Demo Models

Data Models

Demo Models

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Representing Data in Go

The intermediary state between our database/datastore and output JSON (or HTML views, etc.) is going to be our data model structs in the models/ directory. We will also use this directory for specifying our request/response (frequently JSON) models, as well as the various DB-related models that we might need, i.e., model for the result of a JOIN query.


Since we're storing "gophers" in our MySQL database, let's create a model in models/gopher.go to represent that DB table:

package models
            import (
            type Gopher struct {
                ID        uint64    `json:"id"`
                FullName  string    `json:"fullName"`
                Headline  string    `json:"headline"`
                AvatarURL string    `json:"avatarUrl"`
                CreatedAt time.Time `json:"-"`
                UpdatedAt time.Time `json:"-"`
            const getGophersPaginatedQuery = `SELECT * FROM gopher ORDER BY created_at DESC LIMIT ? OFFSET ?;`
            func (gopher *Gopher) FindByID() error {
                return db.Where("id = ?", gopher.ID).First(&gopher).Error
            func (gopher *Gopher) Create() error {
                return db.Create(&gopher).Error
            func (gopher *Gopher) UpdateMeta() error {
                return db.Table("gopher").Where("id = ?", gopher.ID).Updates(map[string]interface{}{
                    "full_name":  gopher.FullName,
                    "headline":   gopher.Headline,
                    "avatar_url": gopher.AvatarURL,
            func GetGophers(limit, offset int64) ([]Gopher, error) {
                var gophers []Gopher
                // Technically this query could go through GORM natively, but just showing off raw SQL query functionality!
                if err := db.Raw(getGophersPaginatedQuery, limit, offset).Scan(&gophers).Error; err != nil {
                    return nil, err
                return gophers, nil

User (virtual, for convenience)

Since frequently applications will have users, we'll add the boilerplate model in models/user.go since it is used in some of our middleware code, however, the DB table does not exist, so we will mock our DB methods.

package models
            type User struct {
                ID       uint64 `json:"-"`
                FullName string `json:"-"`
            func (user *User) FindByID() error {
                user.ID = 1
                user.FullName = "Demo User"
                return nil
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