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From Rainer Döbele <>
Subject Re: DBReader and Joins
Date Sun, 26 Apr 2009 09:54:49 GMT
Hi Marco,
first I assume that you are referring to the DBReader.getBeanList() method, which is a way
of obtaining the results of a query as a list of java bean objects or POJO's.
Empire-db does not depend on POJO's to hold data as OR-Mappers do. Hence we don't assume that
there are POJO's that match the internal data model. In fact you could make transformations
on your colums such as for example concatenating database columns, or perform calculations
or aggregation of columns. After all this is what DBMS are designed for.
So the idea behind the DBReader.getBeanList() method is, that you provide a (flat) java object
that has been exclusively designed to hold the result of your query, because that will give
you the most convenient way to work with the result (e.g. to display the result to the user).
But nevertheless what you want to achieve is also possible, although it requires a little
step in between. Internally Empire-db maps column expressions to bean properties using the
function getBeanPropertyName(). You may provide a name using setBeanPropertyName().
DBColumnExpr mappedExpr ="STREET");
Using the .as() renaming function ensures that the property mapping is only used for this
particular query and not generally for the adress.street column - otherwise you could skip
that. I must admit that we could make this more convenient by allowing something like:"adresss.street"));
But at the moment this is not yet possible. The question is whether it's worth implementing
since as I explained the idea is not to work with POJO's matching the relational model as
OR-Mappers do. So give us a good reason a we'll put it on our list of improvements.

P.S. For more information see

Marco Behler wrote:
> Hi there,
> suppose I have a User class
> public class User {
>        private Address address;
>        ...
> }
> and a select command that looks like:
> I was having a look at the tutorials, but did not find a way or method
> to get DBReader to populate the "address" property of the user object.
> How can that be done?
> Cheers!

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