Has and belongs to many (HABTM) is the most complex model association available in CakePHP. This association type allows you to define many-to-many relationships in your data model, for example, in an inventory management application, where packages might be stored in different warehouses, and each warehouse might have several packages. This is a typical many-to-many relationship between packages and warehouses.
To model this association, you'll need to use three tables in your database: the
packages table to store the data related to your packages, the
warehouses table, and the
packages_warehouses table, where the association itself is defined. The
packages_warehouses table will have three columns by convention:
warehouse_id. We'll use this table to store the IDs of the associated models.
Of course, you could manage this table manually, keeping track of the association data and performing the changes that are required. However, CakePHP...