javax.el
Class ELResolver

java.lang.Object
  extended by javax.el.ELResolver
Direct Known Subclasses:
ArrayELResolver, BeanELResolver, CompositeELResolver, ImplicitObjectELResolver, ListELResolver, MapELResolver, ResourceBundleELResolver, ScopedAttributeELResolver

public abstract class ELResolver
extends java.lang.Object

Enables customization of variable, property and method call resolution behavior for EL expression evaluation.

While evaluating an expression, the ELResolver associated with the ELContext is consulted to do the initial resolution of the first variable of an expression. It is also consulted when a . or [] operator is encountered.

For example, in the EL expression ${employee.lastName}, the ELResolver determines what object employee refers to, and what it means to get the lastName property on that object.

Most methods in this class accept a base and property parameter. In the case of variable resolution (e.g. determining what employee refers to in ${employee.lastName}), the base parameter will be null and the property parameter will always be of type String. In this case, if the property is not a String, the behavior of the ELResolver is undefined.

In the case of property resolution, the base parameter identifies the base object and the property object identifies the property on that base. For example, in the expression ${employee.lastName}, base is the result of the variable resolution for employee and property is the string "lastName". In the expression ${y[x]}, base is the result of the variable resolution for y and property is the result of the variable resolution for x.

In the case of method call resolution, the base parameter indentifies the base object and the method parameter identifies a method on that base. In the case of overloaded methods, the paramTypes parameter can be optionally used to identify a method. The paramsparameter are the parameters for the method call, and can also be used for resolving overloaded methods when the paramTypes parameter is not specified.

Though only a single ELResolver is associated with an ELContext, there are usually multiple resolvers considered for any given variable or property resolution. ELResolvers are combined together using CompositeELResolvers, to define rich semantics for evaluating an expression.

For the getValue(javax.el.ELContext, java.lang.Object, java.lang.Object), getType(javax.el.ELContext, java.lang.Object, java.lang.Object), setValue(javax.el.ELContext, java.lang.Object, java.lang.Object, java.lang.Object) and isReadOnly(javax.el.ELContext, java.lang.Object, java.lang.Object) methods, an ELResolver is not responsible for resolving all possible (base, property) pairs. In fact, most resolvers will only handle a base of a single type. To indicate that a resolver has successfully resolved a particular (base, property) pair, it must set the propertyResolved property of the ELContext to true. If it could not handle the given pair, it must leave this property alone. The caller must ignore the return value of the method if propertyResolved is false.

The getFeatureDescriptors(javax.el.ELContext, java.lang.Object) and getCommonPropertyType(javax.el.ELContext, java.lang.Object) methods are primarily designed for design-time tool support, but must handle invocation at runtime as well. The Beans.isDesignTime() method can be used to determine if the resolver is being consulted at design-time or runtime.

Since:
JSP 2.1
See Also:
CompositeELResolver, ELContext#getELResolver

Field Summary
static java.lang.String RESOLVABLE_AT_DESIGN_TIME
          The attribute name of the named attribute in the FeatureDescriptor that specifies whether the variable or property can be resolved at runtime.
static java.lang.String TYPE
          The attribute name of the named attribute in the FeatureDescriptor that specifies the runtime type of the variable or property.
 
Constructor Summary
ELResolver()
           
 
Method Summary
abstract  java.lang.Class<?> getCommonPropertyType(ELContext context, java.lang.Object base)
          Returns the most general type that this resolver accepts for the property argument, given a base object.
abstract  java.util.Iterator<java.beans.FeatureDescriptor> getFeatureDescriptors(ELContext context, java.lang.Object base)
          Returns information about the set of variables or properties that can be resolved for the given base object.
abstract  java.lang.Class<?> getType(ELContext context, java.lang.Object base, java.lang.Object property)
          For a given base and property, attempts to identify the most general type that is acceptable for an object to be passed as the value parameter in a future call to the setValue(javax.el.ELContext, java.lang.Object, java.lang.Object, java.lang.Object) method.
abstract  java.lang.Object getValue(ELContext context, java.lang.Object base, java.lang.Object property)
          Attempts to resolve the given property object on the given base object.
 java.lang.Object invoke(ELContext context, java.lang.Object base, java.lang.Object method, java.lang.Class<?>[] paramTypes, java.lang.Object[] params)
          Attemps to resolve and invoke the given method on the given base object.
abstract  boolean isReadOnly(ELContext context, java.lang.Object base, java.lang.Object property)
          For a given base and property, attempts to determine whether a call to setValue(javax.el.ELContext, java.lang.Object, java.lang.Object, java.lang.Object) will always fail.
abstract  void setValue(ELContext context, java.lang.Object base, java.lang.Object property, java.lang.Object value)
          Attempts to set the value of the given property object on the given base object.
 
