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Oracle, Null and empty Strings

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Currently I'm facing problems with a class, which contains a String, which
is set to "" (empty String).
When the class is persistent, oracle writes null to the table column
(which seems to be common oracle behaviour) and when retrieving the class,
the field is set to null as well, giving me a lot of null-pointer
Anyway ... I can cope with that (just a lot of extra work)
far worse is the problem, wenn searching objects, that have this field set
to "" oder null.
Oracle can't find the records because JDO creates Querys "where
string=null" or "where string=''" , where oracle expects "where string is
null" to find the records.
Is there a workaround or solution ?
The best answer: Yeah, that would work as well, thx, but since I have to cope with
null-Strings now everywhere in my program, it doesn't hurt just to forbid
empty strings on the program side.
In future times I'll test on Oracle first, then porting to DB/2 - this way
I suppose work is far less to garant compability.
Nevertheless ... having to set the bankcode into quotes is a kodo bug in
my opinion.
Kodo knows the type of classfields (in this case string) and shouldn't
send the parameter as a BigDecimal to the database.
Given that, and having only bankcodes of null (only neccesary when using
Oracle), the method would look like:
public Collection getAccounts (String bankCode)
throws Exception
return getAccounts (Account.class, "bankcode=="+bankcode);
which is how a transparent persistent layer, um, should be , um , I mean
... just transparent ;-D
Marc Prud'hommeaux wrote:
Couldn't you just do something like:
public Collection getAccounts (String bankCode)
throws Exception
String filter;
if (bankCode == null || bankCode.length () == 0)
filter = "(bankCode == null || bankCode == "")";
filter = "bankCode == "" + bankCode + """;
return getAccounts (Account.class, filter);
If I understand the problem correctly, this should work for all the
In article <[email protected]>, Stefan wrote:
What operations are you performing to cause this SQL to be issued? You
say you are having trouble removing objects, but this is clearly not a
DELETE statement. Is this the SQL that is issued when looking up
objects by identity?I'm not removing objects, I was removing just quotes from parameters ;-)
A string column... is it also represented as a string field in your class?Yeah ... just to give you an impression of the code:
First we have a class, representing a bank account:
public class Account {
private AccountMgr myAccountMgr;
private String bankCode;
private String id;
Note, that in nearly all cases bankCode will be a number or null.
I have a second class "AccountMgr", which does all of the persistant stuff
(seaching, making persistent etc.)
This class has two methods, one versatile (protected) to retrieve accounts
by a given filterString and one who just returns accounts by bankCode,
building the expected filterstring. Here is my current working version:
public class AccountMgr {
public Collection getAccounts(String bankCode) throws Exception {
if (bankCode!=null) {
if (bankCode.equals("")) {
throw new Exception("check code, bankCode='' not allowed to get
same behavior from DB2 and Oracle");
// if set, quote the bankCode
return getAccounts(Account.class,"bankCode=="+bankCode);
protected Collection getAccounts(Class accountClass, String filterAdd)
throws Exception {
PersistenceManager pm = MyHelper.getPersistenceManager();
String filter="";
if (filterAdd!=null && !filterAdd.trim().equals("")) {
filter+=filterAdd + " && ";
filter += "myAccountMgr==_accMgr";
Query query = pm.newQuery(accountClass, filter);
query.declareParameters("AccountMgr _accMgr");
return (Collection) query.execute(this);
As you can see, in the first method I have to set the bankCode into
quotes, when it's not null.
This is because otherwise a filter like "bankCode=1234" will be translated
in a way, where 1234 is send as a BigDecimal to the database:
[...] executing statement <4239745>: (SELECT [...] FROM JDO_ACCOUNT t0
WHERE t0.BANKCODE = ? : [reused=1;params={(BigDecimal) 1234}]
Marc Prud'hommeaux [email protected]
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