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From Rohit <>
Subject Re: [DISCUSS] get back update status after invoking executeUpdate(...)
Date Mon, 12 Aug 2013 16:38:57 GMT

In order to start contributing to the Metamodel. 
As a first step can I provide you a patch of this, 
then you can guide further ?

On 11-Aug-2013, at 3:30 PM, Kasper Sørensen <> wrote:

> The main development branch is 'master'. The .executeUpdate(...) method is
> in the subinterface UpdateableDataContext.
> My point is that you can provide an update script with many operations in
> one go. Take this example:
> UpdateStatus status = dataContext.executeUpdate(new UpdateScript() {
>>  public void run(UpdateCallback cb) {
>>    cb.insertInto(table).value(...).execute();
>>    cb.insertInto(table).value(...).execute();
>>    cb.update(table).where(...).value(...).execute();
>>    cb.deleteFrom(table).where(...).execute();
>>  }
>> });
> In this example we know that 2 records have been inserted. Some amount of
> records have been updated (that may or may not be reported by the backing
> datastore) and some amount of records have been deleted (that may or may
> not have been reported by the backing datastore).
> Getting a list of affected records would be very complicated IMO, and would
> only be consistent if done at the time of the transaction. That means that
> if we even figure out how to do it, we also have to do it eagerly, which is
> obviously not a good thing to do since I think getting that list is a
> feature that would not apply to most use cases.
> The idea about doing this in a multithreaded/nonblocking fashion is
> interesting. It would definately have to be an option in my opinion, since
> I think the interface right now indicates that the executeUpdate method
> will return succesfully when the update is done (ie. it throws those
> exceptions that may arise during the update, and an unblocking variant
> would not be able to do that).
> 2013/8/11 Rohit <>
>> My point is why do we need 3 methods to provide the status ? We can use
>> one method to provide the status (Returns a boolean if update operation a
>> done or not) and other to provide a list of affected rows/objects keys,
>> this would be less memory intensive.
>> And in case of deletion we can throw a custom exception stating " since
>> this is a delete operation we cannot provide affected rows".
>>>>>>> public interface UpdateStatus {
>>>>>>>  public <List or Collection> getAffectedRowsKeys(); or
>> getRowsKeys(); or getKeys() throws MetaModelException;
>>                   public Boolean isDone();
>>>>>>> }
>> I see following remote branches in git repo:
>>  remotes/origin/HEAD -> origin/master
>>  remotes/origin/hbase-module
>>  remotes/origin/master
>> Which is the current development branch as I couldn't find executeUpdate
>> in DataContext ?
>> On 11-Aug-2013, at 1:04 PM, Kasper Sørensen <
>>> wrote:
>>> I agree on the reasoning here, but getting a list of affected rows may
>>> prove to be both quite difficult (from consistency point of view it
>>> needs to be created immediately after some update - how can that be
>>> implemented in an effecient manner (lazy, since you wouldn't always
>>> want to get this list, but then consistency is gone), and how to
>>> guarantee that those rows are even available (e.g. after a DELETE
>>> statement in a JDBC database, you cannot get the rows anymore)), and
>>> too memory intensive (updates can be anything from a single record to
>>> millions of records).
>>> That's why I think the three methods (maybe with an additional fourth
>>> method, returning the total num. of affected rows) is the best initial
>>> set of methods.
>>> 2013/8/11 Rohit <>:
>>>> Having an abstraction for communicating status would be a cleaner
>> approach. As it allows us to extend the functionality if required in future.
>>>> For Example:
>>>> Lets say we are executing executeUpdate in multithreaded env. then we
>> can provide methods to check the status of the update. (running or done).
>>>> Also rather than having methods returning int I think we should return
>> a collection of Affected Rows.
>>>> And rather than having multiple methods for insert/delete/update just
>> have a single method returning the affected rows.
>>>> I think making so will make the API simpler yet functional.
>>>>>>> public interface UpdateStatus {
>>>>>>> public <List or Collection> getAffectedRows(); or just
use getRows()
>>>>>>> }
>>>> -RS
>>>> On 10-Aug-2013, at 10:09 PM, Kasper Sørensen <
>>> wrote:
>>>>> My experience with returning something like an
>>>>> int/String/other-simple-type is that it seems to fit the purpose at
>>>>> first, but then someone asks "couldn't we also get the status of
>>>>> [something], too?" ... and then you regret not encapsulating the
>>>>> return value so that you could just add another getter on it.
>>>>> 2013/8/10 Henry Saputra <>:
>>>>>> We could just make the executeUpdate just return number of elements
>>>>>> affected similar to relational databases.
>>>>>> It would be simpler and serve similar purpose.
>>>>>> - Henry
>>>>>> On Fri, Aug 9, 2013 at 12:15 AM, Kasper Sørensen <
>>>>>>> wrote:
>>>>>>> Allow me to also bump this issue.
>>>>>>> Since this would be a change that would not be compile-time
>>>>>>> incompatible with previous versions, I suggest we introduce at
>>>>>>> the return type of the method now. Since everyone moving the
>>>>>>> MetaModel from the old metamodel would anyways have to recompile,
>> they
>>>>>>> would not feel the runtime incompatibility of void vs.
>> SomeReturnType.
>>>>>>> By now I suggest we just keep a very simple returned interface
>>>>>>> we can always choose to expand (implemented internally, not by
>>>>>>> consumers). For instance something like:
>>>>>>> public interface UpdateStatus {
>>>>>>> public int getInsertedRows();
>>>>>>> public int getUpdatedRows();
>>>>>>> public int getDeletedRows();
>>>>>>> }
>>>>>>> This should be quite easy to implement once and reuse for most
of the
>>>>>>> modules. For some datastores it might not be information that
we can
>>>>>>> retrieve, so the interface should also specify an extraordinary
>>>>>>> e.g. "if -1 is returned it means that it is not known how many
>>>>>>> where inserted/updated/deleted"
>>>>>>> Kasper
>>>>>>> 2013/7/24 Kasper Sørensen <>:
>>>>>>>> In the current API design of MetaModel, the
>>>>>>> DataContext.executeUpdate(...)
>>>>>>>> method is a void method. This was initially chosen because
not all
>>>>>>>> implementations have the capability to report anything about
>> particular
>>>>>>>> update. But some do, for instance the no. of inserted, updated
>> deleted
>>>>>>>> records from a JDBC call. It would be nice to expose this
>> information
>>>>>>> when
>>>>>>>> available.
>>>>>>>> My suggestion for this would be to let the
>> DataContext.executeUpdate(...)
>>>>>>>> method return an object with this information. All methods
on the
>> new
>>>>>>> object
>>>>>>>> type would be optionally returning null, if no information
>> available.
>>>>>>> But
>>>>>>>> when available, we can at least expose it this way.
>>>>>>>> The change wouldn't have a major impact, since any project
>>>>>>> MetaModel
>>>>>>>> would already need to recompile because of the namespace
change to
>>>>>>>> org.apache.metamodel. And the change would be compile-time
>> compatible
>>>>>>> with
>>>>>>>> having a void return type.

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