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Stephen Lee
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I have used session facade in my project. A session bean lookups an entity bean for the getting / setting of the data. However, there are more than 20 variables in the entity bean, that means I have used more than 20 setxxx or getxxx methods for a record in the session bean. I know this increase the database traffic, so I try to use value object pattern in my entity bean. However, I met difficulties to create the entity bean as value object. I can't find any detailed source code for this --
for example,
the code of the value object:
public class PartsVO implements java.io.Serializable {
public String partsID, partsName, desc;

public PartsVO(PartsVO parts) {
init(parts.partsID, parts.partsName, parts.desc;
public void init(String partsID, String partsName, Strign desc) {
this.partsID = partsID;
this.partsName = partsName;
this.desc = desc;

public PartsVO getData() {
return new PartsVO(this);
1) In this case, the entity bean subclasses the value object. How should I implement the entity bean (PartsDataBean)?
public class PartsDataBean extends PartsVO implements javax.ejb.EntityBean {
EntityContext entityContext;
public PartsDataPK ejbCreate(String projID) throws CreateException {
// how should I implement here?
public void ejbPostCreate(String projID) throws CreateException {
// other ejb methods
// should I need the following code?
public abstract void setProjID(String projID);
public abstract String getProjID();
public abstract void setProjName(String projName);
public abstract String getProjName();
public abstract void setDesc(String desc);
public abstract String getDesc();

2) How about the PartsData and PartsDataHome?
3) Moreover, there are some finder methods in the bean... is there any difference to implement it?
Mat Robinson
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What you want to be doing is using a Value Object inside the Entity Bean not as an Entity Bean.
The Value Object is then set and get on the entity bean using a single call eg. setData(ValueObject obj) { ... }. This then puts all the values into the bean in a single hit.
From then on, it depends whether you are using CMP or BMP in your entity as to where to go.
Check out the Java Blueprints on http://java.sun.com/blueprints/index.html
Hope this helps,
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