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From "Schnack, Malte" <>
Subject AW: Orchestra: how to access the "real bean" behind the proxies?
Date Wed, 06 Feb 2008 16:02:20 GMT

to finish this one up, here is a code snipped that does not really resolve the "real bean",
but delivers the expected behaviour:


  // 0: get the bean (proxy)
  Object proxy = FrameworkAdapter.getCurrentInstance().getBean(

  // 1: un-proxy the Spring Scoped Object
  while (proxy instanceof ScopedObject) {
    proxy = ((ScopedObject) proxy).getTargetObject();

  // 2: populate a bean instance of the superclass which the CGLIB proxy inherits from
  Class requiredClass = proxy.getClass().getSuperclass();

  Object bean = BeanUtils.instantiateClass(requiredClass);
  BeanUtils.copyProperties(proxy, bean); 


The Variable "bean" now holds an instance of the original class which can then be marshalled
for RMI calls.

My misconception was that I thought, I could get hold of a reference to an instance of my
original bean class when obtaining the Spring ScopedObject's target. Instead, what you really
get is another CGLIB proxy. I assume that Spring is not aware of this _second_ proxy as this
one is crafted by Orchestra. Hence the condition (proxy instanceof ScopedObject) is false.

Kind regards


> -----Urspr√ľngliche Nachricht-----
> Von: simon [] 
> Gesendet: Freitag, 28. Dezember 2007 19:18
> An: MyFaces Discussion
> Betreff: Re: Orchestra: how to access the "real bean" behind 
> the proxies?
> On Fri, 2007-12-28 at 18:11 +0100, Schnack, Malte wrote:
> > In Orchestra, I want to access the "real bean" behind the proxies to
> > make it available in another context (eg a JBPM variable map). This
> > seems to be necessary for serialization when invoking an RMI method
> > using the Orhestra/Spring conversation scoped bean as parameter DTO
> > object. This is what is happening inside my JBPM process definition.
> > 
> > I already used the ScopedObject method getTargetObject() included in
> > Spring. This did not resolve to the "real bean" though but to the
> > CurrentConversationAdvice. When trying to perform the RMI call, my
> > Glassfish v2 server log shows the following error message:
> I think the CurrentConversationAdvice can also be cast to 
> ScopedObject.
> Have you tried this?
>   Object bean = ...;
>   while (bean instanceof ScopedObject)
>     bean = ((ScopedObject) bean).getTargetObject();
> Regards,
> Simon

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