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From "Thoralf Rickert (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Created: (TORQUE-23) DeepCopy
Date Mon, 29 May 2006 08:53:29 GMT

         Key: TORQUE-23
         URL: http://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/TORQUE-23
     Project: Torque
        Type: New Feature

  Components: Generator  
    Reporter: Thoralf Rickert
    Priority: Minor

I've a small problem with the copy() and copyInto() methods in the generated Torque objects.
I've tables with dependencies from other tables (for example a table "login" which has a foreign
key to a table "address"). I want to use the BaseAddress.copy() method to copy the address
object and save it. If I use this method, it also loads and copies internally all logins which
are linked to the source address to the new address. So, it makes a deep copy.

If the object "Address" has many hundreds related objects of "Login" this deep copy makes
a lot that is sometimes not necessary. So, it's better to let the user/programmer decide if
there program should do a deep copy or not.

The best way would be, that there is a copy(boolean) method that should be added during BaseAddress
generation. I think, it's not very complicated to add this "feature". Here is my proposal:

1. add in Object.vm a new boolean parameter to copy() like this
    public $table.JavaName copy(boolean deepcopy) throws TorqueException
        return copyInto(new ${table.JavaName}(),deepcopy);
2. create two new downwards compatible methods copy() and copyInto()
    public $table.JavaName copy() throws TorqueException
        return copy(true);
    protected $table.JavaName copyInto($table.JavaName copyObj) throws TorqueException
        return copyInto(copyObject, true);
3. add a new parameter deepcopy to the old copyInto() method and check that variable before
making the
   deepcopy. I think, it's not necessary to submit that value recursivly to the referers.
    protected $table.JavaName copyInto($table.JavaName copyObj, boolean) throws TorqueException
  #if ($complexObjectModel)
        if (deepcopy) {
    #foreach ($fk in $table.Referrers)

Maybe I can create a patch for you.

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