Hibernate One To Many Relationship

Continuing from my post Spring MVC + Hibernate + MySQL Quick Start From Scratch, here is how to setup one to many relationship on Hibernate.

Let’s assume you want to add a new table called topping, each pizza can have several toppings (one to many relationship).

Pizza table

Topping table
topping table

First code the Topping entity class:

@Table(name = "topping")
public class Topping {
  private long id;
  private String name;
  @JoinColumn(name = "pizza_id", referencedColumnName = "id")
  private Pizza pizza;

  // getters & setters..

Notice the usage of @ManyToOne and @JoinColumn annotation. This allows the owning Pizza to be queried from the Topping. This also says “in order to find pizza that owns this topping, have a look at pizza_id column on topping table, match it with id column on pizza table”

And let’s have a look at our modified Pizza entity class:

@Table(name = "pizza")
public class Pizza {
  @Id @GeneratedValue private long id;
  private String name;
  private double price;
  @OneToMany(mappedBy = "pizza", fetch = FetchType.LAZY)
  private List<Topping> toppings;

  // getters & setters

This setups a bi-directional relationship where you can obtain list of toppings from a Pizza object, and the owning Pizza from a Topping object.

The FetchType.LAZY setting tells Hibernate not to bother populating the toppings unless we ask it to (this is handy to conserve memory if you have a long chains of relationships with thousands of objects on it).

Next if I want to list my pizzas with its topping, I can write following method on my DAO class:

public List<Pizza> findAllWithToppings() {
  Session session = sessionFactory.getCurrentSession();
  List pizzas = session.createQuery("select distinct p from Pizza as p left join fetch p.toppings").list();
  return pizzas;

The above hibernate query will roughly translate into following SQL:

select * from pizza p left outer join topping t on p.id = t.pizza_id;

Download the source code

git clone https://gerrytan@bitbucket.org/gerrytan/pizzashop.git -b one_to_many


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