Naviagting an af:table in pagination mode from a bean

A question on the JDeveloper and ADF OTN forum asked about how to navigate to a specific page of an af:table in pagination mode. As of JDeveloper adf tables can be rendered in scroll mode or in pagination mode where only a specific number of rows are visible in the table.

af:table in pagination mode

To navigate the pages there is a small navigation toolbar below the table which allows to enter a page number or to navigate to the previous, next, first or last page.

The problem to solve is how to navigate the paginated table from within a java bean?

The table doesn’t offer any navigation listeners or methods you can bind bean methods to. Luckily there is the RangeChangeEvent one of the FacesEvents which can e used to notify a component that change in the range has taken place.

All we have to do to navigate the table in pagination mode is to calculate the needed parameters

  • oldStart: The previous start of this UIComponent’s selected range, inclusive
  • oldEnd: The previous end of this UIComponent’s selected range, exclusive
  • newStart: The new start of this UIComponent’s selected range, inclusive
  • newEnd: The new end of this UIComponent’s selected range, exclusive

We add an input field to the page which allow us to enter a page number and a button which we use to call an action listener in a bean.

The running application looks like

Running application

Another button is used to calculate the index of the selected row in the whole rowset, the index on the page and the page number. The row index and the index of the row on the page are zero based, page numbers start with 1. Let’s look at the code:

public void onGotoPage(ActionEvent actionEvent) {
BindingContainer bindingContainer = BindingContext.getCurrent().getCurrentBindingsEntry();
// get number of page to goto
AttributeBinding attr = (AttributeBinding) bindingContainer.getControlBinding("gotopage1");
Integer newPage = (Integer) attr.getInputValue();
if (newPage == null) {
// page one starts at index 0 so subtract 1 from the pagen number
DCIteratorBinding iter = (DCIteratorBinding) bindingContainer.get("EmployeesView1Iterator");
// calculate the old and new rages for the RangeChangeEvent
int range = iter.getRangeSize(); // note both the table and we take the page size from the iterator's RangeSize
int oldStart = iter.getRangeStart();
int oldEnd = oldStart + range;
int newStart = newPage * range;
int newEnd = newStart + range;
// find the table
UIViewRoot iViewRoot = FacesContext.getCurrentInstance().getViewRoot();
UIComponent table = iViewRoot.findComponent("t1");
// build the event and fire it
RangeChangeEvent event = new RangeChangeEvent(table, oldStart, oldEnd, newStart, newEnd);
// update the table

Line 2-8 we get the new page number we want to navigate to. Line 9-10 we subtract 1 from the given number as the page is zero based internally. In Line 11 we get the iterator which we need to get the range size and the start of the current range (lines 13-15). These values are oldStart and oldEnd. Lines 16-17 we calculate the new start range as page to go multiplied with the range. The newEnd parameter is the newStart pus the range size.
In lines 18-20 we get to the table component on the page. Then we create the RangeChangeEvent and broadcast the event to the table component in lines 21-23. Finally we ppr the table to see the change in the UI.

To show how to calculate the other way around, to get from the selected row in a table to the index on the page, the page number and the index in the rowset we added another button ‘GetPageOfSelectedRow’which calls a listener in the same bean which builds a string with the needed information.

public void onGetCurrentPage(ActionEvent actionEvent) {
BindingContainer bindingContainer = BindingContext.getCurrent().getCurrentBindingsEntry();
DCIteratorBinding iter = (DCIteratorBinding) bindingContainer.get("EmployeesView1Iterator");
// calculate index and page number. Index is zero based!
int currentRowIndex = iter.getRowSetIterator().getCurrentRowIndex();"CurrentRowIndex: " + currentRowIndex);
int currentPage = currentRowIndex / iter.getRangeSize();
currentPage++;"Current Page:" + currentPage);
int indexOnPage = (currentRowIndex % iter.getRangeSize());"Current index on Page:" + indexOnPage);
// get an ADF attributevalue from the ADF page definitions
AttributeBinding attr = (AttributeBinding) bindingContainer.getControlBinding("selectedRow1");
StringBuffer sb = new StringBuffer();
sb.append("row index overall: ");
sb.append(" row index on page: ");
sb.append(" Page: ");

To get the index of the selected row in the whole rowset we need the iterator and get the RowSetIterator from it. The rowSetIterator method getCurrentRowIndex() returns the index of the current row (line 5). The current page is calculated by dividing the current index through the range size (line 7). The final information is the index of the selected row on the page which is calculated as the current index modulo the range size (line 10). The rest of the listener build a string out of this information and writes it to a pageDef variable which is referenced in an outputfield on the page.

