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Map a list/set/array to multiple columns in table

 
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Is it possible to map similar type of columns to one property (or rather in a set or array)?

For Eg:

I have a denormalized table where I store individual tooth information in each column of the table say col_tooth1, col_tooth2, col_tooth3 ...col_tooth32 . Rather than having a one-to-one mapping of a column to a property in the persistent object, I would like to store all the information in an array of length 32.

Is it possible to do this kind of mapping in hibernate. Hibernate Sets/Lists represented multiple rows in a table. Can they be used to represent multiple similar types of columns instead of rows?
 
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Yes, but you are going to have to do the work.

Basically you can create your own UserType to do the transforming of the "32" colums into one Collection, and going the other direction when storing your data.

Please read http://www.hibernate.org/hib_docs/v3/reference/en/html/mapping.html#mapping-types-custom

On custom usertypes.

Good Luck and have fun.

Mark
 
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