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Required (Property Keyword)

For a persistent class, specifies that the property’s value must be given a value before it can be stored to disk. For an XML-enabled class, specifies that the element to which the property is mapped is required.


To specify that the property is required, use the following syntax:

Property name As classname [ Required ];

Otherwise, omit this keyword or place the word Not immediately before the keyword.


For a persistent class, this keyword specifies that the property must be given a value before the containing object can be stored to disk; an error occurs if the property does not have a value.

If a property is of type %StreamOpens in a new tab, the stream cannot be a null stream. That is, the stream property is considered to have a value if the %IsNull() method returns 0.

For a class that extends %XML.AdaptorOpens in a new tab, this keyword affects the corresponding XML schema. If a property is marked Required, then the corresponding element in the schema does not have minOccurs="0" and is thus considered required. See Projecting Objects to XML. Note that in this case, the class does not have to be a persistent class. XML schema validation occurs when InterSystems IRIS reads an XML document; see Using XML Tools.

In a subclass, you can mark an optional property as required, but you cannot do the reverse.


If a property is marked as both read-only and required, note the following difference in behavior between object access and SQL access:

  • When you save the object, InterSystems IRIS does not validate the property. This means that InterSystems IRIS ignores the Required keyword for that property.

  • When you insert or update a record, InterSystems IRIS does consider the Required keyword for the property.


If you omit this keyword, the property is not required.

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