You shouldn't have two ways of mapping an association inside a single
entity.

Either use objects, or use identifiers (and don't use lazy-loading then).

Also, you can always get a reference, if you know that the foreign key is
valid, via $product = $em->getReference(Product::class, 4).

Marco Pivetta

http://twitter.com/Ocramius

http://ocramius.github.com/

On Wed, Sep 21, 2016 at 12:56 AM, Dennis Fedco <dmatve...@fedco-usa.com>
wrote:

> When foreign key integer value is already known ... Is it a good practice
> to have both methods for:
>
>    - setting foreign ID directly by using its integer value
>    - setting foreign ID by using the associated Entity
>
> Example:
> $item = new Item();
>
>
> //setting foreign key by its integer value
>
> $item->setProductId(4);
>
>
> //setting foreign key via its Doctrine Entity:
>
> $productEntity = $em->find(Product::class, 4);
>
> $item->setProduct($productEntity);
>
>
>
> Dennis
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