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Hi to all Could you anybody explain me in detail the numbers denoted on entity diagrams of showing OneToMany and ManyToOne mapping at page no. 244 and at page no. 247 in EJB in Action book.The numbers are like 1 ,0..* ,1..* etc. Please explain me in detail .I am very confused about these.
"1" means "only one". "*" means "many". So, "0..*" means "zero or any number of". I find figure 7.3 self explanatory. Look at Bid and Bidder. Bid(0..*)<----(1)Bidder. It means that a Bidder can place many Bid, and a Bid is placed by only one Bidder. The relation between Item and Category is Item(0..*)<---->(1..*)Category. It means that an Item belongs to one or more Category, and a Category can hold many Item.
For example: Category : Sport,Cloth,Television,Game Item : Football Shirt
The Item "Football Shirt" may belong to Category "Sport" and "Cloth". This Item has two Category. Category "Sport" now has one item. "Cloth" also has one item. "Television" and "Game" still have no Item.