Methods inherited from class java.lang.Object
clone, equals, finalize, getClass, hashCode, notify, notifyAll, toString, wait, wait, wait
 

Field Detail

TYPE

public static final java.lang.String TYPE

The attribute name of the named attribute in the FeatureDescriptor that specifies the runtime type of the variable or property.

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Constant Field Values

RESOLVABLE_AT_DESIGN_TIME

public static final java.lang.String RESOLVABLE_AT_DESIGN_TIME

The attribute name of the named attribute in the FeatureDescriptor that specifies whether the variable or property can be resolved at runtime.

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Constant Field Values
Constructor Detail

ELResolver

public ELResolver()
Method Detail

getValue

public abstract java.lang.Object getValue(ELContext context,
                                          java.lang.Object base,
                                          java.lang.Object property)
Attempts to resolve the given property object on the given base object.

If this resolver handles the given (base, property) pair, the propertyResolved property of the ELContext object must be set to true by the resolver, before returning. If this property is not true after this method is called, the caller should ignore the return value.

Parameters:
context - The context of this evaluation.
base - The base object whose property value is to be returned, or null to resolve a top-level variable.
property - The property or variable to be resolved.
Returns:
If the propertyResolved property of ELContext was set to true, then the result of the variable or property resolution; otherwise undefined.
Throws:
java.lang.NullPointerException - if context is null
PropertyNotFoundException - if the given (base, property) pair is handled by this ELResolver but the specified variable or property does not exist or is not readable.
ELException - if an exception was thrown while performing the property or variable resolution. The thrown exception must be included as the cause property of this exception, if available.

invoke

public java.lang.Object invoke(ELContext context,
                               java.lang.Object base,
                               java.lang.Object method,
                               java.lang.Class<?>[] paramTypes,
                               java.lang.Object[] params)
Attemps to resolve and invoke the given method on the given base object.

If this resolver handles the given (base, method) pair, the propertyResolved property of the ELContext object must be set to true by the resolver, before returning. If this property is not true after this method is called, the caller should ignore the return value.

A default implementation is provided that returns null so that existing classes that extend ELResolver can continue to function.

Parameters:
context - The context of this evaluation.
base - The bean on which to invoke the method
method - The simple name of the method to invoke. Will be coerced to a String.
paramTypes - An array of Class objects identifying the method's formal parameter types, in declared order. Use an empty array if the method has no parameters. Can be null, in which case the method's formal parameter types are assumed to be unknown.
params - The parameters to pass to the method, or null if no parameters.
Returns:
The result of the method invocation (null if the method has a void return type).
Throws:
MethodNotFoundException - if no suitable method can be found.
ELException - if an exception was thrown while performing (base, method) resolution. The thrown exception must be included as the cause property of this exception, if available. If the exception thrown is an InvocationTargetException, extract its cause and pass it to the ELException constructor.
Since:
EL 2.2

getType

public abstract java.lang.Class<?> getType(ELContext context,
                                           java.lang.Object base,
                                           java.lang.Object property)
For a given base and property, attempts to identify the most general type that is acceptable for an object to be passed as the value parameter in a future call to the setValue(javax.el.ELContext, java.lang.Object, java.lang.Object, java.lang.Object) method.

If this resolver handles the given (base, property) pair, the propertyResolved property of the ELContext object must be set to true by the resolver, before returning. If this property is not true after this method is called, the caller should ignore the return value.

This is not always the same as getValue().getClass(). For example, in the case of an ArrayELResolver, the getType method will return the element type of the array, which might be a superclass of the type of the actual element that is currently in the specified array element.

Parameters:
context - The context of this evaluation.
base - The base object whose property value is to be analyzed, or null to analyze a top-level variable.
property - The property or variable to return the acceptable type for.
Returns:
If the propertyResolved property of ELContext was set to true, then the most general acceptable type; otherwise undefined.
Throws:
java.lang.NullPointerException - if context is null
PropertyNotFoundException - if the given (base, property) pair is handled by this ELResolver but the specified variable or property does not exist or is not readable.
ELException - if an exception was thrown while performing the property or variable resolution. The thrown exception must be included as the cause property of this exception, if available.

setValue

public abstract void setValue(ELContext context,
                              java.lang.Object base,
                              java.lang.Object property,
                              java.lang.Object value)
Attempts to set the value of the given property object on the given base object.

