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12.4.12. About Dynamic Instantiation
There is a particular expression type that is only valid in the select clause. Hibernate calls this "dynamic instantiation". JPQL supports some of this feature and calls it a "constructor expression".
Example 12.11. Dynamic Instantiation Example - Constructor
select new Family( mother, mate, offspr ) from DomesticCat as mother join mother.mate as mate left join mother.kittens as offspr
So rather than dealing with the Object here we are wrapping the values in a type-safe java object that will be returned as the results of the query. The class reference must be fully qualified and it must have a matching constructor.
The class here need not be mapped. If it does represent an entity, the resulting instances are returned in the NEW state (not managed!).
This is the part JPQL supports as well. HQL supports additional "dynamic instantiation" features. First, the query can specify to return a List rather than an Object for scalar results:
Example 12.12. Dynamic Instantiation Example - List
select new list(mother, offspr, mate.name) from DomesticCat as mother inner join mother.mate as mate left outer join mother.kittens as offspr
The results from this query will be a List<List> as opposed to a List<Object>
HQL also supports wrapping the scalar results in a Map.
Example 12.13. Dynamic Instantiation Example - Map
select new map( mother as mother, offspr as offspr, mate as mate ) from DomesticCat as mother inner join mother.mate as mate left outer join mother.kittens as offspr select new map( max(c.bodyWeight) as max, min(c.bodyWeight) as min, count(*) as n ) from Cat cxt"/>
The results from this query will be a List<Map<String,Object>> as opposed to a List<Object>. The keys of the map are defined by the aliases given to the select expressions.