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Sharbel Lutfallah asked on 15 Jan 2009, 05:32 PM
Does anyone know the best way to update an object that is being accessed at the ASP.NET page level through a BLL which in turn gets it from OA's datalayer?  To complicate the question, how best should I handle setting a sub-object of the update object?  So, if I have a Product object, and I have a subobject of Category type... i change the category to another one, usually I would just chang e the categoryID in the stored proc, but now it seems I have to get the whole object? (seems like a lot of round trips!)

Please comment on my whole updating process... it seems like a lot of manual setting of properties for nothing:

This is the test method at the page level:

protected void cmdTest_Click(object sender, EventArgs e) 
            JobRequirementParameter p = JobRequirementParameterUtility.GetByID(1); 
            p.JobDemandItem = JobDemandItemUtility.GetByID(2);//I have to make a round trip to get the demand object?? 
            p.JobRequirementItem = JobRequirementUtility.GetByID(1); // I have to make a roundtrip here too? 
            p.Description = "sometext"
            p.Code = "@code"
            p.DataTypeID = 1; 

This is the BLL method that updates.. as you can see, i am setting the values of the parameters again in the BLL because otherwise i get runtime-errors from OA.

public static bool Update(JobRequirementParameter c) 
            using (IObjectScope scope = Scope.GetNewObjectScope()) 
                var b = (from cc in scope.Extent<JobRequirementParameter>() 
                         where cc.ParameterID == c.ParameterID 
                         select cc).Single(); 
                if (b != null
                    JobRequirementParameter bn = (JobRequirementParameter)b; 
                    b.Code = c.Code; 
                    b.DataTypeID = c.DataTypeID; 
                    b.Description = c.Description; 
                    var demandItem = (from d in scope.Extent<JobDemandItem>() 
                                     where d.DemandID==c.JobDemandItem.DemandID 
                                     select d).SingleOrDefault(); //Another round trip??????
                    b.JobDemandItem = demandItem; 
                    //b.JobRequirementItem = c.JobRequirementItem; (commented out for now)
                    b.Title = c.Title; 
                    return true
                    return false

Keeping in mind that the CRUD examples in the KB article that I read, are simplistic examples that do not pass the object to a BLL, and do not deal with sub-objects, is this the 'right' way to do it?  Again, it seems like a heck of a lot of manual setting of properties.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!!

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answered on 19 Jan 2009, 11:50 AM
Hi Sharbel Lutfallah,

I think we addressed similar problem with the BLL methods in our previous conversation (TicketID: 184814). As for the sub-objects, they are being updated the same way as others. If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to contact us.

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the Telerik team

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