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Entity Inheritance

This project demonstrates how to use entity inheritance in CUBA applications.


n Let's assume that we have two types of customers - companies and individuals, which have some common attributes. We would like to store the common attributes in one table, and use separate linked tables to store specific attributes.

So the data model contains the Customer entity, which is a base class stored in the DEMO_CUSTOMER table. The Company and Person entities stored in separate tables with foreign keys that reference the base table.

Company and Person entities have their own browser and editor screens, as well as a common browser available at Customers (all in one list) menu item. When you create a customer from this browser, you have to choose the customer type, and the application shows an appropriate edit screen.

The Order entity has a reference to Customer. As the customer can be of the different types, when users create orders, they should be able to choose the type of the customer.

Implementation Details

In the Customer entity:

  • Inheritance strategy is set to JOINED
  • Discriminator column name DTYPE and type String are left default
  • Discriminator value is set to C

In the Company entity:

  • Parent class is set to Customer
  • Discriminator value is set to M

In the Person entity:

  • Parent class is set to Customer
  • Discriminator value is set to P

The order-edit.xml screen descriptor and the corresponding OrderEdit controller contain the customer selection components and logic.

The customer-browse.xml screen descriptor and the corresponding CustomerBrowse controller contains different CreateActions for different types of customers. These actions are used in a popup button and as a context menu items in the table.

How to Run

To see the example in action, do the following:

  • Open the project in Studio
  • Click Run > Start application server
  • If you see the warning Database does not exist ..., click Create DB in background
  • Go to http://localhost:8080/app and log in as admin / admin
  • Open Application > Orders and create a new order.

Based on CUBA Platform 6.9.4


Please use https://www.cuba-platform.com/discuss for discussion, support, and reporting problems coressponding to this sample.