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Interface Copyable

All Known Subinterfaces:
AliasFragment, BinaryObject, ChildDBObject, ColumnConstraintReferenceID, Copyable, DataType, DBObject, DBObjectID, DBObjectUsage, DBReferenceID, DeclarativePlSql, DeclarativeSQLQuery, DynamicPropertySet, FromObjectUsage, JoinCondition, SchemaObject, SourceObject, SQLFragment, SQLQuery, SQLQueryOwner, SystemObject, ToDoItem
All Known Implementing Classes:
AbstractAliasFragment, AbstractBuildableObject, AbstractChildDBObject, AbstractDBObject, AbstractDBObjectID, AbstractDBObjectUsage, AbstractFromObjectUsage, AbstractSchemaObject, AbstractSchemaObjectUsage, AbstractSQLFragment, AbstractSQLQuery, AbstractSystemObject, AbstractToDoItem, ArithmeticOperation, AsteriskUsage, AuditPreferences, AutoExtendProperties, BaseDateTimeDataType, BaseObjectID, BinaryDataType, CaseStatement, CaseStatement.WhenThen, CharacterDataType, CheckBoxListCellData, CheckBoxListModel, CheckConstraint, ClientSetting, CodeNavigationPoint, Column, ColumnConstraint, ColumnKeywordUsage, ColumnUsage, Comparison, ComplexType, Connections, Constraint, ConstraintID, CustomFilterCopyable, DatabaseLink, DataMiningFunction, DataMiningFunction.DataMiningArguments, DataMiningFunction.DataMiningCostValues, DataTypeAttribute, DataTypeID, DataTypeSynonym, DataTypeUsage, DateDataType, DBObjectPlSqlFragment, oracle.ide.navigation.DefaultNavigationPoint, DetailNavigable, Difference, Directory, DirectoryExcludeFilter, DocumentExtensions, DocumentExtensions.DocRecord, DocumentExtensions.ExtInfo, DTCache, DynamicPropertySetImpl, EditorsOptions, EnvironOptions, ExcludeFilterSettings, ExpressionList, ExternalTool, FilePath, FileSpecification, FileTypeIncludeFilter, FKConstraint, FKUsage, FromObject, Function, Function, Function, FunctionUsage, GenerateDescriptor, GlobalIgnoreList, GroupByExpression, GroupByObject, HierarchicalQueryObject, HTMLGeneratorOptions, IdentifierBasedID, IdeSettings, Index, IndexObject, IndexPartition, Indextype, Java, JavaClass, JavaResource, JavaSource, JoinObject, KeyStrokeOptions, KeyStrokesConfigUI, LazyExternalTool, LineNavigationPoint, LOBDescriptor, MaterializedView, MaterializedViewLog, MetaTraversable, ModelObject, ModelObject.CellAssignment, ModelObject.CellReferenceOptions, ModelObject.ModelColumnClauses, ModelObject.ModelRulesCellAssignmentExpr, ModelObject.ModelRulesClause, ModelObject.MultiColumnForLoop, ModelObject.ReferenceModel, ModelObject.SingleColumnForLoop, NameBasedID, NameBasedRefID, Navigable, NonDeclarativeSQLQuery, NumericDataType, ObjectType, ObjectTypeUsage, ObservableFolder, OfflineDBObjectID, OffsetNavigationPoint, OnJoinCondition, OpaqueFormatSpec, Operation, OracleColumnProperties, OracleExternalTableProperties, OracleExternalTableProperties.LocationSpecifier, OracleIndexOrganizedTableProperties, OracleIndexPartitions, OracleIndexProperties, OracleNestedTableProperties, OracleNumberDataType, OracleSchemaProperties, OracleSQLQuery, OracleStorageProperties, OracleTablePartitions, OracleTablespaceProperties, OrderByObject, Package, Package, PackageBody, PKConstraint, PlSql, PlSqlAttribute, PlSqlAttribute, PlSqlBlock, PlSqlDatatype, PlSqlMethod, PlSqlMethod, PlSqlParameter, PlSqlParameter, PlSqlReference, PlSqlSchemaObject, PlSqlSchemaObjectBody, PlSqlSchemaObjectSpec, PlSqlSubprogram, PlSqlSubProgram, PlSqlUsage, PlSqlVariable, PredefinedDataType, PredefinedDataTypeUsage, Preferences, PrintOptions, Procedure, Procedure, ProjectContentNavigable, ProxyOptions, RecycledObject, ReferenceID, Relation, RelationUsage, ResultSet, Schema, SelectObject, SelectObjectUsage, Sequence, SetOperation, SetOperator, SimpleSQLFragment, SpecPlSql, SQLFragmentID, Step, Synonym, SynonymUsage, Table, TablePartition, Tablespace, TechnologyScope, TemporaryObjectID, TimeStampTZDataType, Trigger, Trigger, Type, TypeBody, UniqueConstraint, URLPath, UserDataType, UsingJoinCondition, VCSCopyableMap, VCSPropertyMap, View, ViewColumn, WhereObject, WindowFunction, WindowFunction.WindowFunctionBound, WizardWelcomeSettings, Workspaces, XMLSchema, XMLSchemaElement, XMLTypeColumnProperties

public interface Copyable

Objects that implement the Copyable are capable of copying their internal, persistent state to another object that can be cast to the same type. This interface therefore provides a standard means by which data objects can be copied.

The main usefulness in copying has to do with the UI. When bringing up a modal dialog or any other form of cancellable UI, it is a good practice to have the dialog operate on a copy of the data rather than the original. As the user moves from one panel to another within the dialog, there may be complex interdependencies among panels on different data objects. To prevent panels from having to access the data cached in each other's UI components, the edited data is flushed to the data object copy when the user moves to a different panel. Then the interdependencies are between the panels and the data objects instead of between the panels themselves. This preserves the separation of "model" and "view" in model-view-controller terms.

Method Summary
 java.lang.Object copyTo(java.lang.Object target)
          Copies the internal state of this object to the specified copy.


Method Detail


java.lang.Object copyTo(java.lang.Object target)
Copies the internal state of this object to the specified copy. If copy is null, then this method should create a new instance of this class and proceed to copy the internal state to the newly created object. Generally, only the persistent state of the object should be copied, but whether or not it is appropriate to copy transient properties is at the discretion of the individual implementor.

Regardless of whether the copy occurs to an existing object or to a newly created object, the return value is object to which this object's state was copied.

There is a standard implementation pattern for the copyTo method that helps avoid problems that arise when a Copyable object is subclassed. The pattern is:

    public Object copyTo( Object target )
      final <this_class> copy =
        target != null ? (<this_class>) target : new <this_class>();
      copyToImpl( copy );
      return copy;

    protected final void copyToImpl( <this_class> copy )
      super.copyToImpl( copy );  //  if necessary
      //  put code here for copying the properties of <this_class>
The parameter passed into the copyToImpl method is the same type of this class. The responsibility of copyToImpl is to copy the state of this class through direct access of the fields. The copyToImpl method should not use getters and setters since these may be overridden, causing the state of this class to be incompletely copied.
target - The target object to which the state of this object should be copied. If target is null, then the copyTo method will return a new instance of this class.
The object to which the state of this object was copied. If the target was non-null, then the return value is the same as the target object that was passed in; otherwise, the return value is a new instance of this class.
java.lang.ClassCastException - if target is non-null and cannot be downcast to the type of this object.

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