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Gillian Daniel
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I have been sitting pondering for a day now, and I thought it was about time I asked for outside advice.
Is it better for me to implement a DTO/Model object for a record? I mean, I know what fields I have without looking in the db file, as they are stated in the question paper, so would it be wrong to use this information to create a DTO to transfer the record information?
Or should I take another approach, and use Hashmaps? Should I perhaps pretend that the only way I will know what fields are in the database is upon reading it?
Frankly, having written this, I now realise that nobody in their right mind would develop an application where the only way one would know what was in the database is by reading the header information, however I thought I would ask, incase this is slightly valuable?
Gillian
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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