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From "Dan Fabulich (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Commented: (DBUTILS-34) BasicRowProcessor loses any information on database field case
Date Mon, 09 Feb 2009 20:52:02 GMT


Dan Fabulich commented on DBUTILS-34:

Julien's patch keeps an internal map of given keys to keys in lower case.  So you call put("Foo",
value), and the lowerCaseMap maps "foo" to "Foo", and then the "real" HashMap stores ("Foo",

I'm concerned about this patch, because every change has to happen in two phases: first you
update lowerCaseMap, and THEN you update the real map; I strongly suspect that it's not thread-safe
as a result.  (I think the two maps can get out of sync, resulting in corruption.)

More generally, I don't understand the point of this bug.  Why do you need to retrieve the
keys yourself?  Fabio originally wrote "I had to map the database fields to a bean and the
'case' made it impossible" ... but we already have a system for mapping database fields to
bean properties.  It works fine (right?); it's clearly not "impossible."

> BasicRowProcessor loses any information on database field case
> --------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: DBUTILS-34
>                 URL:
>             Project: Commons DbUtils
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>    Affects Versions: 1.0
>            Reporter: Fabio Insaccanebbia
>            Priority: Minor
>         Attachments:, BasicRowProcessor.patch
> In the BasicRowProcessor class there is a comment about the toMap method:
> " This  implementation returns a <code>Map</code> with case insensitive column
names as keys.  Calls to map.get("COL") and map.get("col") return the same value"
> So the "contract" of this method just says that the "get" method is case insensitive.
The current implementation obtains this result by putting all the keys in lowercase. This
way we simply "lose" every information about the case of the fields. If you call the "keys"
iterator, you don't have anymore the keys you inserted, but the "lowercase" version. 
> I find it not completely correct: I would expect the keys to be exactly the ones I set
on the database, also if I can get the value in a case insensitive way.
> I still have to find the idea for a pathc, but I'd like to know if you find my reasoning
> I consider the current behaviour a problem, since I had to map the database fields to
a bean and the "case" made it impossible, even if I had set my database to return mixed case

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