we have an database design problem on mySQL using JBoss. We are using CMP, Autoincrement and InnoDB relationships. The Problem of our design question is the following: As we use EJB as abstaction layer and tranfer data from client to server by DTO, we have a "dirty flag" that marks our DTO as modified by the client. Then our serverside logic has to create/modify these entities. No problems until here. But when we have related data, it is impossible to create the relationship witout getting the database table id becaouse of the foreign constraint. Threrfore we allowed to insert data with foreign key null which is quite not very nice! Is there any possibility or JBoss mechanism to tell the container to create constrained data objects in one operation including the correct foreign references. So we would not have to do it unsecure in two steps (the foreign key = null way without DB savety or access to the DB layer since object abstaction is not any more given in a elegant form).