Class Relationship

All Implemented Interfaces:
Serializable, CayenneMapEntry, XMLSerializable
Direct Known Subclasses:
DbRelationship, ObjRelationship

public abstract class Relationship
extends Object
implements CayenneMapEntry, XMLSerializable, Serializable
Defines a relationship between two entities. In a DataMap graph relationships represent "arcs" connecting entity "nodes". Relationships are directional, i.e. they have a notion of source and target entity. This makes DataMap a "digraph".
See Also:
Serialized Form
  • Field Details

    • name

      protected String name
    • sourceEntity

      protected Entity sourceEntity
    • targetEntityName

      protected String targetEntityName
    • toMany

      protected boolean toMany
    • runtime

      protected boolean runtime
      A flag that specifies whether a Relationship was mapped by the user or added dynamically by Cayenne runtime.
  • Constructor Details

    • Relationship

      public Relationship()
      Creates an unnamed relationship.
    • Relationship

      public Relationship​(String name)
      Creates a named relationship.
  • Method Details

    • getName

      public String getName()
      Description copied from interface: CayenneMapEntry
      Returns the name property of this object.
      Specified by:
      getName in interface CayenneMapEntry
      name of this entry.
    • setName

      public void setName​(String name)
    • getSourceEntity

      public Entity getSourceEntity()
      Returns relationship source entity.
    • setSourceEntity

      public void setSourceEntity​(Entity sourceEntity)
      Sets relationship source entity.
    • getTargetEntity

      public abstract Entity getTargetEntity()
      Returns a target entity of the relationship.
    • setTargetEntityName

      public void setTargetEntityName​(Entity targetEntity)
      Sets relationship target entity. Internally calls setTargetEntityName.
    • getTargetEntityName

      public String getTargetEntityName()
      Returns the name of a target entity.
    • setTargetEntityName

      public void setTargetEntityName​(String targetEntityName)
      Sets the name of relationship target entity.
    • isToMany

      public boolean isToMany()
      Returns a boolean value that determines relationship multiplicity. This defines semantics of the connection between two nodes described by the source and target entities. E.g. to-many relationship between two Persistent object classes means that a source object would have a collection of target objects. This is a read-only property.
    • getParent

      public Object getParent()
      Description copied from interface: CayenneMapEntry
      Returns the parent map.
      Specified by:
      getParent in interface CayenneMapEntry
    • setParent

      public void setParent​(Object parent)
      Description copied from interface: CayenneMapEntry
      Stores the parent map.
      Specified by:
      setParent in interface CayenneMapEntry
    • toString

      public String toString()
      Overrides Object.toString() to return informative description.
      toString in class Object
    • isRuntime

      public boolean isRuntime()
    • setRuntime

      public void setRuntime​(boolean synthetic)
    • getReverseRelationship

      public abstract Relationship getReverseRelationship()
      Returns a "complimentary" relationship going in the opposite direction. Returns null if no such relationship is found.
    • isMandatory

      public abstract boolean isMandatory()
      Returns if relationship is mandatory