Expanding your use of EL: Mea Culpa

May 2, 2014, 9:27 PM

A while back, a wrote a couple posts about using Expression Language (EL) to clean up your XPages code, and in the first of them I gave what I labeled an exclusive list of the interfaces that XPages EL provides special support for (as opposed to just looking for getters/setters). It turns out I was sorely mistaken: there are at least two other types that EL specially supports.

The first is the class used for JavaScript objects, such as allowing #{foo.bar} to bind like you'd expect to a value set to the JavaScript literal { bar: 'baz' }. I'm not sure where the specific support comes in - presumably based on one of the classes in the hierarchy and not the IValue interface it implements - but it's not terribly important.

The second is an interface that I've used frequently, but didn't realize had this property: ViewRowData. ViewRowData is essentially a specialized variant of DataObject intended for view entries - so much so, in fact, that I just assumed that view entries supported DataObject simultaneously, as my classes that implement it do.

I don't expect I'll have a lot of situations where I'll want to implement ViewRowData but not DataObject, but it's good to know one additional tidbit about the inner workings of XPages. One day, maybe I'll try to find a truly exhaustive list of what gets special treatment.

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