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The value of one of my entity attribute gets calculate by an SQL function. How can I map that with Hibernate?
You can use the @Formula annotation to provide an SQL snippet which Hibernate will execute when it fetches the entity from the database. The return value of the SQL snippet gets mapped to a read-only entity attribute.
I use the annotation in the following example to calculate the age of an author.
When Hibernate fetches an Author entity from the database, it adds the SQL snippet of the formula annotation to its SQL statement.