Hibernate Component Mappings

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A Component mapping is a mapping for a class having a reference to another class as a member variable. We have seen such mapping while having two tables and using <set> element in the mapping file. Now we will use <component> element in the mapping file and a single table would be used to keep the attributes contained inside the class variable.

Define RDBMS Tables:

Consider a situation where we need to store our employee records in EMPLOYEE table which will have following structure:

create table EMPLOYEE (
   id INT NOT NULL auto_increment,
   first_name VARCHAR(20) default NULL,
   last_name  VARCHAR(20) default NULL,
   salary     INT  default NULL,
   PRIMARY KEY (id)
);

Further, assume each employe will have an address, so let us add address specific fields in the same table as follows:

create table EMPLOYEE (
   id INT NOT  NULL auto_increment,
   first_name  VARCHAR(20) default NULL,
   last_name   VARCHAR(20) default NULL,
   salary      INT  default NULL,
   street_name VARCHAR(40) default NULL,
   city_name   VARCHAR(40) default NULL,
   state_name  VARCHAR(40) default NULL,
   zipcode     VARCHAR(10) default NULL,
   PRIMARY KEY (id)
);

Define POJO Classes:

Let us implement our POJO class Employee which will be used to persist the objects related to EMPLOYEE table.

import java.util.*;

public class Employee implements java.io.Serializable {
   private int id;
   private String firstName; 
   private String lastName;   
   private int salary;
   private Address address;

   public Employee() {}
   public Employee(String fname, String lname, 
                   int salary, Address address ) {
      this.firstName = fname;
      this.lastName = lname;
      this.salary = salary;
      this.address = address;
   }
   public int getId() {
      return id;
   }
   public void setId( int id ) {
      this.id = id;
   }
   public String getFirstName() {
      return firstName;
   }
   public void setFirstName( String first_name ) {
      this.firstName = first_name;
   }
   public String getLastName() {
      return lastName;
   }
   public void setLastName( String last_name ) {
      this.lastName = last_name;
   }
   public int getSalary() {
      return salary;
   }
   public void setSalary( int salary ) {
      this.salary = salary;
   }

   public Address getAddress() {
      return address;
   }
   public void setAddress( Address address ) {
      this.address = address;
   }
}

We need to define another POJO class corresponding to ADDRESS entity having address related fields.

import java.util.*;

public class Address{
   private int id;
   private String street;     
   private String city;     
   private String state;    
   private String zipcode; 

   public Address() {}
   public Address(String street, String city, 
                  String state, String zipcode) {
      this.street = street; 
      this.city = city; 
      this.state = state; 
      this.zipcode = zipcode; 
   }
   public int getId() {
      return id;
   }
   public void setId( int id ) {
      this.id = id;
   }
   public String getStreet() {
      return street;
   }
   public void setStreet( String street ) {
      this.street = street;
   }
   public String getCity() {
      return city;
   }
   public void setCity( String city ) {
      this.city = city;
   }
   public String getState() {
      return state;
   }
   public void setState( String state ) {
      this.state = state;
   }
   public String getZipcode() {
      return zipcode;
   }
   public void setZipcode( String zipcode ) {
      this.zipcode = zipcode;
   }
   
}

Define Hibernate Mapping File:

Let us develop our mapping file which instructs Hibernate how to map the defined classes to the database tables. The <component> element will be used to define the rule for all the fields associated with ADDRESS table.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE hibernate-mapping PUBLIC 
 "-//Hibernate/Hibernate Mapping DTD//EN"
 "http://www.hibernate.org/dtd/hibernate-mapping-3.0.dtd"> 

<hibernate-mapping>
   <class name="Employee" table="EMPLOYEE">
      <meta attribute="class-description">
         This class contains the employee detail. 
      </meta>
      <id name="id" type="int" column="id">
         <generator class="native"/>
      </id>
      <component name="address" class="Address">
         <property name="street" column="street_name" type="string"/>
         <property name="city" column="city_name" type="string"/>
         <property name="state" column="state_name" type="string"/>
         <property name="zipcode" column="zipcode" type="string"/>
      </component>
      <property name="firstName" column="first_name" type="string"/>
      <property name="lastName" column="last_name" type="string"/>
      <property name="salary" column="salary" type="int"/>
   </class>

