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From Thorsten Elfert <thorsten.elf...@db.com>
Subject Empty ArrayList instead of null in ResultSet
Date Thu, 15 Nov 2007 13:43:52 GMT

I try to implement the mapping of a 1:m relationship. Whereas the 
associated collection could also be empty . For the following example I 
used the Entities TestCaseParameters and TestCaseSubstitutions.In which 
TestCaseSubstitutions is associated as ArrayList to TestCaseParameter.

I am wondering about the following result. Even if no data was found for 
TestCaseSubstitutions an empty ArrayList gets instantiated.

You can see this behaviour in the following dump of the resulting objects:
TestCaseParameter ( ...  substitutes = []     ), ......, substitutes = []  
  )]     )

(I deleted all the irrelevant stuff)

So, every time - even when no data for the associated table could be 
loaded the ArrayList gets somehow instantiated with empty content.
My expectation was, that the attribute substitutes would just be "null". 

For better understanding find below an extract of the corresponding result 

        <resultMap id="testcaseparameter-result" class=
"test.com.db.rocs.dao.helper.TestCaseParameter"  >
                <result property="id" column="TEST_CASE_PARAMETER_ID" />
                <result property="substitutes" column=
"TEST_CASE_PARAMETER_ID" select="getTestCaseSubstitutes" />

        <resultMap id="testcasesubstitutes-result" class=
                <result property="dtoSetter" column="DTO_SETTER" />

Is it somehow possible to tell iBatis  what to do in this case? Or did I 
misinterpret this behaviour?

Thanks for your help!


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