Jump to: navigation, search

EclipseLink/UserGuide/JPA/Basic JPA Development/Mapping/Basic Mappings/Default Conversions and Converters/TypeConverter


link="http://wiki.eclipse.org/EclipseLink"
EclipseLink
Website
Download
Community
Mailing ListForumsIRC
Bugzilla
Open
Help Wanted
Bug Day
Contribute
Browse Source

Elug api package icon.png Key API TypeConverter

@TypeConverter Annotation and <type-converter> XML

The @TypeConverter is an EclipseLink-specific annotation. You can use it to specify an org.eclipse.persistence.mappings.converters.TypeConversionConverter for modification of the data value(s) during the reading and writing of a mapped attribute.

 
 @Target({TYPE, METHOD, FIELD})
 @Retention(RUNTIME)
 public @interface TypeConverter {
    String name();
    Class dataType() default void.class;
    Class objectType() default void.class;
 }
@TypeConverter Attributes
Attribute Description Default Required?
name Set this attribute to the String name for your converter. Ensure that this name is unique across the persistence unit. Yes
dataType Set this attribute to the type stored in the database. void.class1 No
objectType Set the value of this attribute to the type stored on the entity. void.class1 No

1 The default is inferred from the type of the persistence field or property.


This example shows how to use the @TypeConverter annotation to convert the Double value stored in the database to a Float value stored in the entity.

Usage of the @TypeConverter Annotation

 @Entity
 public class Employee implements Serializable{
     ...
     @TypeConverter (
         name="doubleToFloat",
         dataType=Double.class,
         objectType=Float.class,
     )
     @Convert("doubleToFloat")
     public Number getGradePointAverage() {
         return gradePointAverage;
     }
     ...
 }



Eclipselink-logo.gif
Version: 2.1.0
Other versions...