   <class name="Certificate" table="CERTIFICATE">
      <meta attribute="class-description">
         This class contains the certificate records. 
      </meta>
      <id name="id" type="int" column="id">
         <generator class="native"/>
      </id>
      <property name="name" column="certificate_name" type="string"/>
   </class>

</hibernate-mapping>

You should save the mapping document in a file with the format <classname>.hbm.xml. We saved our mapping document in the file Employee.hbm.xml. You are already familiar with most of the mapping detail but let us see all the elements of mapping file once again:

  • The mapping document is an XML document having <hibernate-mapping> as the root element which contains two <class> elements corresponding to each class.

  • The <class> elements are used to define specific mappings from a Java classes to the database tables. The Java class name is specified using the name attribute of the class element and the database table name is specified using the table attribute.

  • The <meta> element is optional element and can be used to create the class description.

  • The <id> element maps the unique ID attribute in class to the primary key of the database table. The name attribute of the id element refers to the property in the class and the column attribute refers to the column in the database table. The type attribute holds the hibernate mapping type, this mapping types will convert from Java to SQL data type.

  • The <generator> element within the id element is used to automatically generate the primary key values. Set the class attribute of the generator element is set to native to let hibernate pick up either identity, sequence or hilo algorithm to create primary key depending upon the capabilities of the underlying database.

  • The <property> element is used to map a Java class property to a column in the database table. The name attribute of the element refers to the property in the class and the column attribute refers to the column in the database table. The type attribute holds the hibernate mapping type, this mapping types will convert from Java to SQL data type.

  • The <component> element sets the existence of different attributes of Address class inside Employee classes.

Create Application Class:

Finally, we will create our application class with the main() method to run the application. We will use this application to save few Employee's records alongwith their certificates and then we will apply CRUD operations on those records.

import java.util.*;
 
import org.hibernate.HibernateException; 
import org.hibernate.Session; 
import org.hibernate.Transaction;
import org.hibernate.SessionFactory;
import org.hibernate.cfg.Configuration;

public class ManageEmployee {
   private static SessionFactory factory; 
   public static void main(String[] args) {
      try{
         factory = new Configuration().configure().buildSessionFactory();
      }catch (Throwable ex) { 
         System.err.println("Failed to create sessionFactory object." + ex);
         throw new ExceptionInInitializerError(ex); 
      }
      ManageEmployee ME = new ManageEmployee();

      /* Let us have one address object */
      Address address1 = ME.addAddress("Kondapur","Hyderabad","AP","532");

      /* Add employee records in the database */
      Integer empID1 = ME.addEmployee("Manoj", "Kumar", 4000, address1);

      /* Let us have another address object */
      Address address2 = ME.addAddress("Saharanpur","Ambehta","UP","111");
  
    /* Add another employee record in the database */
      Integer empID2 = ME.addEmployee("Dilip", "Kumar", 3000, address2);

      /* List down all the employees */
      ME.listEmployees();

      /* Update employee's salary records */
      ME.updateEmployee(empID1, 5000);

      /* List down all the employees */
      ME.listEmployees();

   }

   /* Method to add an address record in the database */
   public Address addAddress(String street, String city, 
                             String state, String zipcode) {
      Session session = factory.openSession();
      Transaction tx = null;
      Integer addressID = null;
      Address address = null;
      try{
         tx = session.beginTransaction();
         address = new Address(street, city, state, zipcode);
         addressID = (Integer) session.save(address); 
         tx.commit();
      }catch (HibernateException e) {
         if (tx!=null) tx.rollback();
         e.printStackTrace(); 
      }finally {
         session.close(); 
      }
      return address;
   }

