[Neo] getProperty and null...

Mattias Persson mattias at neotechnology.com
Tue Jan 5 12:59:36 CET 2010

Well, I think it's generally a good thing to be able to distinguish
mandatory stuff from optional stuff... and that's the use case of
those two methods.

If you're getting a property which "must" be there in your domain you
shouldn't have to check for null in all those cases, it feels so
C-like to me... it should just return my value or else fail miserably
so that I can see right then and there that there's a bug in my code
(in this case the code which created my domain object or similar).

And the one with the default value is great since I find myself
passing in other things as well, not just null. I just couldn't live
without any of them really.

Just my point of view on this...

2010/1/5 Mattias Ask <mattias.ask at jayway.com>:
> Hi everyone,
> I have an issue which I would like your opinion on... It's mostly a question
> of code aesthetics, to be honest, but still...
> When I look in my code I see myNode.getProperty(SOME_PROP, null);
> everyehere... The reason for this is that I if I called
> myNode.getProperty(SOME_PROP) I'd have to check for org.neo4j.api.core.
> NotFoundException everywhere that I read properties that are not mandatory.
> What if myNode.getProperty(SOME_PROP) was to return null instead? The doc
> says explicitly that you can't persist null. If
> myNode.getProperty(SOME_PROP) where to return null this would mean, without
> any doubt, that the property does not exist, right? The upside to this would
> be that I wouldn't have to use the DefaultReturnValue null everywhere. And
> the argument that I'd have to null-check everywhere is kind of moot since I
> already return null as DefaultReturnValue.
> In my case my domain objects extend a NodeDelegate, which takes an
> underlaying node in the constructor. This means that I can use
> getProperty(SOME_PROP, null) everytime I call getProperty(SOME_PROP)... but
> the question is if there are any downsides to doing that? What are your
> thoughts on this?
> Best,
> Mattias Ask
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