CDO/Hibernate Store/Model Relational Mapping

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The CDO Hibernate Store can use Teneo for the Model Relational mapping. Teneo generates a mapping for Hibernate on the basis of the ecore model and optional JPA annotations. JPA annotations can be specified directly in the model or in a separate xml.

Teneo supports all JPA annotations and many Hibernate extensions.

Annotations Format

The Teneo documentation has a detailed description of the format in which annotations can be specified. The main points are summarized here:

Teneo allows two ways to specify EJB3/JPA-like annotations:

  1. using the java annotations syntax in EAnnotations (ecore and xsd) (examples)
  2. a separate xml document (examples).

This page shows examples of both approaches.

JPA Annotations with a TYPE target can be used for EMF EClasses, annotations with METHOD and FIELD targets can be used for EStructuralFeatures. Note: JPA annotations relevant for a non-reference type java member can also be set on an EDataType.

JPA Annotations as EAnnotations

The EAnnotations should adhere to the following format:

  • The source must be: teneo.jpa. You can also configure your own annotation source, see Teneo documentation for details.
  • The key must be: appinfo or value

The page: here contains examples of JPA eannotations in Ecore or in a XML Schema file.

JPA Annotations in XSD, some examples

This annotation sets the inheritance mapping strategy for the Address to joined:

<xsd:complexType name="Address" abstract="true">
		<xsd:appinfo source="teneo.jpa">@Inheritance(strategy=JOINED)</xsd:appinfo>
		<xsd:element name="name" type="xsd:string"/>

The following annotation specifies that the association does not need an index column:

<xsd:element name="containedItem" type="this:ContainedItem" maxOccurs="unbounded">
		<xsd:appinfo source="teneo.jpa">@OneToMany(indexed=false)</xsd:appinfo>

JPA Annotations in the Ecore Model Editor

To set an annotation in the ecore model using the Ecore Model Editor do the following:

  1. open the model in the editor
  2. right click on the model element (EClass, EStructuralFeature, etc.) on which you want to set a JPA annotation
  3. do: New Child > EAnnotation
  4. check in the properties view, there are two fields for the new EAnnotation: references and source. Set source to: teneo.jpa
  5. right click on the new EAnnotation in the ecore model editor and do: New Child > Details Entry
  6. click on the new detail entry, the properties view shows a key and value field. Enter the word 'value' in the key field and in the value field enter your annotation, for example: @Id or @Basic. Just as you would set it in Java.

JPA Annotations in XML

JPA annotations can also be specified in a separate xml file. The advantage of this approach is that you can annotate models which are not in your control. The separate annotated xml means that the original model file does not need to be changed. You can even annotate the Ecore model itself!

The xsd for the XML annotations can be downloaded here. The xsd shows that it is possible to specify annotations on EPackage, EClass, EAttribute, EReference and EDataType level. In addition there is a special property element which combines the annotations for EAttribute and EReference. The property tag is a convenience tag which can be used to in place of both an EAttribute and an EReference tag.

A number of examples of annotations in xml can be found here.

When using Teneo within CDO then the location of the annotations xml (a class path location) should be set in the cdo-server.xml using the option: PersistenceOptions.PERSISTENCE_XML. The location should be a resource/class path. When using Teneo stand alone this same option should be used, but then it should be passed to the HbDataStore.setProperties(..) method.

To make the annotations xml file available to the CDO server at runtime you have to place the annotations xml in a separate plugin, see here for more information.

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