<af:outputText value="#{bindings.selectedRow1.inputValue}" id="ot8" partialTriggers="b2"/>

Here are some images from the sample application.

The sample application is build using JDev 12.1.3 and uses the HR DB schema. The sample can be downloaded from  Github

The power of calculated fields in ADFbc

Lately I saw a couple of posts on the OTN JDev & ADF forum where users tried to add redundant data into their data model and store it to the DB table. One common use case here is to have the result of a calculation as an attribute of a table.

In general you should be very careful when doing this. This is error prone and will you get into trouble almost every time. If you do add an attribute for such a calculation to a table in the DB, you have to think of the integrity of the data. Let’s look into the use case and the integrity problem.

Use Case

We have a table in the DB which holds start and end for multiple data types like integer, data and timestamp:


We use the different start and end attributes to calculate the difference between start and end.

We do have the option to add attributes to the table and calculate the difference using a trigger in the DB each time the data is inserted or updated. Problem here is that the user will see the result only after the insert or update is done. For web pages this isn’t a good design.

Another option is to add the fields but do the calculation in the business component layer in ADFbc and store them in the DB together with all other changes done to the data. The your see the calculation, but other applications won’t see them until you store the record.

Problem with storing redundant data in a DB table

Both options have one flaw. When you store the result of a calculation in the DB, what happens if someone, person or program, changes one of the attributes used in the calculation?

Assume STARTINT is set to 5, ENDINT is set to 10. The result of the calculation is 5. This result we store in an attribute in the DB table. Now a bad programmer who does not know about the calculation, changes the ENDINT to 15 and commits the change.

When the other program looks at the data again the data is inconsistent. Which of the values is correct? The result? The STARTINT value? The ENDINT value? Or is the calculation simply wrong?

In this simple use case it’s fairly easy to find the problem. In more complex use cases where other workflows depend on the numbers it’s not as easy.

This leads to the solution shown in this post: don’t store results of calculations in the DB if possible. Do the calculation when they are  needed.

There are cases where storing the result would be the better way to archive the whole use case, but this has to be decided on the use case and weighted against the complications. Most simple use cases don’t need to store the results and should not.

The remainder of this post we see how to implement such calculated fields using ADFbc.

Implementing calculated fields in ADFbc using Groovy

We start with creating a new Fusion Web Application and building the ‘ADF Business Components from a Table’. The sql script to create the table is

 Insert into CALCULATION (ID,STARTINT,ENDINT,STARTTIME,ENDTIME,STARTTIMESTAMP,ENDTIMESTAMP) values ('1','1',null,to_timestamp('24-DEZ-15','DD-MON-RR HH.MI.SSXFF AM'),to_timestamp('26-DEZ-15','DD-MON-RR HH.MI.SSXFF AM'),null,null);
 Insert into CALCULATION (ID,STARTINT,ENDINT,STARTTIME,ENDTIME,STARTTIMESTAMP,ENDTIMESTAMP) values ('2','4','6',to_timestamp('31-DEZ-15','DD-MON-RR HH.MI.SSXFF AM'),to_timestamp('05-JAN-16','DD-MON-RR HH.MI.SSXFF AM'),null,null);

We use the HR DB schema to add the table, but it can be added to any schema you want. The CALCULATION table consists of some start and end values of different types to later show how to work with them. To work with the table we add two records resulting in the following data


I don’t show the steps to create the basic application from the wizards as the application is available via the link GitHub base application.

Once you downloaded and unzipped the workspace you should see the base application as it will be created by following the wizard.


The first step is to create a transient field in the Calculation EO to hold the result of the calculation of the difference of STARTINT and ENDINT. The difference here  is, that we store the result in the EO as transient attribute which is not stored into the DB.

