Since the Java compiler can assign any value it wants to the ordinal
you cannot reply on it when persisting. You DO need to assign a fixed
value which can be persisted, and later married up to the Enum for
"switch" etc processing.
As Alessio pointed out, that's automatic with enums already, without
switch( Color.valueOf( name ) )
case RED: ...; break;
case BLUE: ...; break;
Alessio Stalla wrote:
You can persist the name of the constant, and retrieve the Enum
instance with Enum.valueOf(MyEnum.class, name).
Or, for an enum 'Foo', use 'Foo.valueOf( name )'.
Or, depending on the context, you can persist the serialized Enum
(enums are serializable by default).
Another thing you can do is override 'toString()' to return some
custom value, and add a static method 'fromString(String)' that
returns the enum instance whose 'toString()' corresponds to the
That approach can be generalized for identification types other than
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