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From Todd Nine <>
Subject Re: Help with Collection Proxies
Date Thu, 17 Mar 2011 01:14:59 GMT
Hi Michael,
  Thanks for your responses.  The proxy info was very helpful.  Here is
the exact flow I have to implement in order to have persistence ordering
working properly in Cassandra.  Cassandra uses insertion ordering and
sets have the potential to be far too large to sort in memory.  I think
an example would be more appropriate to demonstrate what I'm trying to

User Entity with a One to Many for other users.  We'll name the property
"friends", so we would have this object.

public class User{

private UUID id;

private String firstName;

private String lastName;

@OrderBy("firstName, lastName")
private List<User> friends;

Here is the flow I need

1.Meta data graph is built.
2.  Object is stored
3. For each property with an OrderBy  in the meta data, I must retrieve
the values in the orderBy in the storeObject operation not post save.  

Cassandra is insertion ordering, so I must have the value when I insert

As I persist the user, I need to retrieve the "firstName" property and
the "lastName" property of each instance of dirty entities in my friends
proxy.  This way I can build columns in the format of 

friends+ 0x00 + firstName+0x00 +lastName+0x00 +friend.Id with the
underlying bytes of the properties

When the user loads this collection, it will be pre-sorted by Cassandra
by firstName, then lastName.  Getting field for a name is easy enough
with class and field meta data, however order clauses that are nested
with a "." operation are a bit more difficult.  This is where my
question for utilities stems from.  Is there a method I can call where I
could use something like this.

public Object getValue(OpenJPAStateManager stateManager, String

This would return the runtime value of the field with the given property

Thanks again for the help!


On Wed, 2011-03-16 at 09:06 -0500, Michael Dick wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 15, 2011 at 10:15 PM, Todd Nine <>
> wrote:
>         Hi guys,
>          I have a few questions regarding large sets and ordering and
>         could use
>         some help from the developers.
>         First, everything in Cassandra needs to be write ordering.  I
>         must have
>         the properties of the values that have changed on write in
>         order to
>         correctly build our indexes to support the "OrderBy"
>         annotation
>         properly.   If I were to define an annotation such as this
>         @OrderBy("following.firstName, following.lastName")
> I'm not entirely sure where you were going with this, but here goes. 
> The OrderBy annotation is used to order the elements of a collection
> when an entity is loaded from the database. If you're using the
> OpenJPA internals to get a list of changed attributes they may also
> follow that order, but I think that would be a 'happy coincidence' and
> not something you can rely upon.
> I haven't looked into this in any depth (at least not recently), but I
> think you'd want to start by looking at the
> OperationOrderUpdateManager and ConstraintUpdateManager. 
>         Are there are core API's that exist I can use to pass an
>         object and
>         retrieve the value?  I've had a look at the
>         MetaDataRepository, but I'm
>         unsure how to go about getting the values loaded when the case
>         is a
>         nested object such as above.
> The MetaDataRepository contains data about the entity (how it's fields
> map to the database, column names, etc.). To access the values of a
> particular entity instance you'll probably want to start with its
> StateManager. 
>         Second, we're doing very little when we create our own store
>         configuration.
>         By default, will all collections/maps get wrapped in a Proxy
>         instance
>         once it's been attached to the EM?  We have the potential for
>         huge
>         collections, so they must be proxies after the initial save
>         and we need
>         to be sure that we wrap the collection in a proxy.  Any
>         guidance would
>         be greatly appreciated.
> All second class objects (collections, Date/Timestamps, etc.) are
> wrappered with Proxy classes for better state tracking. The proxies
> are inserted at persist time in OpenJPA 2.0 (it's slightly different
> in earlier versions). 
> Would you need your own proxy? Or are you just interested in ensuring
> we insert an OpenJPA proxy? 
> Hope this helps,
> -mike

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