Re: I don't understand enums

Daniel Pitts <>
Sat, 02 Feb 2008 15:11:11 -0800
Roedy Green wrote:

On Sat, 26 Jan 2008 15:42:36 -0800, Patricia Shanahan <>
wrote, quoted or indirectly quoted someone who said :

Have you considered treating the database field value as distinct from
the enum ordinal, and providing an explicit mapping between them? That
might be less fragile, and allow you to insert new values at logical
positions in the ordinal.

I go on at great length about this fragility problem and various
indecent and decent ways around it.


Often, enums in databases shouldn't be thought of in the same way as
Java enums.

One approach I take is to create a table that contains the enum ID and
the enum name, then use a FK into that table. In java, I can have a
mapping between the name and the Java enum value. Or, I could do
without enums altogether in the Java code (enums are useful, but also
often abuseful).

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