commons-dev mailing list archives

Site index · List index
Message view « Date » · « Thread »
Top « Date » · « Thread »
From Oliver Heger <>
Subject Re: [beanutils] Property access on a fluent API
Date Thu, 06 Dec 2012 20:48:00 GMT
Am 05.12.2012 23:13, schrieb Benedikt Ritter:
> Hi Oliver,
> AFAIK beanutils is not restricted to pure JavaBeans. The project website
> just says that the component provides simple wrappers around the java
> refelct and introspect API. So I would say, that the functionality you
> propsed would fit nicely into BU (maybe the scope has changed and now the
> name is a bit misleading?!).
> Regarding your question where to implement it: I did some work on beanutils
> 2, but there are several outstanding issues on JIRA that block me from
> providing more patches. So development is a bit stuck until someone can
> step in and review those issues and the patches attached to them.
> After that, there are a some points to address before BU2 can be promoted
> to proper and eventually be released [1].
> So if you need that functionality quickly, it would probably be easier to
> add it to BU1 and push out a release.


it is not that urgent because [configuration] is currently undergoing a 
redesign for the 2.0 version which will take some time. I hope to find 
some cycles in the near future to provide a patch with the proposed 
feature for [beanutils].

Unfortunately, there does not seem to be much interest in this component 


> Regards,
> Benedikt
> [1]
> 2012/12/5 Oliver Heger <>
>> Hi all,
>> in [configuration] [beanutils] is used to initialize properties of Java
>> objects defined in configuration files. This works fine as long as the
>> objects conform to the Java Beans specification.
>> Now I would like to initialize other objects, too, which implement a
>> fluent interface as follows:
>> class Param {
>>      public Param setFoo(String value) {
>>          ...
>>      }
>> }
>> Such properties are not detected by [beanutils] with its standard
>> mechanism. As a work-around, I currently provide specific BeanInfo classes
>> for the affected Java objects I want to process. They use a mechanism which
>> scans a class's methods and adds property descriptors for set methods even
>> if they have a non-void return type.
>> Because fluent APIs like that are becoming more and more popular I wonder
>> whether it would be a good extension for [beanutils] to be more flexible
>> when searching for property access methods. I guess, ultimately, I am
>> asking for an extension point where a custom introspection mechanism can be
>> plugged in so that client code is free to provide additional property
>> descriptors for its data objects.
>> Would there be interest to add such a feature to [beanutils]? For version
>> 1.x or 2.0?
>> Oliver
>> ------------------------------**------------------------------**---------
>> To unsubscribe, e-mail: dev-unsubscribe@commons.**<>
>> For additional commands, e-mail:

To unsubscribe, e-mail:
For additional commands, e-mail:

View raw message