The Java EE 6 Tutorial, Volume I

Bulk Updates and Deletes

The following examples show how to use the UPDATE and DELETE expressions in queries. UPDATE and DELETE operate on multiple entities according to the condition or conditions set in the WHERE clause. The WHERE clause in UPDATE and DELETE queries follows the same rules as SELECT queries.

Update Queries

UPDATE Player p
SET p.status = ’inactive’
WHERE p.lastPlayed < :inactiveThresholdDate

Description: This query sets the status of a set of players to inactive if the player’s last game was longer than the date specified in inactiveThresholdDate.

Delete Queries

FROM Player p
WHERE p.status = ’inactive’
AND p.teams IS EMPTY

Description: This query deletes all inactive players who are not on a team.