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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2012 5:35 pm 

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I am yet another newbie struggling with an IllegalArgumentException on my getter method of property: id.
I know this problem has been asked about before and I have read the answers, but I'm still stuck.
Please bear with me and excuse any incorrect terminology.

My application is basically the hibernate 3.6.7 EventManager tutorial, project root ./project/hibernate-documentation/quickstart/tutorials/basic,
and, after getting this to work ok (using maven V3 to build), I am now trying to experiment with subclasses.
Specifically, I want to implement two subclasses inside same table (Table per class) in my Event class in Event.hbm.xml
using a discriminator column - Here is my new Event.hbm.xml :

<hibernate-mapping package="org.hibernate.tutorial.hbm">

    <class name="Event" table="EVENTS">
        <id name="id" type="long" column="EVENT_ID">
            <generator class="sequence"/>
        <discriminator type="string">
            <column name="discriminator" />
        <property name="date" type="timestamp" column="EVENT_DATE"/>
        <property name="title"/>
        <property name="bindata" type="binary" update="true" insert="true" column="BINDATA"/>
    [b]    <!-- subclasses -->
            <subclass name="greenleaf" discriminator-value="GRLF">
                <property name="greenlong" type="long" column="leafvalue"/>
            <subclass name="redleaf" discriminator-value="RDLF">
                <property name="redlong" type="long" column="leafvalue"/>


Here are my getters and setters in Event.java :
public class Event {
   private long id;

   private String title;
   private Date date;
   private byte[] bindata;
   private String discriminator;

   public Event() {
      // this form used by Hibernate

   public Event(String title, Date date, byte[] bindata , String discriminator) {
      // for application use, to create new events
      this.title = title;
      this.date = date;
      this.bindata = bindata;
      this.discriminator = discriminator;

   public long getId() {
      return id;

   public void setId(long id) {
      this.id = id;

   public Date getDate() {
      return date;

   public void setDate(Date date) {
      this.date = date;

   public String getTitle() {
      return title;

   public void setTitle(String title) {
      this.title = title;

   public byte[] getBindata() {
      return bindata;

   public void setBindata(byte[] bindata) {
      this.bindata = bindata;

   public String getDiscriminator() {
      return discriminator;

   public void setDiscriminator(String discriminator) {
      this.discriminator = discriminator;

   public Event getGreenleaf() {
         return this;

   public void setGreenleaf(Event greenleaf) {
      this.title = greenleaf.title;
      this.date = greenleaf.date;
      this.bindata = greenleaf.bindata;
      this.discriminator = new String("GRLF");

   public Event getRedleaf() {
         return this;

   public void setRedleaf(Event redleaf) {
      this.title = redleaf.title;
      this.date = redleaf.date;
      this.bindata = redleaf.bindata;
      this.discriminator = new String("RDLF");

And here are relevant snippets from the EventManager.java and localUtil.java (which creates the session)


    private void createAndStoreEvent(String title, Date theDate, byte[] theData ,String theDiscriminator )/********** throws IOException ***********/  {
   byte[] debug_bytes = new byte[40];
   String debug_string;
   /* public static String toHexString(byte[] bytes) */
   char[] hexArray = {'0','1','2','3','4','5','6','7','8','9','A','B','C','D','E','F'};
   char[] hexChars = new char[80];
   int masked_byte;
        int bytes_read;
        int num_hexchars;
        Long redlong;
        Long greenlong;
        long eventId = 8888;

        Session session = localUtil.getSessionFactory().getCurrentSession();

        Event theEvent = new Event();
        /* eventId = new Long(8888); */
        /* theEvent.setId(eventId); */
        redleaf theredleaf = new redleaf();
        greenleaf thegreenleaf = new greenleaf();

        redlong    = new Long(12);
        greenlong  = new Long(7);



and localUtil.java :

public class localUtil {

    private static final SessionFactory sessionFactory = buildSessionFactory();

    private static SessionFactory buildSessionFactory() {
        try {
            // Create the SessionFactory from hibernate.cfg.xml
            return new Configuration().configure().buildSessionFactory();
        catch (Throwable ex) {
            // Make sure you log the exception, as it might be swallowed
            System.err.println("Initial SessionFactory creation failed." + ex);
            throw new ExceptionInInitializerError(ex);

    public static SessionFactory getSessionFactory() {
        return sessionFactory;