The real work is shown in the third image above ‘edit expression…’. Here we enter a Groovy expression to calculate the difference between STARTINT and ENDINT as

if (Endint == null) 
  {return 0} 
  {return Endint-Startint}

The Groovy expression uses the attribute names from the EO not the ones from the DB table. First we check if the Endint is given, if not we return 0. If there is an Endint we return the (Endint-Startint).

We then add notifications to the calculated attribute whenever the attributes Startint or Endint change to recalculate the Durationint attribute (lower half of the dialog). Next we set the AutoSubmit  property of the Startint and Endint attributes to true to make sure we get the new values when we calculate the result.

Finally we add the new calculated attribute to the VO. We can now test the application module using the application module tester:

We now add a index page to the View Controller project to add an UI to the application. We can just drag the CalculationView1 and drop is as an ADFForm with navigation and submit onto the page.

In the resulting form we set the Startint and Endint fields to autosubmit=’true’ to make sure the new values are submitted. As the Durationint field isn’t updateble we set it to read only.

Running the application will show you

The application in this state can be downloaded from GitHub (feature/calculated_int_field).

To show that this can be done with other data types we can use the other attributes of the table. As the way to do this is the same I spare to give detailed instructions. You can download the final application from GitHub (final).

All samples yre using the HR DB schema and table called CALCULATION. The needed SQL code to create the table and to insert data to the table is posted in here.

Handling images/files in ADF (Part 5)

I received a couple of questions regarding the handling of the images directly after upload for the sample application done in part 1-4.

    Part 1 gives an overview of the sample application I’m going to build and how to set it up
    Part 2 shows how to upload a file, store it and download it back to the client
    Part 3 implements two techniques to show the data (image) on the user interface
    Part 4 backport of the sample to JDeveloper 11gR1
    Part 5 implements a technique to show the uploaded file right after upload without the need to commit first

The sample application finished in part 3 (part 4 is a backport to JDev 11gR1 only) has one minor glitch: it doesn’t display an uploaded image directly to the user after uploading it. The user has to commit the data after insert or update of an image before the image becomes visible. Users like to see the newly uploaded image before committing the row. This allows the users to cancel the change or select and upload another image. In this 5th part of the series we implement this.

Before we start to implement let’s talk about how to implement this enhancement. Why isn’t it possible to upload the image data into the blob and then just show the image from the blob via the servlet (see part 3)?
The problem is that the BlobDomain uses a stream to read the data uploaded from the user. This stream can only be read after the BlobDomain is saved, meaning after the commit.

The solution we implement in this part stores the uploaded data (inserted or updated) in a temporary file on the server. Then the server uses the image data from the temporary file to visualize the data. This sounds easy enough, however there is some house keeping to do to make it work.

First we have have to find a place (folder) where we can store the uploaded data until it’s stored in the db or the operation is canceled. Then we need to distinguish which data to show from the servlet (file or blob). Finally we have to clean up the temporary file when we are done.

Lets dive into the implementation. We start from the application at the end of part 3. As the current JDeveloper version is 12.1.3 we do the implementation in this version. The first task is to migrate the old application to 12.1.3. This is done automatically when opening the old work space in JDev 12.1.3 by answering the ‘OK’ to the migration popup. Nothing need to be done here. However, when you download  the work space you’ll notice some clean up I did, like changing the old af:commandButton to the new af:button.

One thing to notice is that the Apache Commons-IO version is updated to 2.4. This update made one other change necessary in the weblogic-application.xml file.


This entry allows the application to use the included commons-io jar to be loaded before the already available commons-io jar, of an older version, in WebLogic server 12.1.3.

Here are the steps we take to implement the tasks:
1) Save the uploaded data to a temporary file as well as to the blob. This is done for convenience. It’S possible to store the data first in the temporary file and only copy it to the BlobDomain when the user commits the changes.
We implement a new java class UploadBlob which holds the BlogDomain and the path to the temporary file. This class also allows to test if a temporary is available.


import oracle.jbo.domain.BlobDomain;

 * This type class holds the BlogDomain and a path to a temporary file holding the uploaded image data
public class UploadBlob {
     * Holds the uploaded data
    BlobDomain dataBlob;

     * Path to the temporary file if availabe
    String tempFile;

