Steve Steinitz <steinit..atatactics.com.au> wrote:
> My apologies if this is an FAQ -- I couldn't find anything in my
> quick searches in the docs, list archives, api and google.
> I need to make an audit trail of changes to an object. Is there
> support in the API for identifying, at commitChanges time, properties
> which differ from the database? Also, would I do this comparison at
> validation time?
> DataRow.createDiff is tantalizing but I can't quite see how to use it
> for this purpose.
I think it's been talked about briefly on the mailing lists, but I think
it'd be hard to locate.
I can tell you how I perform this task, which some might call the "hard"
way. It does not depend on the framework being able to identify changes.
My class generator template files creates "setAndLogX" methods and marks the
original "setX" methods private.
Each setAndLogX method also creates a Log record detailing the changes to
that particular object.
The advantage is that this is almost transparent to the application once
this is set up (or could be -- for my own use, I have to also log some
authentication information with each record, so I pass a couple more
parameters to each method.) If the change commits, so does the log. If
the change fails for any reason and gets rolled back, so does the change
Below is a simplified snippet of what code gets generated. There's a lot of
hardcoded references created by the class-generator. You could be more
abstract at a performance cost, but I don't think you gain anything by it
since the class generator can automatically regenerate the code if the
Note that you also probably need to log "delete"s and "insert"s (which I do
using the same strategy).
public void setAmountType(String aValue)
public void setAndLogAmountType(String aValue)
DataContext aDataContext = this.getDataContext();
ChangeLog aChangeLogObject =
if (null == aValue)
String newValueString = aValue.toString();
if (255 < newValueString.length()) newValueString =
if (null == this.getAmountType())
String oldValueString = this.getAmountType().toString();
if (255 < oldValueString.length()) oldValueString =
> ps. let me take this opportunity to acknowledge Andrus' tireless,
> patient and competant work in keeping this list an excellent
> source of information -- I believe I would speak for everyone
Yeah, we all pretty much take him for granted :)
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