In this tutorial we will learn how to create new Type safe instances of an Objects simply using the EJB QL in your Query.
By default, the select clause picks which objects and properties to return in the query result set. Check this example:
select mate from Cat as cat inner join cat.mate as mate
The above query will select mates of other Cats.
Queries can return properties of any value type including properties of component type:
select cat.name from DomesticCat cat where cat.name like 'fri%' select cust.name.firstName from Customer as cust
Queries can return multiple objects and/or properties as an array of type Object:
select mother, offspr, mate.name from DomesticCat as mother inner join mother.mate as mate left outer join mother.kittens as offsp
Or as a java.uti.List:
select new list(mother, offspr, mate.name) from DomesticCat as mother inner join mother.mate as mate left outer join mother.kittens as offspr
Or – assuming that the class Family has an appropriate constructor – as an actual typesafe Java object:
select new Family(mother, mate, offspr) from DomesticCat as mother join mother.mate as mate left join mother.kittens as offspr
You can assign aliases to selected expressions using as:
select max(bodyWeight) as max, min(bodyWeight) as min, count(*) as n from Cat cat
This is most useful when used together with select new map:
select new map( max(bodyWeight) as max, min(bodyWeight) as min, count(*) as n ) from Cat cat