     * C'tor.
    public UploadBlob() {
        tempFile = null;
        dataBlob = null;

     * Gets the status of the temporary file
     * @return true if a temporary file is available, false otherwise
    public Boolean getTempFileAvailabe() {
        return (tempFile != null ? Boolean.TRUE : Boolean.FALSE);

     * @param inageBlob
    public void setInageBlob(BlobDomain dataBlob) {
        this.dataBlob = dataBlob;

     * Gets the BlobDomain holding the uploaded data
     * @return
    public BlobDomain getDataBlob() {
        return dataBlob;

     * Sete the path to the temporary file holding the uploaded data
     * @param tempFile path to the temporary file
    public void setTempFile(String tempFile) {
        this.tempFile = tempFile;

     * Getter for path to temp file holding the data of the uploaded data
     * @return path to the temporary file holding the uploaded data
    public String getTempFile() {
        return tempFile;

2) Use this class in the class where the uploaded data is read. This happens in the valueChangeListener uploadFileValueChangeEvent(ValueChangeEvent valueChangeEvent).

     * @param valueChangeEvent
    public void uploadFileValueChangeEvent(ValueChangeEvent valueChangeEvent) {
        // The event give access to an Uploade dFile which contains data about the file and its content
        UploadedFile file = (UploadedFile) valueChangeEvent.getNewValue();
        // Get the original file name
        String fileName = file.getFilename();
        // get the mime type
        String contentType = ContentTypes.get(fileName);
        // get the current roew from the ImagesView2Iterator via the binding
        DCBindingContainer lBindingContainer = (DCBindingContainer) BindingContext.getCurrent().getCurrentBindingsEntry();
        DCIteratorBinding lBinding = lBindingContainer.findIteratorBinding("ImagesView2Iterator");
        Row newRow = lBinding.getCurrentRow();
        // set the file name
        newRow.setAttribute("ImageName", fileName);
        // create the BlobDomain and set it into the row
        UploadBlob blob = createBlobDomain(file, Boolean.TRUE);
        newRow.setAttribute("ImageData", blob.getDataBlob());
        // set the mime type
        newRow.setAttribute("ContentType", contentType);
        String tmp = (blob.getTempFileAvailabe() ? blob.getTempFile() : null);
        UIComponent ui = (UIComponent) valueChangeEvent.getSource();
        // PPR refresh a jsf component
        ui = ui.getParent();


Instead of reading the data into the BlobDomain a changed method createBlobDomain is called (line 18). the method now returns an instance of the new class UploadBlob. Below is the code of the new method:

    private UploadBlob createBlobDomain(UploadedFile file, Boolean createTempFile) {
        // init the internal variables
        InputStream in = null;
        OutputStream outTmp = null;
        UploadBlob blobDomain = null;
        OutputStream out = null;
        File tempfile = null;"Starting to create UploadBlog from data...");
        try {
  "... create BlobDomain...");
            blobDomain = new UploadBlob();
            // Get the input stream representing the data from the client
            in = file.getInputStream();
            // if a temporary file should be created , we do this first as we can't get
            // data data back from the blob until we commit the row. in the next step we
            // write the upload data to a temp file and then copy it into the blob
            if (createTempFile) {
      "... Creating temporary file...");
                File tempdir = FileUtils.getTempDirectory();
                String ext = FilenameUtils.getExtension(file.getFilename());
                if (!ext.isEmpty()) {
                    ext = "." + ext;
      "... set extension to " + ext + "...");
                tempfile = File.createTempFile("upl", ext, tempdir);
      "... " + tempfile.getAbsolutePath() + "...");
                // set path to temporary file
                FileOutputStream fileOutputStream = FileUtils.openOutputStream(tempfile);
      "... copy data to temporary file...");
                IOUtils.copy(in, fileOutputStream);
                in = FileUtils.openInputStream(tempfile);
      "... set inputstream for blog to temporary file...");
            // create the BlobDomain datatype to store the data in the db
            blobDomain.setInageBlob(new BlobDomain());
            // get the outputStream for hte BlobDomain
            out = blobDomain.getDataBlob().getBinaryOutputStream();
            // copy the input stream into the output stream
  "... copy data to BlobDomain ...");
             * IOUtils is a class from the Apache Commons IO Package (
             * Here version 2.0.1 is used
             * please download it directly from
            IOUtils.copy(in, out);
  "... Finished OK");
        } catch (Exception e) {
            logger.severe("Error!", e);
            if (tempfile != null) {
                // delete temp file on exception but don'T throw one if there is another exception
      "Deleted temporary file " + tempfile.getAbsolutePath());
        // return the filled BlobDomain
        return blobDomain;

