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Managed entity not synchronised with DB?

 
John Stone
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I came across this paragraph in "EJB 3 in action"



Isn't entity managed after line 'entityManager.persist(item);'?
If it is managed, it should automatically synchronised with db, right?
Then why is there need to call 'refresh'?
 
Satya Maheshwari
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Being a managed entity does not automatically ensure that the entity is refreshed from DB. Quoting from the ejb spec:

3.2.3 Synchronization to the Database
The state of persistent entities is synchronized to the database at transaction commit. This synchronization involving writing to the database any updates to persistent entities and their relationships as specified
above.An update to the state of an entity includes both the assignment of a new value to a persistent property or field of the entity as well as the modification of a mutable value of a persistent property or field.
Synchronization to the database does not involve a refresh of any managed entities unless the refresh operation is explicitly invoked on those entities
 
John Stone
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Thanks, I thought it works automatically in both ways.
 
Satya Maheshwari
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I was trying this out practically. Strangely it turns out that the managed is indeed refreshed from the DB after the persist. Here is the code:



And here is the output:


The output suggests that Cust is refreshed with the updated city after it is persisted. I am confused here :confused
 
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