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Entity manager tutorial: Creating an entity class

Create a local ObjectGrid with one entity by...

  1. Creating an Entity class
  2. Registering the entity type with eXtreme Scale
  3. Storing an entity instance into the cache


  1. Create the Order object.

    To identify the object as an ObjectGrid entity, add the @Entity annotation. When you add this annotation, all serializable attributes in the object are automatically persisted in eXtreme Scale, unless you use annotations on the attributes to override the attributes. The orderNumber attribute is annotated with @Id to indicate that this attribute is the primary key.

    An example of an Order object follows:
    public class Order
        @Id String orderNumber;
        Date date;
        String customerName;
        String itemName;
        int quantity;
        double price;

  2. Demonstrate entity operations...

    The following example program can be issued in stand-alone mode to demonstrate the entity operations. Use this program in an Eclipse Java project that has the objectgrid.jar file added to the class path.

    An example of a simple Hello world application that uses eXtreme Scale...
    package emtutorial.basic.step1;
    public class Application
        static public void main(String [] args)
            throws Exception
            ObjectGrid og = 
            og.registerEntities(new Class[] {Order.class});
            Session s = og.getSession();
            EntityManager em = s.getEntityManager();
            Order o = new Order();
            o.customerName = "John Smith";
   = new java.util.Date(System.currentTimeMillis());
            o.itemName = "Widget";
            o.orderNumber = "1";
            o.price = 99.99;
            o.quantity = 1;
            o = (Order)em.find(Order.class, "1");
            System.out.println("Found order for customer: " + o.customerName);

    This example application performs the following operations:

    1. Initializes a local eXtreme Scale with an automatically generated name.

    2. Registers the entity classes with the application by using the registerEntities API, although using the registerEntities API is not always necessary.

    3. Retrieves a Session and a reference to the entity manager for the Session.

    4. Associates each eXtreme Scale Session with a single EntityManager and EntityTransaction. The EntityManager is now used.

    5. The registerEntities method creates a BackingMap object that is called Order, and associates the metadata for the Order object with the BackingMap object. This metadata includes the key and non-key attributes, along with the attribute types and names.

    6. A transaction starts and creates an Order instance. The transaction is populated with some values, and is persisted by using the EntityManager
    7. The transaction is then committed, and the entity is included in the ObjectMap.

    8. Another transaction is made, and the Order object is retrieved by using the key 1. The type cast on the EntityManager.find method is necessary, because Java SE 5 generics capability are not used to ensure that the objectgrid.jar file works on a Java SE 1.4 and later JVM.

Parent topic:

Entity manager tutorial: Overview

Next topic:

Entity manager tutorial: Forming entity relationships


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