One point might be to include extra data that was added while creation of the VO in the database... Like IDs (Primary-Key) for example that are auto-generated... By returning the freshly added VO out of the create-method you would have an easy way of accessing these extra values within your calling code... Best Regards, Chris
Chris, If primary keys (e.g. surrogate keys) are auto generated during the insert, does it imply that I would need to do an additional select to compose the returned CustomerVO ? In informix (which is what I'm using); there is a feature to retrieve an auto generated key from an insert (without doing another round trip to the db server). Thanks Pho
How to get the primary key is most likely implementation specific. You can disable autogenerated primary keys for a table and insert your own primary key. Then you know what the primary key will be before you insert it. This method is cross-database, gives you more control, but is slightly more work to implement. If your primary key is autogenerated you can 1) use vendor specific syntax to return the last inserted primary key like @@identity in TransactSQL or 2) use a select statement based on a 'date_added' column with other values just inserted. Then set the primary key of your value object and return that.