A dummy datasource for CakePHP

I was recently developing a project at work which at the beginning didn’t need a database. However, Cake was still testing the database connection and issuing a warning as a result when it couldn’t connect. My solution was to create a dummy datasource which silenced the warnings and allowed me to get on with the rest of development in relative peace.

The scope of the project changed and a database was required. The dummy datasource had to go so I thought I’d share it here before it was thrown to the winds.

Here’s the datasource, which belongs in models/datasources/dbo/dbo_dummy.php:

    function connect(){
            $this->connected = true;
            return true;

    function disconnect(){
            $this->connected = false;
            return true;

} ?>

To use the datasource use the following in your config/database.php:

    var $default = array(
            'driver' => 'dummy',
            'host' => '',
            'login' => '',
            'password' => '',
            'database' => '',

} ?>