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From "Craig L Russell (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (JDO-702) Support for specification of embedded inherited objects
Date Fri, 26 Oct 2012 17:33:12 GMT

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Craig L Russell commented on JDO-702:
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A bit more descriptive for Chapter 18:

The optional discriminator attribute specifies the column to be used as the discriminator
for the embedded object. This column would be used in case the type of the embedded object
has subclasses.

And in 15.4:

Mapping embedded objects supports inheritance . In this case, the discriminator attribute
would specify the discriminator strategy.

svn 1402590

                
> Support for specification of embedded inherited objects
> -------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: JDO-702
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/JDO-702
>             Project: JDO
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>          Components: api, specification, tck
>    Affects Versions: JDO 3 (3.0)
>            Reporter: Andy Jefferson
>            Assignee: Craig L Russell
>             Fix For: JDO 3 maintenance release 1 (3.1)
>
>         Attachments: JDO-702.patch, JDO-702-test.patch
>
>
> While JDO2+ allows specification of embedded objects stored with primary objects, it
doesn't have any specific way of specifying the embedded object as being inherited and how
you would persist it. In particular there is no way to define a discriminator (column) for
the embedded object. If we have an example from the JDO spec, and if we have a subclass of
Address as also persistable, then we need to specify the discriminator for "primaryAddress"
field.
> <class name="Employee" table="EMP">
>     ...
>     <!-- field type is Address -->
>     <field name="primaryAddress">
>         <embedded null-indicator-column="PADDR_STREET">
>             <discriminator column="PADDR_DISCRIM"/>
>             <field name="street" column="PADDR_STREET"/>
>             <field name="city" column="PADDR_CITY"/>
>             <field name="state" column="PADDR_STATE"/>
>             <field name="zip" column="PADDR_ZIPCODE"/>
>         </embedded>
>     </field>
> </class>
> So the XSD/DTD need updates to allow <discriminator> under <embedded>, the
JDO Metadata API needs to allow this also, and the @Embedded annotation needs a "discriminator"
attribute adding.

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