   /* Method to add an employee record in the database */
   public Integer addEmployee(String fname, String lname, 
                              int salary, Address address){
      Session session = factory.openSession();
      Transaction tx = null;
      Integer employeeID = null;
      try{
         tx = session.beginTransaction();
         Employee employee = new Employee(fname, lname, salary, address);
         employeeID = (Integer) session.save(employee); 
         tx.commit();
      }catch (HibernateException e) {
         if (tx!=null) tx.rollback();
         e.printStackTrace(); 
      }finally {
         session.close(); 
      }
      return employeeID;
   }

   /* Method to list all the employees detail */
   public void listEmployees( ){
      Session session = factory.openSession();
      Transaction tx = null;
      try{
         tx = session.beginTransaction();
         List employees = session.createQuery("FROM Employee").list(); 
         for (Iterator iterator = 
                           employees.iterator(); iterator.hasNext();){
            Employee employee = (Employee) iterator.next(); 
            System.out.print("First Name: " + employee.getFirstName()); 
            System.out.print("  Last Name: " + employee.getLastName()); 
            System.out.println("  Salary: " + employee.getSalary());
            Address add = employee.getAddress();
            System.out.println("Address ");
            System.out.println("\tStreet: " +  add.getStreet());
            System.out.println("\tCity: " + add.getCity());
            System.out.println("\tState: " + add.getState());
            System.out.println("\tZipcode: " + add.getZipcode());
         }
         tx.commit();
      }catch (HibernateException e) {
         if (tx!=null) tx.rollback();
         e.printStackTrace(); 
      }finally {
         session.close(); 
      }
   }
   /* Method to update salary for an employee */
   public void updateEmployee(Integer EmployeeID, int salary ){
      Session session = factory.openSession();
      Transaction tx = null;
      try{
         tx = session.beginTransaction();
         Employee employee = 
                    (Employee)session.get(Employee.class, EmployeeID); 
         employee.setSalary( salary );
         session.update(employee);
         tx.commit();
      }catch (HibernateException e) {
         if (tx!=null) tx.rollback();
         e.printStackTrace(); 
      }finally {
         session.close(); 
      }
   }
}

Compilation and Execution:

Here are the steps to compile and run the above mentioned application. Make sure you have set PATH and CLASSPATH appropriately before proceeding for the compilation and execution.

  • Create hibernate.cfg.xml configuration file as explained in configuration chapter.

  • Create Employee.hbm.xml mapping file as shown above.

  • Create Employee.java source file as shown above and compile it.

  • Create ManageEmployee.java source file as shown above and compile it.

  • Execute ManageEmployee binary to run the program.

You would get following result on the screen, and same time records would be created in EMPLOYEE table.

$java ManageEmployee
.......VARIOUS LOG MESSAGES WILL DISPLAY HERE........

First Name: Manoj  Last Name: Kumar  Salary: 4000
Address
        Street: Kondapur
        City: Hyderabad
        State: AP
        Zipcode: 532
First Name: Dilip  Last Name: Kumar  Salary: 3000
Address
        Street: Saharanpur
        City: Ambehta
        State: UP
        Zipcode: 111
First Name: Manoj  Last Name: Kumar  Salary: 5000
Address
        Street: Kondapur
        City: Hyderabad
        State: AP
        Zipcode: 532
First Name: Dilip  Last Name: Kumar  Salary: 3000
Address
        Street: Saharanpur
        City: Ambehta
        State: UP
        Zipcode: 111

If you check your EMPLOYEE table, it should have following records:

mysql> select id, first_name,salary, street_name, state_name from EMPLOYEE;
+----+------------+--------+-------------+------------+
| id | first_name | salary | street_name | state_name |
+----+------------+--------+-------------+------------+
|  1 | Manoj      |   5000 | Kondapur    | AP         |
|  2 | Dilip      |   3000 | Saharanpur  | UP         |
+----+------------+--------+-------------+------------+
2 rows in set (0.00 sec)

mysql>


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