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From simon <>
Subject Re: Serialization issue with app scoped beans referenced by session scoped beans
Date Wed, 06 Feb 2008 07:14:03 GMT

On Tue, 2008-02-05 at 17:42 -0800, Kent Tong wrote:
> Hi,
> Suppose I have a session scoped bean class Bean1 that refers
> to an application scoped bean (Bean2) using a managed property:
> public class Bean1 implement Serializable {
>   private transient Bean2 appBean;
> }
> The appBean field is marked as transient because as a global object, it is
> not
> serializable. However, when the Bean1 instance is deserialized, JVM will 
> create the bean instance and restore the fields using brute force without
> calling 
> constructors or involving JSF. It means the appBean field will be null.
> Any workaround? This seems to be a design fault in JSF.

This is nothing to do with JSF at all. It's the way http sessions and
serialization work.

HttpSession instances can be serialized/deserialized by the servlet
container under a number of conditions, all listed in the appropriate
specification. If an instance of Bean1 is in the session, it will be
serialized/deserialized too.

And java's serialization has *always* discarded transient objects on
serialization and marked them as null on deserialization. That's
perfectly normal. There are a number of options here for you, including
  transient Bean2 appBean = new Bean2();
or accessing it only via a getBean2() method that checks whether it is
null and restores it, or implementing custom serialization for Bean1.

See a java tutorial on serialization for further information.

Regards, Simon

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