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From "Darek Dober" <doover...@op.pl>
Subject struts vs ibatis - Integer type
Date Tue, 03 May 2005 04:07:47 GMT

I hava a table  'users' with column dept_id (id of department in departments table)

This column is optional. That means the operator doesn't have to assign inserted user to any

If I have bean:

public class UserBean {
    Integer departmentId;


struts will make automatic conversion of type. So departmentId will be set to 0, if I don't
set any of department. That's a cheat, because,  I don't want to to have a
department with id equals to 0, it should be NULL.

On the other hand, when I implement departmentId as String, struts act correctly. But while
inserting record to the database, I get an error sth like this:
database column dept_id is type of bigint, inserted value is type of varchar.

I have the solution: departmentId is type of String, but for ibatis I have the other metod
getDepartmentIdAsInteger which return Integer or null if value is empty.
It works, but i don't like this.

Is there any cleaner solution for this. I looked into jpetstore, but there were columns of
type varchar. Rest of them was mendatory.
I cannot use columns of type varchar as foreign keys.


doesn't help if departmentId is String

Any ideas?

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