This all compiles ok but at run time I get :

509 [org.hibernate.tutorial.hbm.EventManager.main()] INFO org.hibernate.impl.SessionFactoryImpl - building session factory
516 [org.hibernate.tutorial.hbm.EventManager.main()] INFO org.hibernate.type.BasicTypeRegistry - Type registration [materialized_blob] overrides previous : org.hibernate.type.MaterializedBlobType@5e76f2e8
558 [org.hibernate.tutorial.hbm.EventManager.main()] ERROR org.hibernate.property.BasicPropertyAccessor - IllegalArgumentException in class: org.hibernate.tutorial.hbm.Event, getter method of property: id
Initial SessionFactory creation failed.org.hibernate.PropertyAccessException: IllegalArgumentException occurred calling getter of org.hibernate.tutorial.hbm.Event.id
   at sun.reflect.NativeMethodAccessorImpl.invoke0(Native Method)
   at sun.reflect.NativeMethodAccessorImpl.invoke(NativeMethodAccessorImpl.java:39)
   at sun.reflect.DelegatingMethodAccessorImpl.invoke(DelegatingMethodAccessorImpl.java:25)
   at java.lang.reflect.Method.invoke(Method.java:597)
   at org.codehaus.mojo.exec.ExecJavaMojo$1.run(ExecJavaMojo.java:297)
   at java.lang.Thread.run(Thread.java:662)
Caused by: java.lang.ExceptionInInitializerError
   at org.hibernate.tutorial.hbm.localUtil.buildSessionFactory(localUtil.java:21)
   at org.hibernate.tutorial.hbm.localUtil.<clinit>(localUtil.java:11)
   at org.hibernate.tutorial.hbm.EventManager.createAndStoreEvent(EventManager.java:68)
   at org.hibernate.tutorial.hbm.EventManager.main(EventManager.java:43)
   ... 6 more
Caused by: org.hibernate.PropertyAccessException: IllegalArgumentException occurred calling getter of org.hibernate.tutorial.hbm.Event.id
   at org.hibernate.property.BasicPropertyAccessor$BasicGetter.get(BasicPropertyAccessor.java:198)
   at org.hibernate.engine.UnsavedValueFactory.getUnsavedIdentifierValue(UnsavedValueFactory.java:67)
   at org.hibernate.tuple.PropertyFactory.buildIdentifierProperty(PropertyFactory.java:67)
   at org.hibernate.tuple.entity.EntityMetamodel.<init>(EntityMetamodel.java:135)
   at org.hibernate.persister.entity.AbstractEntityPersister.<init>(AbstractEntityPersister.java:485)
   at org.hibernate.persister.entity.SingleTableEntityPersister.<init>(SingleTableEntityPersister.java:133)
   at org.hibernate.persister.PersisterFactory.createClassPersister(PersisterFactory.java:84)
   at org.hibernate.impl.SessionFactoryImpl.<init>(SessionFactoryImpl.java:286)
   at org.hibernate.cfg.Configuration.buildSessionFactory(Configuration.java:1872)
   at org.hibernate.tutorial.hbm.localUtil.buildSessionFactory(localUtil.java:16)
   ... 9 more
Caused by: java.lang.IllegalArgumentException: object is not an instance of declaring class
   at sun.reflect.NativeMethodAccessorImpl.invoke0(Native Method)
   at sun.reflect.NativeMethodAccessorImpl.invoke(NativeMethodAccessorImpl.java:39)
   at sun.reflect.DelegatingMethodAccessorImpl.invoke(DelegatingMethodAccessorImpl.java:25)
   at java.lang.reflect.Method.invoke(Method.java:597)
   at org.hibernate.property.BasicPropertyAccessor$BasicGetter.get(BasicPropertyAccessor.java:172)
   ... 18 more
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
[INFO] An exception occured while executing the Java class. null

I have tried using different types for the id attribute, I've also noticed from other postings
that in different contexts this kind of error is caused by omitting a suitable getter method for the collection,
but whatever I try it's always the same error, and I don't know how to find out what it's really complaining about.

Can anyone please give me a pointer as to what is wrong?

John Lumby

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