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Subject Re: how to execute one-time start-up code?
Date Fri, 18 May 2007 15:09:41 GMT
What I'm trying to do is cache database data in a bunch of managed beans 
at startup. This data rarely changes, so it doesn't make sense to run the 
queries again and again. I've seen other people on the list do it this 


and although this would work, I have 4 problems with this approach:

1. I have *many* managed beans that need to be init'd, and since I think 
you can only have one actionListener per command, I'd need a "container" 
or "wrapper" to call each and every init.
2. This init code would have to be sprinkled all over many JSF page (code 
bloat; harder to maintain if a change needs to be done)
3. I'd need to write extra logic to prevent these managed beans from being 
initialized twice. Although this is easy and small to write, it's 
extraneous code. More code = more chance for bugs.
4. Even though I'd have logic in each managed beans to prevent them from 
being initialized twice, the init() methods are continually called. This 
uses needless CPU cycles.

You might suggest a static block in each and every bean and, while this 
would work, it's less than elegant.

Thanks again for any ideas,

"Cagatay Civici" <> 
05/18/2007 10:47 AM
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"MyFaces Discussion" <>

Re: how to execute one-time start-up code?

Calling FacesContext.getCurrentInstance() returns null from my own 
ServletContextListener.contextInitialized(), even though I've written the 
web.xml like so

There won't be any facescontext during startup, it's associated with a 
particular request so since there's no request during startup it'll be 

Eric what are you trying to do in this listener, I'm sure there's another 
way to achieve this without touching FacesContext.




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