Depending on the new boolean parameter passed to the method a temporary file is created and the uploaded data is first saved to the temporary file. After that the data is copied from the temporary file into the BlobDomain. At this point the path to the temporary file is saved in the new class for later reference. In case of an exception the temporary file is removed.
Finally in line 22 and 23 of the value change listener we check if a temporary file was generated and we set the path to it to a pageDef variable (see Creating Variables and Attribute Bindings to Store Values Temporarily in the PageDef). For this we use the code below.

     * Set the temporary file name into a page variable for later use
     * @param name
    private void setTemporaryFileVar(String name) {
        // set pathto temporary file to page variable
        BindingContainer bindings = BindingContext.getCurrent().getCurrentBindingsEntry();
        // get an ADF attributevalue from the ADF page definitions
        AttributeBinding attr = (AttributeBinding) bindings.getControlBinding("TemporaryFile1");
        if (attr != null) {

The variable is used in the af:image component in the editImage.jsff fragment

                   <af:image source="/render_image?id=#{bindings.ImageId.inputValue}&tmp=#{bindings.TemporaryFile1.inputValue}" id="i1"
                              shortDesc="#{bindings.ImageName.hints.tooltip}" inlineStyle="width:200px;" partialTriggers="cb3" visible="true"/>

here the path to the temporary file is passed to the servlet as second parameter ‘tmp’. In lines 24-27 of the value change listener we send a ppr to the parent component of the af:image to show the now uploaded image.

Another thing to do is to cleanup after the user either cancel or commit the changes. This is done in the cancel_action() or the commit_action() in the ImageBean. Here we call the deleteTemporaryFile() method which checks the existence of a temporary file and deletes it.

     * delete the temporary file if is present
    public void deleteTemporaryFile() {
        String tempfile = getTemporaryFileVar();

3) The final part of the implementation is done in the servlet which is used to get the data back to the client. This is simple as we read the second parameter passed to the servlet. If it’s not empty we always read the image data from the temporary file. If the parameter is empty the servlet gets the data by reading the row from the DB and read the data from the blob. Here are the relevant parts from the servlet:

    public void doGet(HttpServletRequest request, HttpServletResponse response) throws ServletException, IOException {
        StringBuilder sb = new StringBuilder(100);
        String appModuleName = "";

        sb.append("ImageServlet ").append(appModuleName);

        try {
            // get parameter from request
            Map paramMap = request.getParameterMap();
            oracle.jbo.domain.Number id = null;
            String tmporaryFilePath = "";
            if (paramMap.containsKey("id")) {
                String[] pVal = (String[]) paramMap.get("id");
                id = new oracle.jbo.domain.Number(pVal[0]);
                sb.append(" id=").append(pVal[0]);
            // check if we find a temporary file name. In this case we allways use this!
            if (paramMap.containsKey("tmp")) {
                String[] pVal = (String[]) paramMap.get("tmp");
                tmporaryFilePath = pVal[0];
                sb.append(" tmp=").append(pVal[0]);

            OutputStream outputStream = response.getOutputStream();
            InputStream inputStream = null;
            BlobDomain image = null;
            String mimeType = null;
            // no temporary file path given, read everything from DB
            if (tmporaryFilePath.isEmpty()) {
                // get method action from pagedef
                BindingContext bindingContext = BindingContext.getCurrent();
                DCBindingContainer amx = bindingContext.findBindingContainer("de_hahn_blog_uldl_view_image_dummyPageDef");
                JUCtrlActionBinding lBinding = (JUCtrlActionBinding) amx.findCtrlBinding("getImageById");
                // set parameter
                lBinding.getParamsMap().put("aId", id);
                // execute method
                // get result
                Object obj = lBinding.getResult();
                ImageAccessViewRow imageRow = (ImageAccessViewRow) obj;

