[jboss-user] [EJB 3.0] - Re: Using own Classes as member for ManyToMany-Assotiations

DrGorb do-not-reply at jboss.com
Sat Feb 9 08:56:57 EST 2008

After reading your post (I had the same problem) I tried every descendant of java.util.Collection. It worked only with java.util:collection itself.

the nice thing is that without specifying anything, JBoss created a link table between the two entities. Which is what should be done.


   * @return the roles
      cascade={CascadeType.PERSIST, CascadeType.MERGE} 
  public Collection < Role > getRoles() {
    if(roles == null) {
      roles = new LinkedList < Role >();
    return roles;
   * this setter must exist for hibernate but be private because we don't want anyone to use it
   * @param roles the roles to set
  private void setRoles(Collection < Role > roles) {
    this.roles = roles;

When the Roles are read from the database, the Class used for the roles Collection is org.hibernate.collection.PersistentBag

It would actually be nice to be able to choose a type that disallows duplicates in the list. Because now I have to catch the exception upon "persist".

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