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JPA/Hibernate Generator issues...

Eric Nielsen
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I'm using JPA Annotations with Hibernate backed by a PostGreSQL database. I've been generally quite happy with how cleanly everything works, but I've had a few complaints over how @GeneratedValue interacts with the rest of the system.

Currently I have to do something like:

Now I know I can configure a NamingStrategy to handling Competition<->competitions mapping and I'm not concerned about that. However the verboseness of making a GeneratedValue read from a normally named PostGreSQL sequence is annoying.

I would rather be able to use only @GeneratedValue, ie the "Native" generator type, which would resolve back to a sequence under PostGreSQL. Unfortunately it defaults to a single, shared-across the entire database, sequence, not a per table sequence. Thus I need to provide explicitly for a) the name of the sequence via a @SequenceGenerator and
b) for the entity to use a generator...

I'm not too happy with this from a portability stand-point (but I don't anticipate leaving PostGreSQL) and I'm not happy with the wordiness.

There's no place in a NamingStrategy, that I could find at least, for providing to override the sequence name used by Native.

Has anyone else run across this? Is there a good solution?

(If I could get hbm2ddl to work, perhaps I wouldn't care as much, but at present I'm tending to create the database first and definitely like being able to use PostGreSQL "serial" type for now....)
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