Many-to-One Example Hibernate

Many-to-One Example Hibernate

Many-to-One Hibernate

Note: It is advised to read One-to-Many association before going this.

You have seen one example on one-to-many involving dept (corresponding Dept class) and employee (corresponding Employee class) tables. You have achieved this in Java by adding many objects of Employee to Dept object through Set.

Many-to-one is also the same but viewing perspective (side) is different. Here, we see from Employee side. Many employees belong to one dept (earlier one dept contains many employees). This is many-to-one, just reverse viewing of one-to-many. How to achieve this?

The same Dept and Employee bean classes and tables dept and employee are used. Tables have the same columns. Make small changes in the variables of Dept and Employee classes.

1. Remove java.util.Set from Dept.

2. Add one Dept object in Employee class (this is how many to one association is achieved).

That is all. But remember, the mapping file changes but not configuration file.

1. File Name:

The same Dept bean of one-to-many is used with a small change that Set variable is removed.

Observe, both import java.util.Set and variable private Set employees are removed from Dept class of one-to-many.

2. File Name:

The same Employee bean of one-to-many is used with a very small change of addition of Dept object variable.

private Dept myDept;

Observe the addition of object myDept of Dept class in Employee class. Observe slowly the difference between one-to-many and many-to-one. I feel, comparison is the better way of understanding.

3. File Name: hibernate.cfg.xml

4. File Name: dept.hbm.xml

<many-to-one> XML element is used to establish the many-to-one relationship between the Dept and Employee classes.


The cascade attribute does the required operations to the associated Java class. all value set to cascade element, cascades all the operations. For example, if you save the Employee object, the corresponding Dept object also will be saved automatically.

5. File Name: Client Program: (inserts records in dept and employee tables)

You can observe the same tables of one-to-many but the inserting mode is different. In one-to-many, the records were inserted through Dept class and now from Employee class.


Console output screen


After inserting activity, let us write how to fetch the record from tables.

File Name:

Console output screen.

Many-to-One Hibernate

After retrieving, let us write one more client program to delete the record. Before this, try to answer the following question, necessary to understand the deletion of record.

Does the following code works?

Never, it gives an exception of "integrity constraint (SCOTT.SYS_C005342) violated – child record found". The child table employee has a foreign key constraint and for this reason Employee e1 object cannot be deleted.

Then how to delete the Dept and Employee records?

Following is the code that deletes.

File Name:

It is a small technique. First kill of all the Employee objects associated with the Dept. There are three Employee IDs with 100, 101 and 102 (see our insertion code, first client program). All the three Employee objects are deleted with Iterator and finally after the while loop, Dept object is deleted. Confirm the action, with the database.

Many-to-One Hibernate

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