HQL supports the use of ANSI SQL
row value constructor syntax (sometimes called
tuple syntax), even though the underlying database may not support that notion. Here we are generally referring to multi-valued comparisons, typically associated with components. Consider an entity Person which defines a name component:
from Person p where p.name.first='John' and p.name.last='Jingleheimer-Schmidt'
That's valid syntax, although a little verbose. It be nice to make this a bit more concise and use
row value constructor syntax:
from Person p where p.name=('John', 'Jingleheimer-Schmidt')
It can also be useful to specify this in the
select p.name from from Person p
Another time using
row value constructor syntax can be beneficial is when using subqueries needing to compare against multiple values:
from Cat as cat
where not ( cat.name, cat.color ) in (
select cat.name, cat.color from DomesticCat cat
One thing to consider when deciding if you want to use this syntax is that the query will be dependent upon the ordering of the component sub-properties in the metadata.