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marți, 27 octombrie 2015

OmniFaces 2.2 ViewParam with default value

View parameters have been introduced starting with JSF 2.0. They appear nested in the metadata section and their main goal is to sustain the developer to provide bookmarkable URLs.

View parameters are stateful and they need to be initialized only once. This is great because they are available in the current view over postbacks, even if they no longer appear in the URL (they may appear only at initial request). But, there are a few drawbacks of this behavior ‐ they are not bugs, but as you will see, they can lead to performance problems:

·         Invoke the setter method at each postback
·         Break stateful character leads to problems with the required built‐in validator
·         Invoke the converter regardless the null values

OmniFaces fix these issues via ViewParam component (<o:viewParam>) which is stateless. How this component works and it is implemented is presented in Mastering OmniFaces book.

Starting with OmniFaces 2.2, this component support a new attribute named, default. Via this attribute we can initialize (set a default value)  a view parameter. Per example, let's check the below example:

 <f:viewParam name="phone" value="#{}"/>
 <o:viewParam name="prefix" default="001" value="#{phoneBean.prefix}"/>

public class PhoneBean {
 private String prefix;
 private String phone;
 // getters and setters

We can see the effect of the default attribute by "juggling" with the initial request query string:

- both view parameters are initialized via query string (default attribute is ignored)

Output: 0721-825890

- only phone view parameter is initialized via query string (default value is used since prefix doesn't have a value):

Output: 001-825890

The complete application is available here.

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