[hibernate-dev] Patch for HHH-272: Custom SQL for column gets and sets

Rob Hasselbaum rob at hasselbaum.net
Sat Sep 5 09:21:43 EDT 2009


Any additional input before I upload a new patch?


On 09/03/2009 10:28 PM, Rob Hasselbaum wrote:
> Hi Steve,
> Thanks for the feedback. I am working on moving the patch to trunk as 
> you requested. I'll update the bug when that's done. My comments on 
> the rest of your feedback are inline below.
> On 09/03/2009 04:39 PM, Steve Ebersole wrote:
>> 1) Personally, I don't like the attribute names sql-get and sql-set.
>> When I think through trying to describe and explain this feature to
>> people, the terms "wrap" and "unwrap" keep coming to my head as being
>> descriptive, relevant and natural.  It was really the "naturalness"
>> aspect that got me with sql-get and sql-set.  Other terms I could think
>> of included encode/decodeAny other suggestions?   
> I went with "sql-set" and "sql-get" because they are consistent with 
> the existing "sql-type" attribute and make sense to me, but I'm not 
> married to the terms. Wrap and unwrap sound good, too. Bear in mind 
> that the expressions need not be function calls, which wrap and unwrap 
> might suggest. The functional tests do math, for instance.
>> 2) Can anyone foresee a valid use-case for allowing one of these to be
>> defined w/o the other?  The only thing I came up with was for immutable
>> properties.  So something like <column name="xyz" unwrap="decode(xyz)"
>> insert="false" update="false"/>, which can also be defined using a
>> formula like <formula>decode(xyz)</formula>.  The reason I ask is that
>> if they should always be used together then maybe it is better to
>> enforce that in the DTD and/or binder
> I couldn't think of a use case for a one-way conversion either. In 
> fact, you could end up reading out a different value than the one you 
> put in if you're not careful. But I'd regret adding an artificial 
> restriction if someone came up with a legitimate use case next year.
>> 3) You renamed the getTemplate method on Selectable to
>> getGetterTemplate.  Everything in the o.h.mapping package is an SPI that
>> is used by many other libraries.  We need to be very careful about
>> changing stuff in here.  I am not sure if folks bind to this particular
>> method.  But since this is just a cosmetic change, I think it should be
>> reverted.
> Sorry, this was an oversight. At first, I thought I was going to need 
> to store a setter template in addition to a getter template in the 
> Column class,  It turned out that I didn't need it, but I forgot to 
> revert the name of the getter template. I'll fix that.
>> Still not done looking through the whole patch.  Will try to finish up
>> tomorrow.
> Thanks,
> -Rob

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