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October 2, 2009

TOTD #109: How to convert a JSF managed bean to JSR 299 bean (Web Beans) ?

Filed under: frameworks, glassfish, javaee, javaserverfaces, totd — Tags: , — arungupta @ 1:34 pm

This entry is a follow up to TOTD #95 and shows how to use the recent integrations of JSR 299 in GlassFish v3 to convert a JSF managed bean to a JSR 299 bean (aka Web Beans). The TOTD #95 describes a simple Java EE 6 web application that uses Java Server Faces 2.0 components for displaying the results of a database query conducted by EJB 3.1 and JPA 2.0 classes.

The EJB class, which also acts as the JSF managed bean, looks like:

public class StateList {
  EntityManagerFactory emf;

  public List getStates() {
    return    emf.createEntityManager().createNamedQuery(”States.findAll”).getResultList();

Three changes are required to convert this class into a JSR 299 compliant bean (Web Bean) as listed below:

  1. Add an empty "beans.xml" to the WEB-INF directory.
  2. Replace "@ManagedBean" with "@javax.inject.Named annotation". "@javax.inject" annotations are defined by JSR 330.
  3. Resource injection does not work with JPA classes, yet, so populate EntityManager explicitly as explained below:

    1. Replace EntityManagerFactory resource injection:

      EntityManagerFactory emf;


      EntityManager emf = Persistence.createEntityManagerFactory("HelloEclipseLinkPU");
    2. Add the required entity classes explicitly to "persistence.xml". If the persistence unit is injected then the container automatically scans the web application root for any entity classes.

      1. Expand "Configuration Files" and edit "persistence.xml".
      2. Uncheck "Include All Entity Classes in …" check box.
      3. Click on "Add Class…", select "state.States", and click on "OK".

That’s it, re-deploy your application and now you are using the Web Beans integration in GlassFish v3 instead of JSF managed bean. The output is available at "http://localhost:8080/HelloEclipseLink/forwardToJSF.jsp" as shown:

This is the exact same output as shown in TOTD #95.

Now, one-by-one, JPA, EJB, Transactions and other components will start working. Read Roger’s blog for another example of Web Beans in GlassFish.

A complete archive of all the tips is available here.

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