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CDOObjects represent the object instances of the models that your application deals with. Internally each such object is managed by a singleton CDOStateMachine. The state machine accurately transits objects and trees of objects through the states TRANSIENT, NEW, CLEAN, DIRTY, PROXY and CONFLICT. When a CDOObject is in one of the persistent states NEW, CLEAN or DIRTY the state machine associates a CDORevision that carries the current values of the modeled structural features. All revisions created or used in a CDOSession are shared by the CDORevisionMnager of that session. CDOObjects are only known to the CDO client. Only revisions are subject to (network) transfers between client and server.




A CDOObject is basically an EObject with a handful of additional read-only features as the following java code shows:

public interface CDOObject extends EObject
  public CDOClass    cdoClass();
  public CDOID       cdoID();
  public CDOState    cdoState();
  public CDOView     cdoView();
  public CDOResource cdoResource();
  public CDORevision cdoRevision();

The method names differ from the regular Java getter notation to make it less likely that name collisions with your model name space occur. To understand the details about the return types you should browse the JavaDoc.


While a user application always deals with EObjects the internal CDOStateMachine interacts with InternalCDOObjects. Depending on how the EObjects relate to the InternalCDOObjects there are a handful of different categories of CDOObjects, that is, implementations of InternalCDOObject. The following type hierarchy shows an example with the shipped test model installed:


The main categories are:

  • Native objects extend CDOObjectImpl and fall into three sub categories:
    • Generated native objects directly extend CDOObjectImpl and result from slightly modified GenModels
    • Dynamic native objects are of class DynamicCDOObjectImpl and result from dynamic models added to a session's package registry
    • Resources are of class CDOResourceImpl (which also implements CDOObject and thus EObject!)
  • Legacy objects extend EObjectImpl and fall into two sub categories to interface the CDOStateMachine:
    • Unwoven legacy objects interface the state machine via an EMF adapter of class CDOAdapterImpl
    • Woven legacy objects interface the state machine via an AspectJ inter type declaration of class CDOCallbackImpl
  • Meta objects are the EModelElements contained in a session's package registry. Although their state is immutable they interface the state machine via CDOMetaImpl instances so that they can be referenced from ordinary objects.

From a CDO perspective native objects are the most efficient and full featured ones. They are the only category that combine the user application contract and the CDO state machine contract in a single object instance. Whenever possible you should generate your models to produce subclasses of CDOObjectImpl! The following table compares some important characteristics of the different object categories:

Model Type Native Legacy Meta
Dynamic Generated Unwoven Woven
Ecore Unaffected N/A
Genmodel N/A Slightly modified Unaffected
Instance Interface CDOObject EObject EModelObject
Statemachine Interface CDOAdapter CDOCallback CDOMeta
Location of
Internal Values
class DynamicCDOObject Java Byte Code
store CDOObject N/A
view CDOAdapter CDOCallback CDOMeta
id CDOSession
state N/A
Location of
Model Values
per CDOState
NEW CDORevision EObject
CLEAN EModelObject

Client Infra Structure




Read-Only Views

Audit Views


Wikis: CDO | Net4j | EMF | Eclipse

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