JDO
  1. JDO
  2. JDO-483

Add JDOHelper.isLoaded methods

    Details

    • Type: Improvement Improvement
    • Status: Open
    • Priority: Major Major
    • Resolution: Unresolved
    • Affects Version/s: JDO 2 maintenance release 1 (2.1)
    • Fix Version/s: None
    • Component/s: api, api2-legacy
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      Description

      I'm putting forth a proposal to add a method to JDOHelper that allows users to determine whether or not a given object's field is loaded. There are two options to handle implementations that won't/can't support loaded field checking, especially when detached (essentially binary compatible v. non-binary compatible implementations). Option A adopts an approach that uses Boolean objects instead of primitives, leaving null as a return value for implementations that won't/can't support it. Option B takes an exception-based approach and uses boolean primitives. I'm not sure which I prefer; let's discuss.

      <proposal option="A">

      JDOHelper

      Checking whether fields are loaded

      In some use cases, an application may need to know whether or not a given field is loaded, for example when marshaling data from detached objects to data transfer objects (DTOs).

      Transient fields

      Transient fields are always considered loaded.

      Implementation support

      Some implementations may not be able to support the ability to check the loaded status of a field, especially when the object is detached. If the implementation does not support checking whether a field is loaded, then it must return null from the isLoaded methods.

      Boolean isLoaded(String fieldName, Object pc);

      If the field in the most-derived class of the given object's class identified by the given name is loaded in the given object, Boolean.TRUE is returned. If the field is not loaded, Boolean.FALSE is returned. If the given field name is not declared by the given object's class or its direct or indirect superclasses, then JDOUserException is thrown. If the implementation does not support checking the loaded state of a field, null is returned. This method is equivalent to calling isLoaded(fieldName, pc, pc.getClass());

      Boolean isLoaded(String fieldName, Object pc, Class c);

      This method exists to support the case where a class hides fields defined in a superclass and an application wants to determine the loaded state of the field in the superclass. In most cases, the given Class, c, will be identical to the class of the given object, pc (that is, c == pc.getClass() will return true). If the class of the given object, pc, is a subclass of the given Class, c, then the loaded state of the field defined on c is given. If the given Class c is not identical to the class of or a superclass of the given object, pc, then JDOUserException is thrown. If the given Class represents an interface, then JDOUserException is thrown.

      If the field of the given class is loaded, Boolean.TRUE is returned. If the field is not loaded, Boolean.FALSE is returned. If the implementation does not supporting checking the loaded state of a field, null is returned.

      </proposal>

      <proposal option="B">

      JDOHelper

      Checking whether fields are loaded

      In some use cases, an application may need to know whether or not a given field is loaded, for example, when marshaling data from detached objects to data transfer objects (DTOs).

      Transient fields

      Transient fields are always considered loaded.

      Implementation support

      Some implementations may not be able to support the ability to check the loaded status of a field, especially when the object is detached. If the implementation does not support checking whether a field is loaded, then it must throw JDOUnsupportedOperationException from the isLoaded methods.

      boolean isLoaded(String fieldName, Object pc);

      If the field in the most-derived class of the given object's class identified by the given name is loaded in the given object, true is returned, otherwise false is returned. If the given field name is not defined by the given object's class or its direct or indirect superclasses, then a JDOUserException is thrown. If the implementation does not support checking the loaded state of a field, JDOUnsupportedOptionException is thrown. This method is equivalent to calling isLoaded(fieldName, pc, pc.getClass());

      boolean isLoaded(String fieldName, Object pc, Class c);

      This method exists to support the case where a class hides fields defined in a superclass and an application wants to determine the loaded state of the field in the superclass. In most cases, the given Class, c, will be identical to the class of the given object, pc. If the class of the given object, pc, is a subclass of the given Class, c, then the loaded state of the field defined on c is given. If the given Class c is not identical to the class and is not a superclass of the given object, pc, then a JDOUserException is thrown. If the given Class represents an interface, then JDOUserException is thrown.

      If the field of the given class is loaded, true is returned, otherwise false is returned. If the implementation does not support checking the loaded state of a field, JDOUnsupportedOptionException is thrown.

      </proposal>

        Activity

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        Andy Jefferson added a comment -

        DataNucleus already provides something related. See
        http://datanucleus.svn.sourceforge.net/viewvc/datanucleus/platform/core/trunk/src/java/org/datanucleus/jdo/NucleusJDOHelper.java?revision=9230&view=markup

        String[] NucleusJDOHelper.getDetachedObjectLoadedFields(Object obj, PersistenceManager pm);
        String[] NucleusJDOHelper.getDetachedObjectDirtyFields(Object obj, PersistenceManager pm);

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        Andy Jefferson added a comment - DataNucleus already provides something related. See http://datanucleus.svn.sourceforge.net/viewvc/datanucleus/platform/core/trunk/src/java/org/datanucleus/jdo/NucleusJDOHelper.java?revision=9230&view=markup String[] NucleusJDOHelper.getDetachedObjectLoadedFields(Object obj, PersistenceManager pm); String[] NucleusJDOHelper.getDetachedObjectDirtyFields(Object obj, PersistenceManager pm);

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            Reporter:
            Matthew T. Adams
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