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Pierre Martin

Joined: Aug 12, 2008
Posts: 4
I'm using EJB 3.0 entity bean.

I want to save a new Employee entity bean and associate it to the department id = 44;

To way it works, I need to
1-fetch the department entity bean
2-Set the department into the employee
3-Save the employee.

If you notices, the first step is useless since I already know the Id of the department. Why should I fetch it and get a manageg entity bean?

I would expect to be able to do that kind of save:

Department dep = new Department();

Employee emp = new Employee();


But that doesnt work because the framework forces to have a managed object as the department. I would have though that when I set CascadeType to nothing it would do the trick but it doesnt.

Is there any workaround for this ?

Kumar Subramanian

Joined: Oct 01, 2008
Posts: 8
Use the getReference() method on entity manager. It will return the reference to your Department entity (just a lazy loadable proxy) for the pk passed as parameter. Use that reference to set in your employee object. This will not do a db select in case of hibernate JPA impl and I think it should be the same in other implementations.

Department dep = entityManager.getReference(Department.class, 44);

Employee emp = new Employee();


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