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How to Ignore Value Properties in Javers

If you just want the solutions, look at the first and last code blocks. Read the whole article if you want some storytelling. Please comment if you have any feedback.

At work one day, my task was to ignore certain properties of objects when they were being compared. Suppose the object, e.g. custom vertex, had properties { lastUpdated, color, x, y, z, comments }. If one was comparing objects of these properties, one might not want the fields “lastUpdated” and “comments” to be involved since they are metadata and not practical properties. I quickly learned that Javers was being used in creating these diff objects. After reading the documentation, I came across the @DiffIgnore annotation that could be used in the objects implementation to specify properties to ignore.

The only problem with this is that I did not implement the objects I was using! The object’s I was using were imports so I hit a roadblock. One solution I did think of was to first get the changes with those properties I didn’t want, and then remove them from the original changes list. Of course I’d have to make a copy of the changes list since the return value of getChanges is not modifiable.

If you always think of efficiency, you’ll see that this solution is grossly inefficient even if it does get the work done. If only there was some way for the unwanted changes to not even exist in the first place.

I did a lot of reading and came across custom entities. When you are creating a Javers object, you can add objects to it with ignored properties. This works for some objects but I quickly learned that what I needed was to specify a value object not an Entity object as the latter requires an IdPropertyName. So after going to Stack Overflow and sorting questions for Javers by new I came across a comment that told the OP use registerValueObject. I searched it up and sure enough, it was exactly what I needed. Here’s how you would use it:


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