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Support PostgreSQL JSONB data type in JdbcEventStorageEngine #1067

sgrimm-sg opened this issue Apr 22, 2019 · 2 comments


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commented Apr 22, 2019

JdbcEventStorageEngine doesn't easily support using nonstandard data types such as PostgreSQL's JSONB for the payload and metadata columns.

The problem is that the queries pass the output of the serializer to the JDBC driver with PreparedStatement.setObject(), but there's no way to communicate type information.

In the case of PostgreSQL's JDBC driver, you can insert into a JSONB column in either of two ways. First, you can add an explicit cast to the prepared statement, e.g.,

PreparedStatement ps = conn.prepareStatement("INSERT INTO foo (bar) VALUES (?::JSONB)");
ps.setObject(1, jsonFromSerializer);

Or you can pass the value as a PGobject with type information.

PreparedStatement ps = connection.prepareStatement("INSERT INTO foo (bar) VALUES (?)");
PGobject pgObject = new PGobject();
ps.setObject(1, pgObject);

Either approach could be exposed as a public API by JdbcEventStorageEngine. Maybe something along the lines of one of



private PGobject wrapInPgObject(Object data) {
    PGobject pgObject = new PGobject();
    return pgObject;


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commented May 7, 2019

Hi @sgrimm-sg, good point you're having here.
I've had the 'pleasure' of getting a JpaEventStorageEngine work nicely with JSONB, but not yet with the JdbcEventStorageEngine.

We feel that there are some improvements to be made in the framework to make adjusting the payload and meta data types easier on reading and writing. However, I think you can manage with the current set up as well.

The JdbcEventStoragenEngine.Builder has a dataType(Class<?>) method. If you'd change the default dataType from byte[] to PGobject, we have the first step on this approach ready.
Secondly, the chosen Serializer should be adjusted to cope with the PGobject, as we've changed the dataType used upon serializing your events.
To do that, a ContentTypeConverter (Axon Framework specific interface) for PGobject should be provided. If you're using the JacksonSerializer I'd assume a PGobjectToJsonNodeConverter, and vice versa, would make sense.

The only unknown I have in the above described process, is whether the JdbcEventStorageEngine#readPayload(ResultSet, String) on line 659 would cope when reading a PGobject.

This also brings me to the improvement I talked about earlier.
The readPayload(ResultSet, String) method is there to provide users with the option to adjust how to read a payload/metadata field from the database.

Taking your earlier builder suggestion, I think we should allow users to specify the entire readPayload(ResultSet, String) method in the Builder. Additionally, there should also be a possibility to adjust how to write payload. This would of course require an adjustment in the JdbcEventStorageEngine.

So, that's my current suggestion to you @sgrimm-sg, paired with a feature suggesting for the JdbcEventStorageEngine. Would you view the suggestion to be sufficient?

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commented May 8, 2019

That suggestion seems like it might do the trick, yes. Obviously we'll need to try it to make sure, but it sounds reasonable.

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