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Entity relationships

Treimin Clark
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Joined: Nov 12, 2008
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Source: Manning EJB 3 in Action

This two entities has one-to-one relationships between each others. As this program shows, a User entity object has-a one BillingInfo object.

I think the relationship occurs between the primary key field of each entities. Am I correct on this?

If yes, then how it is possible to have different types for those fields.
(I mean, the primary key field of "User" entity is a "String" value, but in BillingInfo, it is a "Long" value).
Ralph Jaus
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Joined: Apr 27, 2008
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Your example describes a bidirectional one-to-one relationship. As such the table of the
owning side (the one without "mappedBy") has the foreign key (see JPA spec 2.1.7).
So in your example table User contains the primary key from table BillingInfo as
foreign key.

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Treimin Clark
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Thanks Ralph.
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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