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From Bruno Dumon <>
Subject Re: [CForms] Howto?: bind repeater to collection of String
Date Tue, 18 Jul 2006 08:28:40 GMT
On Mon, 2006-07-17 at 18:04 -0700, Mark Lundquist wrote:
> ______________________________________________________________________
> OK, I've spent way too long trying to figure this out... :-/
> I always get annoyed with having to play games in flowscript in order
> to use a selection list or a <fd:multivalue-field> to manipulate
> collections of beans.  Those widgets work great for value types like
> String, not for  entities.  But that's another story...  Today, I am
> trying to bind a repeater to a collection of String!  And it's not
> working.  Looking at the source code, I guess how I'm doing it isn't
> advertised to work in the first place... OK, fine, I just need to
> learn the correct way to accomplish it! :-)
> So the deal is, the user gets to create new items or delete existing
> ones.  (They don't get to change any existing items... just delete
> 'em.  Hence the <fd:output>).
> Here's my definition:
>     <fd:repeater id="editions">
>       <fd:label>Available Editions</fd:label>
>       <fd:widgets>
>         <fd:output id="name">
>           <fd:datatype base="string"/>
>           <fd:label>Name</fd:label>
>         </fd:output>
>         <fd:row-action id="delete" command="delete">
>           <fd:label>delete</fd:label>
>         </fd:row-action>
>       </fd:widgets>
>     </fd:repeater>
>     <fd:submit id="add-edition">
>       <fd:label>Add new</fd:label>
>     </fd:submit>
>     <fd:field id="new-edition-name">
>       <fd:datatype base="string"/>
>       <fd:validation>
>         <fd:length min="1">
>           <fd:failmessage>New edition must have a
> name</fd:failmessage>
>         </fd:length>
>       </fd:validation>
>     </fd:field>
> And here's my binding:
>   <fb:repeater
>         id="editions"
>         parent-path="."
>         row-path="editions" <!-- a java.util.List -->
>       >       
>       <fb:identity>
>         <fb:value id="name" path="." /> <!-- a java.lang.String -->
>       </fb:identity>
>   </fb:repeater>    
> The "Add new" button works by triggering this bit of flowscript:
>         form.lookupWidget ('editions')
>                 .addRow()
>                 .getChild('name').value =
>                     form.lookupWidget ('new-edition-name').value;
> ...and the "delete" row-action just works... sorta (see below).
> The "load" side works fine and the list displays correctly.  The
> delete row-action appears to work fine (w.r.t. refreshing the page),
> and so does the scheme using the two widgets to add a new item.  The
> problem is that when I do a save, the back end model isn't modified
> — the new items aren't added, and the deleted items aren't removed.
> So, two questions:
> 1) What is the deal with row deletion?  Apparently when binding to an
> XML tree, you have to say
> <fb:on-delete-row>
> <fb:delete-node/>
> </fb:on-delete-row>
> if you want the delete row-action to do anything.  Why?  And don't you
> have to do anything special in the binding to make delete work when
> you are binding to a Collection?  If so, what?
> 2) What's the deal with row insertion?  I get this warning in the log
> RepeaterJXPathBinding: RepeaterBinding has detected rows to insert,
> but misses the <on-insert-row> binding to do it.
> OK, I get it... for a bean, we need to register a factory so that the
> binding will know how to create the new thing.  Fair enough.  But I've
> been looking at the documentation
> (, and I don't get
> it... how about an example?  And anyway, I don't have a bean here.
> Just a String.  How do I make this work?

I don't know much about repeater binding and didn't read your problem in
detail, but if you're just binding to a collection of strings you could
as well use the fb:simple-repeater binding (not sure if this works for
beans though).

For the normal binding, note that your string values need to be unique
for it to work (since you're using the string as identity).

For the insert-bean, I guess this won't work for strings as they're

Bruno Dumon                   
Outerthought - Open Source, Java & XML Competence Support Center                

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