                // Check if a row has been found
                if (imageRow != null) {
                    // Get the blob data
                    image = imageRow.getImageData();
                    mimeType = imageRow.getContentType();
                    // if no image data can be found and no temporary file is present then return and do nothing
                    if (image == null) {
              "No data found !!! (id = " + id + ")");
                    inputStream = image.getInputStream();
                } else {
                    mLogger.warning("No row found to get image from !!! (id = " + id + ")");
                sb.append(" ").append(mimeType).append(" ...");
            } else {
                // read everything from temporary file path
                mimeType = ContentTypes.get(tmporaryFilePath);
                File file = FileUtils.getFile(tmporaryFilePath);
                FileInputStream fileInputStream = FileUtils.openInputStream(file);
                inputStream = fileInputStream;

            // Set the content-type. Only images are taken into account
            response.setContentType(mimeType + "; charset=utf8");
            IOUtils.copy(inputStream, outputStream);
            if (tmporaryFilePath.isEmpty()) {
                // cloase the blob to release the recources
            // flush the outout stream
        } catch (Exception e) {
            mLogger.log(Level.WARNING, "Fehler bei der Ausführung: " + e.getMessage(), e);
        } finally {

The gallery below shows the new work flow.

The work space for part 5 can be downloaded from the ADF EMG Sample side
Or if you are in GIT you can get the work space from GitHub BlogUploadDownload_12.1.3V4

JDev 12.1.3: Using Parent Action to Navigate Tabs of a af:panelTabbed from Inside a Region

This blog is based on a question in the OTN JDeveloper and ADF forum. The Question was how to navigate from one selected tab to the next tab when the af:showDetailItem in the tab is a region and the button to navigate is inside the region.

We implement two cases, the first is the easy one where the button to navigate is in the page holding the af:panelTabbed. The second one uses a button is inside a bounded task flow which is shown in the af:showDetailItem in a tab to navigate the af:panelTabbed.

We start with creating a new ‘ADF Fusion Web Application’ from the gallery. We only change the application name and the path of the application, otherwise we can just use the default values. The sample is simple and doesn’t need a model project or connection to a DB. You can download the finished workspace using the link provided at the end of the post.

We skip all the needed steps and going right into creating the starting page which holds the af:panelTabbed. It has three af:showDetailItem and a af:Button to navigate the tabs directly from the page. This button implements the first use case.

Start Page with Outer Navigation

Start Page with Outer Navigation

The button has a listener attached which is implemented in a viewScope bean ‘NavigateTabBean’. The listener implements the needed logic to navigate from the selected tab to the next tab. If the last tab is reached the first tab is selected.

    private static ADFLogger _logger = ADFLogger.createADFLogger(NavigateTabBean.class);
    private static final String PANELTAB = &quot;pt1&quot;;

     * Eventhandler to navigate to the next tab in a af:panelTabbed
     * @param actionEvent event which called the listener
    public void naviGateButtonAction(ActionEvent actionEvent) {
        UIComponent ui = getUIComponent(PANELTAB);
        if (ui == null) {
  ;PanelTab component not found!&quot;);
        if (!(ui instanceof RichPanelTabbed)) {
  ;Component is not an af:panelTabbed&quot;);

        RichPanelTabbed rpt = (RichPanelTabbed) ui;
        int childCount = rpt.getChildCount();
        List&lt;UIComponent&gt; children = rpt.getChildren();
        for (int ii = 0; ii &lt; childCount; ii++) {
            UIComponent uiSDI = children.get(ii);
            if (uiSDI instanceof RichShowDetailItem) {
                RichShowDetailItem rsdi = (RichShowDetailItem) uiSDI;
                if (rsdi.isDisclosed()) {
                    //close current tab
                    //calculate next tab to disclose as next_tab_index = (current_tab_index + 1) % number_of_tabs
                    int kk = ii + 1;
                    int jj = kk % childCount;
          ;old disclosed tab: &quot; + ii + &quot; new disclodes tab: &quot; + jj);
                    RichShowDetailItem newSDI = (RichShowDetailItem) children.get(jj);
                    //open new tab

    // find a jsf component
    private UIComponent getUIComponent(String name) {
        FacesContext facesCtx = FacesContext.getCurrentInstance();
        return facesCtx.getViewRoot().findComponent(name);

    public void nextTab() {

The logic in the action listener first searches for the af:panelTabbed in the viewRoot and gets the number of children from it. Each child is one of the af:showDetailItem representing a tab. Then we iterate over the child list and search the currently disclosed tab. We close this tab and the next tab in the list gets disclosed. If the currently selected tab is the last in the list, the first tab is disclosed (see the comments in the code section).

