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From "Andrus Adamchik (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Commented: (CAY-1512) Change in Behaviour with "Read Property" Methods
Date Wed, 17 Nov 2010 18:09:14 GMT


Andrus Adamchik commented on CAY-1512:

Andrew, I don't quite follow what problem are we solving in this Jira?

> Change in Behaviour with "Read Property" Methods
> ------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: CAY-1512
>                 URL:
>             Project: Cayenne
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: Core Library
>    Affects Versions: 3.0
>            Reporter: Andrew Lindesay
>             Fix For: 3.0.2
> There is an issue that a data object (DO) uses the "readProperty()" method in its accessors
such as "getStartTimestamp()"/"getArtist()" etc... The "readNestedProperty()" does some extra
things like using reflection to get at additional accessors, but "readProperty()" does not.
 This is an inconsistency.
> Simply adding the additional reflection to "readProperty()" is not a good idea because
in the case where an object is not yet related to the model, the reflection can end up infinite-looping
and it is hard to see a logical condition to stop it.
> My suggestion is to add a protected "readPropertyStored()" which will be used by the
accessors such as "getStartTimestamp()"/"getArtist()".  This method will ~not~ use reflection,
but "readProperty()" will do the additional reflection if necessary.  The "readPropertyStored()"
will invoke "readPropertyDirectly()".
> In addition, the "extra reflection" would be serviced through two additional methods
on the data object;
>      readPropertyDerived(..)
> For the case of the "readNestedProperty(..)" the use of reflection into an object which
is ~not~ a data object will be serviced through;
>      readNestedPropertyFromNonDataObject(..)
> Together these changes will allow for consistenecy in the 'read property' behaviour and
will also allow third parties to more easily extend Cayenne's 'read property' behaviours in
order to support more sophisticated 'ready property' behaviour.
> This is a change in behaviour and generated DAO classes would need to be modified to
use 'readPropertyStored()' instead of 'readProperty()'.

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