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From Michael Gentry <>
Subject Re: Automatically aligning ObjectContexts when establishing a relationship
Date Mon, 19 Dec 2016 16:56:47 GMT
I think the current behavior should be kept, or at least the default.  I
can see some value in being able to do this, though:


Allow the developer to set it on a per-context basis when it simplifies
their code and is more explicit and localized.


On Mon, Dec 19, 2016 at 6:00 AM, Andrus Adamchik <>

> We've had a concept of "persistence by reachability" for a long time. When
> a relationship is established between 2 objects, if one of them is in an
> ObjectContext and another one is not, we'd automatically register the
> transient object using the context of the persistent objects.
> Now consider a different case... If a relationship is established between
> 2 objects that are both registered, but in 2 different contexts, the
> current behavior is to throw an exception. I am trying to decide whether it
> is wise to resolve cross-context conflict quietly instead, replacing the
> target object with a copy local to the source ObjectContext by calling
> ObjectContext.localObject(..). This should remove a fair amount of
> boilerplate if you are using multiple contexts throughout the app as I do.
> It doesn't come free though. The the code then becomes more obscure and
> error-prone. E.g.:
> A a = ; // in c1
> B b = ; // in c2
> a.setB(b);              // equivalent to a.setB(c1.localObject(b))
>                         // i.e. we are attaching a different copy of B now.
> b.setProp("newValue");  // we may not realize that we are changing the
> wrong copy...
> c1.commitChanges();     // "b" changes are not committed. oops...
> I am leaning towards leaving things as they are, but maybe someone has
> better ideas on how to keep it both convenient and robust at the same time
> :)
> Thanks,
> Andrus

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