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From Matt Benson <>
Subject Re: [beanutils] converting HTTP params into an arbitrary object model
Date Mon, 23 Feb 2009 16:23:17 GMT

--- On Sat, 2/21/09, Adam Hardy <> wrote:

> From: Adam Hardy <>
> Subject: [beanutils] converting HTTP params into an arbitrary object model
> To:
> Date: Saturday, February 21, 2009, 2:04 PM
> I have spent a day researching and
> prototyping with various open-source options available which
> facilitate converting an HTTP request's parameters into an
> object model of javabeans in a JPA persistence framework.
> I don't want to re-invent the wheel and I was quite
> confident that BeanUtils could handle it all, but I have now
> come across some areas where I need to code it myself.
> I just wanted to ask BeanUtils developers what the future
> holds in terms of my aims, as I'll take that as guidance on
> how much to code around BeanUtils and how much to compromise
> to get what I need, when there's a strong chance of being
> able to ditch the code I'll have to write now, to replace it
> with ideally just a couple of calls to BeanUtils.
> The main thing I have to work around is the inability of a
> custom Converter to know what class of entity beans belong
> in a list or set. If the Converter could see the entity bean
> owning the list (the parent in the parent-child entity
> relationship), then in Java 1.5+ it could work out by
> reflection how it has been parameterized with generics and
> which child entity bean belongs in the list.
> Just in case you were going to point me to OGNL to do this,
> thanks but I've been there and have some other issues with
> that.

You may want to check out Morph @ .  OOTB, it can "reflect" ServletRequest
parameters as bean properties and do a straight copy, as long as the servlet API is found
on the classpath.


> Best regards
> Adam
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