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Set Relation using condition

API request replaces related objects with the ones identified in the API call. Child objects are referenced implicitly - through a whereClause defining the condition for object selection.

Blocking API

Integer result = Backendless.Persistence.of( "TABLE-NAME" ).setRelation( 
                                                   Map parentObject,
                                                   String relationColumnName,
                                                   String whereClause );
Integer result = Backendless.Persistence.of( E ).setRelation( 
                                                   E parentObject,
                                                   String relationColumnName,
                                                   String whereClause );

Non-Blocking API

Backendless.Persistence.of( "TABLE-NAME" ).setRelation( 
                                             Map parentObject,
                                             String relationColumnName,
                                             String whereClause,
                                             AsyncCallback<Integer> callback );
Backendless.Persistence.of( E ).setRelation( 
                                   E parentObject,
                                   String relationColumnName,
                                   String whereClause,
                                   AsyncCallback;<Integer> callback );

where:

Argument                Description
TABLE-NAME Name of the table where the parent object is stored.
E Java class of the parent object. The class name identifies the table where the parent object is stored.
parentObject The object which will be assigned related children for relatedColumnName. When this argument is an instance of java.util.Map (for the map-based approach), it must contain the "objectId" property.
relationColumnName Name of the column identifying the relation. Objects from the children collection will be set as related for the  column in parentObject. The column name may optionally include table name separated by the colon character as well as cardinality which determines the type of relationship (one to one or one to many) (see the note below):

Important

If the column does not exist in the parent table at the time when the API is called, the value of the "relationColumnName" argument must include the name of the child table separated by colon and the cardinality notation. The cardinality is expressed as ":1" for one-to-one relations and ":n" for one-to-many relations. For example, the value of "myOrder:Order:1" will create a one-to-one relation column "myOrder" in the parent table. The column will point to the Order child table. Likewise, the value of "myOrder:Order:n" will create a one-to-many relation column "myOrder" pointing to the Order table.

Argument                Description
whereClause a where clause condition identifying objects in the child table which will be set as the related objects for the parent object.
callback a responder object which will receive a callback when the relation has been set or if an error occurs. Applies to the asynchronous method only.

Return Value

Number of child objects set into the relation. The asynchronous call receives the return value through a callback executed on the AsyncCallback object.

Example

The following request creates a relation between a Person object and all objects in the Users table which match the provided query. The query is specified in the whereClause argument:

name='Joe' or name = 'Frank'. 

As a result of the operation, all User objects where the name property is either Joe or Frank will be set in the relation. The relation column is created if it does not exist. This is done because the column contains the child table qualifier, defined as ":Users" right after the column name.

HashMap<String, Object> parentObject = new HashMap<String, Object>();
parentObject.put( "objectId", "41230622-DC4D-204F-FF5A-F893A0324800" );

Backendless.Data.of( "Person" ).setRelation( parentObject, 
                                             "users:Users:n", 
                                             "name = \"Joe\" or name = \"Frank\"", 
                                             new AsyncCallback<Integer>()
{
  @Override
  public void handleResponse( Integer response )
  {
    Log.i( "MYAPP", "relation has been set" );
  }

  @Override
  public void handleFault( BackendlessFault fault )
  {
    Log.e( "MYAPP", "server reported an error - " + fault.getMessage() );
  }
} );
Person personObject = // personObject retrieval is out of scope in this example

Backendless.Data.of( Person.class ).setRelation( personObject, 
                                                 "users:Users:n", 
                                                 "name = \"Joe\" or name = \"Frank\"",
        new AsyncCallback<Integer>()
        {
          @Override
          public void handleResponse( Integer response )
          {
            Log.i( "MYAPP", "relation has been set");
          }

          @Override
          public void handleFault( BackendlessFault fault )
          {
            Log.e( "MYAPP", "server reported an error - " + fault.getMessage() );
          }
        } );