[hibernate-dev] 6.0 - NativeQuery#getQueryReturns

Steve Ebersole steve at hibernate.org
Wed Jul 26 09:06:52 EDT 2017

In the absence of discussion I am actually leaning toward simply removing
that `NativeQuery#getQueryReturns` method...

Going once....


On Tue, Jun 27, 2017 at 10:54 AM Steve Ebersole <steve at hibernate.org> wrote:

> For 6.0 we need to address a few problems with this method.
> First, although largely minor, is that we have an API contract returning
> SPI references.
> The larger concern is a side-effect of this method in terms of clearing
> previous registered returns if new returns have been added since the
> previous call (if one) to `#getQueryReturns`.  When any of the
> `NativeQuery#addXYZ` methods are called, a "builder" is actually registered
> under the covers.  When `#getQueryReturns` is called all previously
> registered returns are cleared and the currently open builders are executed
> and their generated returns are added to the internal (emptied) list.
> If this were a clean-room impl I would just add a `#register`-style method
> to those return builders and skip the whole queuing of the builders.  But
> that is actually a very dangerous change to make now as it would mean that
> existing apps using this API would still call `#addXYZ` but no returns
> would actually be registered.
> I guess the correct direction depends on whether this method is used and
> for what purpose.  So first, anyone know of usages of these methods either
> from applications or integrations?
> The "safest" option is to:
>    1. document this side-effect
>    2. deprecate this method - it should go away, or be rethought
> And we'd still have to consider the return types.  One option would be to
> temporarily keep around the SPI forms (deprecated) and continue to return
> those.  Ideally we'd retro-deprecate these SPI contracts and the method
> back on 5.2 maintenance release and just drop them on 6.0[1].  Of course if
> anything we know of is using this method, we would need the alternative.
> Thoughts?  Opinions?  Suggestions?
> [1] See my earlier `Continue to add 5.2 deprecations for 6.0 work?`
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