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lazy loading problem [message #755294] Mon, 07 November 2011 23:39
George Castrey is currently offline George CastreyFriend
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Registered: November 2011
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While trying to do some tests on lazy loading, to check if i'm understanding it well, i got totally confused.

Here's the entities i'm using on my test:

public class Family {
	@GeneratedValue(strategy=GenerationType.SEQUENCE, generator="Family_SEQ")
	private int id;
	@OneToMany(mappedBy="family", fetch=FetchType.LAZY)
	private Set<Person> members;
	//getters & setters
	public String toString(){
		String s="";
		for(Person p:getMembers()){
		return s;

public class Person implements Comparable<Person>{
	@GeneratedValue(strategy=GenerationType.SEQUENCE, generator="Person_SEQ")
	private int id;
	private String firstName;
	private String lastName;
	private Family family;
	//getters &setters

this is my main method :

public static void main(String[] args) {
		factory = Persistence.createEntityManagerFactory(PERSISTENCE_UNIT_NAME);
		em = factory.createEntityManager();
		Query q = em.createQuery("select f from Family f");
		List<Family> families= q.getResultList();
		for(Family f:families){

What i understood from lazy loading, is that if an attribute is marked to be fetched lazily, and doesn't get accessed while it's managed, it won't be loaded in memory and any attempt to access it later won't work. Now what confuses me is that the test described above doesn't have any problem when accessing the lazy members attribute through the detached Family list, even after closing the EM and the EMF ! ... Is that normal? Am-i miss-understanding the lazy loading concept?

Note : I'm using a J2SE environment with an embedded DB.

Thanks in Advance
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