If this resolver handles the given (base, property) pair, the propertyResolved property of the ELContext object must be set to true by the resolver, before returning. If this property is not true after this method is called, the caller can safely assume no value has been set.

Parameters:
context - The context of this evaluation.
base - The base object whose property value is to be set, or null to set a top-level variable.
property - The property or variable to be set.
value - The value to set the property or variable to.
Throws:
java.lang.NullPointerException - if context is null
PropertyNotFoundException - if the given (base, property) pair is handled by this ELResolver but the specified variable or property does not exist.
PropertyNotWritableException - if the given (base, property) pair is handled by this ELResolver but the specified variable or property is not writable.
ELException - if an exception was thrown while attempting to set the property or variable. The thrown exception must be included as the cause property of this exception, if available.

isReadOnly

public abstract boolean isReadOnly(ELContext context,
                                   java.lang.Object base,
                                   java.lang.Object property)
For a given base and property, attempts to determine whether a call to setValue(javax.el.ELContext, java.lang.Object, java.lang.Object, java.lang.Object) will always fail.

If this resolver handles the given (base, property) pair, the propertyResolved property of the ELContext object must be set to true by the resolver, before returning. If this property is not true after this method is called, the caller should ignore the return value.

Parameters:
context - The context of this evaluation.
base - The base object whose property value is to be analyzed, or null to analyze a top-level variable.
property - The property or variable to return the read-only status for.
Returns:
If the propertyResolved property of ELContext was set to true, then true if the property is read-only or false if not; otherwise undefined.
Throws:
java.lang.NullPointerException - if context is null
PropertyNotFoundException - if the given (base, property) pair is handled by this ELResolver but the specified variable or property does not exist.
ELException - if an exception was thrown while performing the property or variable resolution. The thrown exception must be included as the cause property of this exception, if available.

getFeatureDescriptors

public abstract java.util.Iterator<java.beans.FeatureDescriptor> getFeatureDescriptors(ELContext context,
                                                                                       java.lang.Object base)
Returns information about the set of variables or properties that can be resolved for the given base object. One use for this method is to assist tools in auto-completion.

If the base parameter is null, the resolver must enumerate the list of top-level variables it can resolve.

The Iterator returned must contain zero or more instances of FeatureDescriptor, in no guaranteed order. In the case of primitive types such as int, the value null must be returned. This is to prevent the useless iteration through all possible primitive values. A return value of null indicates that this resolver does not handle the given base object or that the results are too complex to represent with this method and the getCommonPropertyType(javax.el.ELContext, java.lang.Object) method should be used instead.

Each FeatureDescriptor will contain information about a single variable or property. In addition to the standard properties, the FeatureDescriptor must have two named attributes (as set by the setValue method):

The caller should be aware that the Iterator returned might iterate through a very large or even infinitely large set of properties. Care should be taken by the caller to not get stuck in an infinite loop.

This is a "best-effort" list. Not all ELResolvers will return completely accurate results, but all must be callable at both design-time and runtime (i.e. whether or not Beans.isDesignTime() returns true), without causing errors.

The propertyResolved property of the ELContext is not relevant to this method. The results of all ELResolvers are concatenated in the case of composite resolvers.

Parameters:
context - The context of this evaluation.
base - The base object whose set of valid properties is to be enumerated, or null to enumerate the set of top-level variables that this resolver can evaluate.
Returns:
An Iterator containing zero or more (possibly infinitely more) FeatureDescriptor objects, or null if this resolver does not handle the given base object or that the results are too complex to represent with this method
See Also:
FeatureDescriptor

getCommonPropertyType

public abstract java.lang.Class<?> getCommonPropertyType(ELContext context,
                                                         java.lang.Object base)
Returns the most general type that this resolver accepts for the property argument, given a base object. One use for this method is to assist tools in auto-completion.

This assists tools in auto-completion and also provides a way to express that the resolver accepts a primitive value, such as an integer index into an array. For example, the ArrayELResolver will accept any int as a property, so the return value would be Integer.class.

Parameters:
context - The context of this evaluation.
base - The base object to return the most general property type for, or null to enumerate the set of top-level variables that this resolver can evaluate.
Returns:
null if this ELResolver does not know how to handle the given base object; otherwise Object.class if any type of property is accepted; otherwise the most general property type accepted for the given base.


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