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<h1>Mapped superclass</h1>
<p><a id="sthref114" name="sthref114"></a><a id="sthref115" name="sthref115"></a>An entity that extends a <span class="bold">Mapped Superclass</span> class inherits the persistent state and mapping information from a superclass. You should use a mapped superclass to define mapping information that is common to multiple entity classes.</p>
<p>A mapped superclass <span class="italic">can be</span>:</p>
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<p>Abstract or concrete classes</p>
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<p>A mapped superclass <span class="italic">cannot be</span>:</p>
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<p>Be queried or passed as an argument to Entity-Manager or Query operations</p>
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<p>Be the target of a persistent relationship</p>
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<p>A mapped superclass does not have a defined database table. Instead, its mapping information is derived from its superclass. To override the mapping information for a specific subclass, use the <code>@AttributeOverride</code> annotation for that specific class.</p>
<p><a id="sthref116" name="sthref116"></a><a id="sthref117" name="sthref117"></a><a id="sthref118" name="sthref118"></a><a id="sthref119" name="sthref119"></a>A mapped superclass is identified by the <code>@MappedSuperclass</code> annotation.</p>
<p>Use this procedure to add Mapped Superclass persistence to an existing entity:</p>
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<p>Open the Java class in the <span class="gui-object-title">Project Explorer</span>.</p>
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<p>Select the class in the JPA Structure view.</p>
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<p>In the JPA Details view, click the mapping type hyperlink to open the <a href="reference073.htm#CACFEGAG">Mapping Type Selection dialog</a>.</p>
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<p>Select <span class="bold">Mapped Superclass</span> and then <span class="bold">OK</span>.</p>
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<p class="titleinfigure">Mapping Type Selection Dialog (Mapped Superclass)</p>
<img src="img/mapping_type_selection_superclass.png" alt="The Mapping Type Selection dialog with Mapped Superclass selected." title="The Mapping Type Selection dialog with Mapped Superclass selected." /><br /></div>
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<p>Complete the remaining <a href="ref_persistence_prop_view.htm#BABFAEBB">JPA Details view (for entities)</a>.</p>
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<p><a href="task_add_persistence.htm#BABHICAI">Adding persistence to a class</a></p>
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<p><a href="task_additonal_tables.htm#CIHGBIEI">Specifying additional tables</a></p>
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<p><a href="task_inheritance.htm#CIHCCCJD">Specifying entity inheritance</a></p>
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