Best Practices for Many-To-One and One-To-Many Association Mappings
In bidirectional one-to-many/many-to-one relationship, the target side has a reference back to the source entity as well. The annotation. One the other hand, the unidirectional @OneToMany association is simpler way to map a @OneToMany relationship with JPA and Hibernate. The mapping of associations with JPA and Hibernate seems to be easier than it is. The definition of an unidirectional one-to-many association doesn't So, in this example, the item table has to have a fk_order column.
Instead of two tables, we now have three tables, so we are using more storage than necessary. Instead of only one Foreign Key, we now have two of them. However, since we are most likely going to index these Foreign Keys, we are going to require twice as much memory to cache the index for this association.
With this annotation in place, when persisting the three PostComment entities, we get the following SQL output: This way, Hibernate inserts the child records first without the Foreign Key since the child entity does not store this information.
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During collection handling phase, the Foreign Key column is updated accordingly. The same logic applies to collection state modifications, so when removing the firsts entry from the child collection: Afterward, when the collection is processed, the orphan removal action will execute the child row delete statement.
So, is a java. The parent entity, Post, features two utility methods e. You should always provide these methods whenever you are working with a bidirectional association as, otherwise, you risk very subtle state propagation issues.
The child entity, PostComment, implement the equals and hashCode methods.
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Since we cannot rely on a natural identifier for equality checkswe need to use the entity identifier instead. However, you need to do it properly so that equality is consistent across all entity state transitions.
If we persist three PostComment s: Just ManyToOne Just because you have the option of using the OneToMany annotation, it does not mean this should be the default option for every one-to-many database relationship. The problem with collections is that we can only use them when the number of child records is rather limited. Therefore, in reality, OneToMany is practical only when many means few.
Why does Hibernate execute so many queries and introduce an additional association table? In your table model, you normally use a foreign key column on the to-many side of the association to store a reference to the associated record.
Hibernate uses the same approach when you model a bidirectional one-to-many or an unidirectional many-to-one relationship. It uses the foreign key column to map the association. So, Hibernate introduces an association table to store the foreign keys. You can avoid this table if you specify the foreign key column with a JoinColumn annotation.
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This column has to be part of the table of the to-many side of the association. So, better use a bi-directional instead of a unidirectional one-to-many association. Avoid the mapping of huge to-many associations I know, mapped to-many associations are useful, especially when you want to join entities in a JPQL query.
But Hibernate loads all associated entities when it initializes the association. That can take several seconds or even minutes when Hibernate has to fetch several thousand entities. So, better use an unidirectional many-to-one association. That allows you to fetch a number of entities that you can handle in your business logic or present to the user.
Think twice before using CascadeType. Remove Cascade remove is another feature that works well on small to-many associations.
Using it for one-to-many or many-to-one associations is not as dangerous as it is for many-to-many relationships. The following mapping tells Hibernate to remove all associated Item entities when it deletes the PurchaseOrder entity. So, Hibernate needs to select all associated Item entities and remove them one by one. Deleting the associated entities one by one can create an overhead that is huge enough that you should better remove them with a JPQL query.
If you want to spend some extra effort, you can update the caches programmatically. The following code snippet shows an example that removes all entities from the first level cache before it calls a JPQL query to remove all Item entities associated to a given Order entity.
Then you can call the clear method to detach all entities from the current persistence context and to remove them from the first level cache.