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(Quick Reference)

discriminator

Purpose

Customizes the discriminator column used in table-per-hierarchy inheritance mapping. Has no effect when using table-per-subclass inheritance mapping.

Examples

class Content {
    ...
}
class PodCast extends Content {
    ...
    static mapping = {
        discriminator "audio"
    }
}

Description

Usage: discriminator(string/map)

Arguments:

  • column (optional) - The column name to store the discriminator

  • value - The value to use for the discriminator

  • formula (optional) - an SQL expression that is executed to evaluate the type of class. Use this or column but not both

  • type (optional defaults to string) - the Hibernate type, used for the where clause condition to know if it needs to wrap it with '

By default when mapping inheritance Grails uses a single-table model where all classes share the same table. A discriminator column is used to determine the type for each row, by default the full class name. You can use the discriminator method to customize what’s stored:

class Content {
    ...
}
class PodCast extends Content {
    ...
    static mapping = {
        discriminator "audio"
    }
}

You can also customize the discriminator column name:

class Content {
    ...
    static mapping = {
        discriminator column: "content_type"
    }
}
class PodCast extends Content {
    ...
    static mapping = {
        discriminator value: "audio"
    }
}

Or you can use a formula:

class Content {
    ...
    static mapping = {
        discriminator value: "1", type: "integer",
            formula: "case when CLASS_TYPE in ('a', 'b', 'c') then 0 else 1 end",
    }
}
class PodCast extends Content {
    ...
    static mapping = {
        discriminator value: "0"
    }
}