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From Rob Butler <crodste...@yahoo.com>
Subject Re: Feature Request
Date Tue, 24 May 2005 12:59:27 GMT
Because, as I said below, SqlMapClientBuilder requires
the SqlMapConfig file.  So if I use StringReader to
pass in the SqlMapConfig file, that works fine.  But
the SqlMapConfig file must then reference the SqlMap
file, and this file must be loaded either as a
resource from the classpath, or as a URL.  Since this
file doesn't actually exist on disk, or in the
classpath loading as a resource isn't going to work. 

So that leaves URL as the last hope.  Java supports
http, ftp, and file protocols by default.  Since the
file isn't on disk, file isn't going to help.  I don't
want to embed an http or ftp server in my app just to
load a dynamicly generated segment of xml from memory,
so http and ftp are out too.

URL could still work if I implement my own protocol
and add that to the one's the JVM can use, something
like mem://fake-file-name.  Java supports this, but it
seems a bit extreme that I need to create an entirely
new protocol to load some dynamically generated XML
from memory into iBatis doesn't it?

So while I could implement something to do what I need
all in memory, or could use temp files as someone
suggested, the best way to do it in my opinion is add
the capability to iBatis and not have to work around
this unnecessary limitation.

Seeing as I need this capability, and someone else has
resorted to using temp files to accomplish the same
thing, it sounds like it would be a useful feature to

Thanks for the suggestions though.

--- Brandon Goodin <brandon.goodin@gmail.com> wrote:
> SqlMapClientBuilder takes a reader. If you have a
> String in memory
> then why couldn't you use a StringReader?
> Brandon
> On 5/23/05, Rob Butler <crodster2k@yahoo.com> wrote:
> > Hello,
> > 
> > I am building an application that will need to
> > dynamically build an SQL statement at run time,
> and
> > then populate the statement's fields from a map.
> > Sounds perfect for iBatis, right.  That's what I
> > thought, but I don't think iBatis does quite what
> I
> > need.  Normally iBatis can dynamically change it's
> > but you need to know things like the number, name
> &
> > type of columns in advance when the SqlMap is
> created.
> > 
> > Unfortunately in my application, the SQL statement
> > that is built at runtime is completely dynamic. 
> The
> > name of the columns, their data types and the
> number
> > of columns will only be known at run time.  So
> what I
> > would like to do is dynamically instantiate an
> > SqlMapClient from a String, which contains the
> SqlMap
> > that is dynamically generated at run time.  Then
> let
> > iBatis do the work of converting the map's values
> into
> > the correct data types and populating the SQL's
> field
> > values.  It would be nice if the table name could
> be
> > passed as a property instead of in the map of
> data.
> > 
> > This looks like it would be possible with the
> > SqlMapClientBuilder, but I don't think that is
> going
> > to work.  The problem is it wants to read an
> > SqlMapConfig, which then of course points to an
> SqlMap
> > file.  However, the SqlMap file obviously won't
> exist
> > anywhere but as a string in ram, and it's not
> possible
> > (as far as I know) to directly load an SqlMap
> using
> > SqlMapClientBuilder, nor is it possible to load a
> > single "file" (string in ram) that is a combined
> > SqlMapConfig & SqlMap.
> > 
> > I could probably cobble something together using
> the
> > internal non-user exposed classes within iBatis,
> but
> > then if those classes change from one release to
> the
> > next I would have to make the appropriate changes
> to
> > my code, and I would prefer to use something that
> is
> > part of iBatis.
> > 
> > So, I would like to request a feature to make
> > dynamically building the SqlMap at runtime
> possible.
> > I suppose this could be done by developing a class
> > like SqlMapClientBuilder that accepted a String,
> and
> > didn't need an SqlMapConfig, just a SqlMap XML.
> > Alternately, a fixed API could be exposed to users
> to
> > manually construct a SqlClientMap.
> > 
> > Thoughts?  Is there a better approach that works
> now?
> > Did I miss something obvious?
> > 
> > Thanks, and iBatis rocks!
> > Rob
> > 
> > 
> > 
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