To Implement the second use case, the one we really want to talk about, we first need to implement three bounded task flows which we later use as regions in the tabs.

Bounden Task Flow with Parent Action

Bounden Task Flow with Parent Action

The image shows the bounded task flow for one tab. The other bounded task flows are build in the same way and are just showing different text. The reason for this is that you normally would use different regions aka different task flows in the tabs. We could have used only one bounded task flow with a parameter to change the text shown in the fragment. In the sample you’ll find this implemented for tabs 4 and 5.
The region is simple and only shows one fragment which has a button to navigate to the next tab and a test to distinguish the regions when navigating. The whole magic is the parent action in the bounded task flow. This parent action executes a navigation case ‘nextTab’ in the parent task flow.

Unbounded Task Flow with Start Page

Unbounded Task Flow with Start Page

In the image above we the the unbounded task flow which is the parent of the bounded task flow. Here a wild card rule navigates to a method call activity ‘selectNextTab’ using the navigation case ‘nextTab’ we entered to the parent action of the regions.
The method action calls the ‘nextTab()’ in the managed bean from the code section above. All this method does is to call the action listener which is called from the af:Button of the start page (Start.jsf). As the action listener needs an ActionEvent as parameter, which we don’t use in the code we pass ‘null’ when we call the listener from the method call activity.

This concludes the implementation. Here are some images from the running application

The sample application can be downloaded form ADFEMG Sample Project.

A version of the software build with JDeveloper can be downloaded from GitHub

JDeveloper 11g R1: Advanced Multi Column Table Sort

A question on the JDeveloper and ADF Community Space found my attention. A user asked how to sort an af:table after more then one column.
Well, there is the official way, which Frank Nimphius’s bloged about in ‘Declarative multi-column sort for ADF bound tables’.
However this declarative approach needs the user to select the columns and their sort order. In most cases the sort after a second column is driven by the use case specification. A sample would be that the departments tables should normally be sorted after the column selected by the user, but then the data should always be sorted by the department name inside the first sort.
The image below shows the Departments table sorted first after the LocationId and inside the LocationId sorted by the DepartmentName.

Departments sorted after LocationID and DepartmentName

Departments sorted after LocationID and DepartmentName

Now lets see how to implement this. There are some possible solutions:

  1. add a sort criterion in a managed bean
  2. add a sort Criterion in the ViewObject
  3. a combination of 1) and 2)

All solutions have their advantages and disadvantages. Let’s start with the managed bean approach. This is pretty simple as we only need to add sortListener to the af:table which is pointing a bean method. In the sample below we are using the departments table where we wire up the secondary sort to the DepartmentName column.

<af:table value="#{bindings.DepartmentsView.collectionModel}" var="row" rows="#{bindings.DepartmentsView.rangeSize}"

And the sortTableListener in the bean

    public void sortTableListener(SortEvent sortEvent) {
        //log the selected column (just for information)
        List<SortCriterion> criteria = sortEvent.getSortCriteria();
        for (SortCriterion sc : criteria) {
  "Sort after: " + sc.getProperty());
        // Create new SortCriterion for DepartmentName in ascending order
        SortCriterion scNew = new SortCriterion("DepartmentName", true);
        // Add it to the list
        // and apply it back to the table
        Object object = sortEvent.getSource();
        RichTable table = (RichTable) object;

That’s all we need to do to get the output from the first image. You’ll notice, that both columns are showing the sort icon. Only the one for the DepartmentName can’t change to descending order as we wired things up to always sort in ascending order. From the users point of view this can be disturbing as it’s not obvious why this happens.

