Type: New Feature
Affects Version/s: SVN trunk
Fix Version/s: None
As discussed on the dev list here: http://ofbiz.markmail.org/thread/l6kiywqzfj656dhc
Attached is an initial implementation of builder classes (of sorts) that make use of method chaining in order to simplify use of the Delegator interface to query entities.
Rather than taking all possible query parameters into a single method as the delegator does, this implementation instead builds a query through a succession of distinct method calls.
A simple example:
A more complex example:
A couple of issues with the implementation so far that I'm not entirely happy with:
- I'm not so sure that I like EntityBuilderUtil.list(delegator) in place of something like EntityList.use(delegator). The latter requires less typing and I think is more intuitive than typing EntityBuilderUtil because of its similarities to the corresponding minilang method calls, I actually kept having trouble remembering what it was called when converting some delegator calls over. It also requires a little more typing (16-17 characters vs. 12-13), not a big deal but every little bit helps with what would be a very commonly used class.
- I'm struggling to see the point of having the GenericQueryBuilder interface, the two classes share very little in the way of API and its use seems a little superfluous to me.
Opinions on the above points or anything else to do with the implementation are most welcome. I'd like to get the API locked down (and hopefully some javadocs in place) before committing.