SetEntity methods

Annotate a DAO method with @SetEntity to fill a core driver data structure from an Entity:

public interface ProductDao {
  BoundStatement bind(Product product, BoundStatement boundStatement);

The generated code will set each entity property on the target, such as:

boundStatement = boundStatement.set("id", product.getId(), UUID.class);
boundStatement = boundStatement.set("description", product.getDescription(), String.class);

It does not perform a query. Instead, those methods are intended for cases where you will execute the query yourself, and just need the conversion logic.

Lenient mode

By default, the mapper operates in “strict” mode: the target statement must contain a matching column for every property in the entity definition, except computed ones. If such a column is not found, an error will be thrown.

Starting with driver 4.12.0, the @SetEntity annotation has a new lenient attribute. If this attribute is explicitly set to true, the mapper will operate in “lenient” mode: all entity properties that have a matching column in the target statement will be set. However, unmatched properties will be left untouched.

As an example to illustrate how lenient mode works, assume that we have the following entity and DAO:

@Entity class Product {

  @PartitionKey int id;
  String description;
  float price;
  // other members omitted

interface ProductDao {

  @SetEntity(lenient = true)
  BoundStatement setLenient(Product product, BoundStatement stmt);


Then the following code would be possible:

Product product = new Product(1, "scented candle", 12.99);
// stmt does not contain the price column
BoundStatement stmt = session.prepare("INSERT INTO product (id, description) VALUES (?, ?)").bind();
stmt = productDao.setLenient(product, stmt);

Since no price column was found in the target statement, product.price wasn’t read (if the statement is executed, the resulting row in the database will have a price of zero). Without lenient mode, the code above would throw an error instead.

Lenient mode allows to achieve the equivalent of driver 3.x manual mapping feature.

Beware that lenient mode may result in incomplete rows being inserted in the database.


The method must have two parameters: one is the entity instance, the other must be a subtype of SettableByName (the most likely candidates are BoundStatement, BoundStatementBuilder and UdtValue). Note that you can’t use SettableByName itself.

The order of the parameters does not matter.

The annotation can define a null saving strategy that applies to the properties of the object to set. This is only really useful with bound statements (or bound statement builders): if the target is a UdtValue, the driver sends null fields in the serialized form anyway, so both strategies are equivalent.

Return type

The method can either be void, or return the exact same type as its settable parameter.

void bind(Product product, UdtValue udtValue);

void bind(Product product, BoundStatementBuilder builder);

Note that if the settable parameter is immutable, the method should return a new instance, because the generated code won’t be able to modify the argument in place. This is the case for BoundStatement, which is immutable in the driver:

// Wrong: statement won't be modified
void bind(Product product, BoundStatement statement);

// Do this instead:
BoundStatement bind(Product product, BoundStatement statement);

If you use a void method with BoundStatement, the mapper processor will issue a compile-time warning.