDelete: Cascade)
      title  String
      type   String // Fixed - Hourly
      budget Decimal

    💿 On the Row model, add 2 properties:

    • jobPostId - Nullable String? (not all Rows will be job posts)

    • jobPost - Nullable JobPost?

    model Row {
      id                String         @id @default(cuid())
      jobPostId         String?
      jobPost           JobPost?

    This property name will be important, so take note if you have jobPost or JobPost.

    💿 Add a migration to update the database:

    npx prisma migrate dev --name added_job_post_model

    💿 Start your app, and add the JobPost Custom Entity.


    The name value should be the same as the one on the Row model (jobPost or JobPost).

    Job Post Entity

    💿 For each field, click on Show advanced options and set Is dynamic to false.

    Job Post Property is not Dynamic

    You should have at least these 3 properties:

    Job Post Properties

    💿 Add a Job Post.

    New Job Post

    There will be an error, since we're trying to access the properties for an object that is not included on the database query (e.g. row.jobPost.title).

    Job Post Details Error

    💿 Add the jobPost property to the includeRowDetails constant:

    export const includeRowDetails = {
    + jobPost: true,
      createdByUser: true,

    💿 Reload the job post.

    Job Post

    💿 List all the Job Posts.

    Job Posts

    💿 Update all the fields.

    Job Post Updated

    💿 Open a new terminal window an run prisma studio to browser the JobPosts model/table rows.

    npx prisma studio
    Job Post Prisma Studio Rows

    💿 Finally, delete the job post.

    Job Post Deleted

    I hope this quick guide was useful! Let me know if you have any questions.

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