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From "Andrus Adamchik (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (CAY-1559) Use Lifecycle Annotations as markers on PersistentObject methods
Date Fri, 28 Jun 2013 15:58:22 GMT


Andrus Adamchik commented on CAY-1559:

> I can work on getting some unit tests done this weekend. 

Greatly appreciated.

> I will also look into skipping over the _Class as you suggest. I haven't noticed any
negative impact on startup but our largest project that uses Cayenne only consists of about
85 entities. 

Then maybe let's not over-complicate things until we have some profiling data showing there
is a bottleneck processing those annotations. I may have a chance to do profiling in the next
week or two.
> Use Lifecycle Annotations as markers on PersistentObject methods
> ----------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: CAY-1559
>                 URL:
>             Project: Cayenne
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: Core Library
>    Affects Versions: 3.1M3, 3.1 (final), Short term future, Undefined future
>            Reporter: Mike M Pestorich
>            Priority: Trivial
>              Labels: annotations, listener
>             Fix For: 3.2M2
>         Attachments: LifecycleAnnotationMarker.patch
> In my current project I have various abstract classes that my persistent objects inherit
from. While experimenting with various new ways of using lifecycle listeners and their corresponding
annotations available in 3.1, I found myself wanting to annotate a method on one of those
abstract classes (say with @PostAdd) and have it act as a callback on all of its subclasses.
Out of the box, I could get this to work the way I wanted by doing something like:
> public class SomeAbstractPersistantObject {
>     ...
>     @PostAdd(SomeAbstractPersistantObject.class)
>     public void onPostAdd(Object object)
>     {
>         object.getObjectId() ... 
>     }
> }
> And then later on registering the listener by doing something like:
> serverRuntime.getDataDomain().getEntityResolver().getCallbackRegistry().addListener(new
> The problem was that I didn't what to have to instantiate an object just to register
it, or for that matter even have to register the listener in the first place. My callback
is already part of the PersistentObject that it applies to and as such should "just work"
for that object or anything that extends it. I wanted to be able to do something like:
> public class SomeAbstractPersistantObject {
>     ...
>     @PostAdd
>     public void onPostAdd()
>     {
>         this.getObjectId() ... 
>     }
> }
> And that's it. Listeners/Callbacks defined in this manner are registered when lazy initialization
of the callback registry occurs within the EntityResolver. All I have to do now is annotate
a method within the persistent object that I want it to act on and don't have to worry about
anything else.
> I don't know if this sort of thing would be useful to anyone but I have attached a patch
that I believe does just that. I have been using it for a couple of days now and it seems
to be working as intended without breaking the other available means of using lifecycle listeners.

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