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From "Jakob Korherr (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Created: (MYFACES-2739) Pass through String values in EnumConverter.getAsString()
Date Fri, 28 May 2010 18:52:37 GMT
Pass through String values in EnumConverter.getAsString()

                 Key: MYFACES-2739
             Project: MyFaces Core
          Issue Type: Improvement
          Components: JSR-314
    Affects Versions: 2.0.0
            Reporter: Jakob Korherr
            Assignee: Jakob Korherr

>From the related spec issue (#817 -

In every standard by-type converter in the JSF spec, except for the
EnumConverter, the following code is present in getAsString():

if (value instanceof String)
   return (String) value;

Thus allowing String values to be used directly as the String representation of
the type. This allows e.g. the following scenario for an Integer property in the
managed bean to work, although "1234" beeing a String and not an Integer:

<h:selectOneRadio value="#{myBean.inputInt}">
   <f:selectItem itemValue="1234" />

However the spec javadoc of the EnumConverter does not include this scenario and
thus EnumConverter.getAsString() throws a ConverterException when providing a
String value. This means that the following scenario won't work, although it
should on my opinion (note that this currently does work with Mojarra because of
an implementation issue - see [1] for details):

<h:selectOneRadio value="#{myBean.inputEnum}">
   <f:selectItem itemValue="EnumConstant1" />

EnumConstant1 beeing a valid constant in the enum type referenced by
#{myBean.inputEnum}. The only way to make this work right now is to use a
ValueExpression that resolves to the needed enum constant, so something like this:

<h:selectOneRadio value="#{myBean.inputEnum}">
   <f:selectItem itemValue="#{myBean.propertyThatResolvesToEnumConstant1}" />

This is not very straight forward IMHO, thus I think EnumConverter.getAsString()
should pass through String-values just as every other standard by-type converter

See also the discussion on the MyFaces user mailing list about this [2].


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