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I have these classes...

class MoreVAdto  extends VAdto{
//additional fields which are not in VAdto
}

class  VAdto{
//fields mapped to DB columns. generated by a ORM tool
}



I populate MoreVAdto.


Now  I would like to retrieve populated VAdto out of MoreVAdto  instance.

What is the way ?


(I need this because I have a DAO method which takes input VAdto instance to persist field data into DB .
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Now  I would like to retrieve populated VAdto out of MoreVAdto  instance.

What is the way ?
You can really only do that by access to the members of MoreVAdto. If, because it's a DTO you can't do this, then you'd have to break into it with reflection, although resorting to this is a sure sign there's something fundamentally wrong with the design
Now  I would like to retrieve populated VAdto out of MoreVAdto  instance.

What is the way ?


(I need this because I have a DAO method which takes input VAdto instance to persist field data into DB .
If your DAO takes a VAdto as an argument, you can simply pass your MoreVAdto object to it directly.   Since it extends VAdto, it can be used anywhere where a VAdto object is expected.

If the above is not the case, then you need to explain further what you are doing because something from you have said, it is that simple.
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If you pass instance of MoreVAdto to your function which has a argument of VAdto,  it should accept as MoreVAdto extends VAdto. Should not be a problem.

By crud way, You can typecast instance of MoreVAdto as,
VAdto result =  (VAdto) instanceOfMoreVAdto;

As you are using ORM so even though you have more # of fields inside your dto, it will persists only those attributes which you have given inside your mapping.
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OK. I'll  give  these  solutions a try.

In the mean time , why I have made such a design ?  well,  you know in my GUI interface I have some form fields required to be persisted and some are not.

fields which are to be persisted are in VAdto. ( this is generated by ORM tool...mapped to DB columns) and fields which are NOT to be persisted are in MoreVAdto  .

finally  .... In GUI interface , I am presenting MoreVAdto  instance to the user.


so  ...when a user submits form , in action class I  get MoreVAdto   instance .....and I really need now VAdto instance to pass to DAO layer  to persis in DB......here is the issue now ....how do I retrieve the VAdto instance out of  MoreVAdto  instance .


Well, I'll  give your solutions a try .  Lets see how it works.

Thanks
@bonzermahesh,

I have noticed now a couple of posts from you where you copy the general idea from a previous post (just changing the wording slightly). Please stop doing that otherwise further action will be taken.

And in regards to your statement about "typecasting" the instance, the typecast is unnecessary, again because MoreVAdto extends VAdto, a simple assignment will work fine. Or, as is the solution that I am proposing, simply passing the MoreVAdto instance to the DAO that is expecting a VAdto instance will work perfectly fine.
I am facing an issue here.

form data is not populating to VAdto fields.

In GUI  Struts 2 form fields is not populating data into inherited fields.
I think it's time to post some code
code is bit bigger ...I'm posting relevant part only.  



Fahamaliexpensesettlementgcdetails  is  the  class generated by ORM and has DB column mapped fields


******DTO****************
Fahamaliexpensesettlementgcdetails{ //generated 
protected int gcid; 
protected BigDecimal calculatedExpense;
.................
..................




public class FahamaliexpensesettlementgcdetailsExt extends Fahamaliexpensesettlementgcdetails{
	
	private String gcNo;
	private String gcDate;
	private String actualWeight;
	............................
	............................









********Action class*************

public class HamaliExpenseSettlementAction extends AbstractVoucherAction {

private List<FahamaliexpensesettlementgcdetailsExt> gcList;
.............
gcList=//populated from DAO layer.



*************JSP************

<s:iterator value="gcList" var="gcListObj" status="rowstatus">
		<tr id='gcTableRow_<s:property value="%{#gcListObj.gcId}"/>' class='gcTableRow'>
			<td class="CENTER_ALIGN">
				
				<s:hidden name="gcList[%{#rowstatus.index}].gcId" value="%{#gcListObj.gcId}" />
			</td>


			

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Error in server console :

Error setting expression 'gcList[5].gcId' with value '[Ljava.lang.String;@190f83a': ognl.NoSuchPropertyException: com.dto.ext.FahamaliexpensesettlementgcdetailsExt.gcId
comments please
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Thanks.  this works ,
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