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From Jakob Braeuchi <jbraeu...@gmx.ch>
Subject Re: Problem: Copy field values
Date Mon, 14 Mar 2005 21:11:20 GMT
hi armin,

i must admit that i did not like the idea of using sqlType at the first 
look... because we mix caching functionality with sql stuff.
but after a little debugging (just trying to understand the code) i 
think it may be the easiest way to go, simply because we now all 
possible field types.
another approach could be to demand the mutable field-types have to be 
serializable, this is imo not a big restriction.

Armin Waibel schrieb:

> Hi all,
> today I checked in some changes and a new interface 
> ...metadata.FieldType which help to copy and compare field values of 
> persistent objects. This is used in ObjectCacheTwoLevelImpl to copy 
> persistent objects and it's used in odmg.ObjectEnvelope to take an 
> image of a locked object.
> The basic problem is how can we make an image or a copy of a 
> persistent object, how to copy the object fields?
> On OJB java-field-type level a field (of a persistent class) could be 
> all kind of class, because the user can declare a field-conversion in 
> the field-descriptor, thus we don't know the field type in the 
> persistent object.
> So it's not possible to image/copy field values on this level, because 
> the fields don't have to implement Serializeable or Cloneable.
> If we convert the fields to the sql-field-type using the javaToSql 
> field-conversion we know the type of the field (performance issue when 
> using complex field-conversions?), because this is declared in the 
> field-descriptor and we are using the jdbc type / java type mapping of 
> the JDBC specification:
> VARCHAR --> String
> VARBINARY --> byte[]
> DATE --> Date
> ...
> Now we know the type of the field. All possible types, FieldType 
> implementation classes, are defined in the new class 
> metadata.FieldTypeClasses as static inner classes.
> We differ two base types:
> - Immutable, like String, Integer, Long,...
> - Mutable, like Date, Timestamp, byte[],...
> To copy immutable types is easy, use the field value itself. 
> Problematic are mutable types (copy values, compare values) and 
> mutable types that behave like immutable types, because we can't 
> handle them (like Blob, Clob, Struct,...).
> How should we handle these "exotic" types?
> regards,
> Armin
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