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From Andrus Adamchik <>
Subject Re: Case-sensitivity problems with columns (DbAttributes)
Date Mon, 15 Jun 2015 15:15:52 GMT
Hi John,

IIRC you can force PostgreSQL (or any other DB really) to treat column names as case-sensitive
by including them in double quotes when creating and querying the tables. In Cayenne this
means setting "Quote SQL Identifiers" to "on" in the DataMap and using explicit double quotes
in SQLTemplate.

Not going to help with "SELECT * FROM", but should address all other cases.

> Like forcing or providing a switch to ensure DbAttribute names are
> lowercase?

If the above doesn't help, you can probably decorate DataMapLoader service to conditionally
convert loaded DataMap to lower case DbAttributes (if you can access DataSource and determine
DB type prior to project loading), or do that in the EntityResolver after ServerRuntime startup
(less clean, but same end result).


> On Jun 13, 2015, at 12:13 AM, John Huss <> wrote:
> I've run into problems a few times caused by case-mismatch issues with
> columns (DbAttributes).
> The primary one being when I have SQLTemplate queries that return actual
> DataObjects.  If the DbAttribute is declared with mixed case (myTablePK)
> then my query just returns a list of nulls because it can't find the pk
> field to create an ObjectId.  I'm using postgres mostly which is not
> case-sensitive and returns the columns in lowercase it seems.
> What do you think about changing some of this behavior?
> Like forcing or providing a switch to ensure DbAttribute names are
> lowercase?
> Or doing more intelligent matching that ignores case as much as possible?
> I.E. if there are no duplicate columns when ignoring case, then ignore case?
> John

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