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From Andrew Hughes <>
Subject Re: [beanutils] converting HTTP params into an arbitrary object model
Date Sun, 22 Feb 2009 22:15:23 GMT
I have no idea if this suits your needs, but JXPath has a HTTP Request
expression parser. So you can then 'pick' out of the http request/session...
etc  whatever you want using an XPath expression.

On Sun, Feb 22, 2009 at 6:34 AM, Adam Hardy <> wrote:

> 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.
> Best regards
> Adam
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