There are two methods which retrieve model data.


Can anyone explain what is the difference between them ? Any help will be appreciated.

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    Nevermind, I didn't mean that. so I just wanna clarify confusing areas in magento. Because I have moved this e-commerce platform recently.
    – Sukeshini
    Commented Sep 30, 2013 at 16:24

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getOrigData() returns the data in the object at the time it was initialised/populated.

After the model is initialised you can update that data and getData() will return what you currently have in that object.

Have a look at Varien_Object (getOrigData,setOrigData), grep -R "origData" app/ so you can have a look at what is used.

In EE, it's very useful to log what is changed (Enterprise_Logging) module.


This is easiest explained by an example:

$product = Mage::getModel('catalog/product')->load(123);
$product->getData('something'); // returns "foo"
$product->setData('something', 'bar');
$product->getData('something');     // returns "bar"
$product->getOrigData('something'); // returns "foo"

In a nutshell, every model (once loaded) will make a copy of the originally loaded data and store it in Model_Class::_origData property. This makes it possible to do optimizations for _beforeSave calls so that queries only modify the changed data and not rewrite the same data all the time.

Also, any time you call setData() a flag is set that the model has changed data. You can check if a model has changed data by calling $model->hasDataChanges().


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