For the second solution we use the model layer instead of the view layer. Here we implement the ViewObjectImpl class of the EmployeesView and overwrite the setOrderByOrSortBy(…) method. This is the method the framework calls when you click on a header on the table to sort it.
Now we can hard wire the secondary sort column, as we did in the managed bean. However, let’s think about how to make this more flexible. A nice add on is that we can use the custom properties of each table attribute to define the secondary sort column. This way we can decide which columns to sort after for each of the attributes available. We can even decide to add more then one column for secondary and third sort.

The overwritten setOrderByOrSortBy method looks for the custom property named ‘SECONDARY_SORT’ and if found, creates a new SortCriterion with the column name give in the custom property. This new sort criterion is then added to the list of SortCriteria.

    public String setOrderByOrSortBy(SortCriteria[] sortCriteria) {
        SortCriteriaImpl scNew = null;
        // iterate current sort criteria
        for (int i = 0; i < sortCriteria.length; i++) {
  "Sort: " + sortCriteria[i].getAttributeName());
            // check for SECONDARY_SORT propertie on each attribute
            int attributeIndexOf = this.getAttributeIndexOf(sortCriteria[i].getAttributeName());
            AttributeDef attributeDef = this.getAttributeDef(attributeIndexOf);
            Object object = attributeDef.getProperty("SECONDARY_SORT");
            if (object != null) {
      "Secondary sort:" + object.toString());
                scNew = new SortCriteriaImpl(object.toString(), false);

        if (scNew != null) {
            // Create a new array for the added criteria
            SortCriteria scNewArray[] = new SortCriteria[sortCriteria.length + 1];
            for (int j = 0; j < sortCriteria.length; j++) {
                scNewArray[j] = sortCriteria[j];

            // add the new criteria
            scNewArray[sortCriteria.length] = scNew;
            //and exceute the search
            return super.setOrderByOrSortBy(scNewArray);
        return super.setOrderByOrSortBy(sortCriteria);

The image blow shows the result for the employees table which is first sorted after the ManagerId and then after the FirstName of the employee.

Sort after ManagerId and LastName

Sort after ManagerId and LastName

As you see, only the ManagerId column shows the sort icon. The secondary sort column, FirstName, doesn’t show the sort icon.

You can download the sample application, which uses the HR DB schema from the ADF-EMG ADF Samples Repository:

Case Study: Backporting a JDeveloper Project from11gR2 to 11gR1

I got a couple of queries to backport my file and image handling sample, which was built using JDeveloper 11.1.2.x version, to JDeveloper 11.1.1.x version. This I have done and like to share the steps on how to do this.

Here are the general steps:

  1. copy the workspace from 11gR2 into a fresh folder which you should onöy access with 11gR1. It’s essential to don’t open one workspace with different workspaces as this might change descriptors and or files.
  2. open the ‘.jsw’ file in 11gR1. If you get a message if you want to migrate answer ‘yes’
  3. recompile the model project.
  4. make the necessary changes to the viewController project files: ui pages and descriptors
  5. Test the application

As base for this case study we use the sample which is the final sample from the Part 3.

1) unzip the sample into a fresh folder. We use the same folder names from the zip archive, but use a different base directory (backport in this case)
2) The images below show the steps to take after copying the files into the backport folder and opening the ‘.jws’ file. Don’t be fooled by the wizard which tell you that the files are converted from jsf1.0 to jsf1.2. Somehow hte wizard only knows that that the files are not jsf1.2 so it assumes that they are jsf1.0.

3) The database project don’t need any attention. The model project can just be recompiled. Here are the last lines after the rebuild. If you like you can test application module using the application module tester

Validating Business Component:
  copying de/hahn/blog/uldl/model/businessobjects/Catalog.xml to output directory
Updated file:/Q:/backport/BlogUploadDownload/ULDLModel/classes/META-INF/adfm.xml
[7:11:42 PM] Successful compilation: 0 errors, 0 warnings. 

4) Now we have to make some obvious changes to the ViewController project. Fist we have to check if the ui pages are built using JSPX pages of JSF pages. A look into the public_html folder reveals that there is only one page (Catalog.jsf) which was built as JSF page. In a first step we rename the file to Catalog.jspx. Fragments have the suffix ‘.jsff’ in both versions, but are based on different schemas. However, we don’t need to rename the fragments.
Now we refresh the viewController project to see the new jspx file.

Refresh Project

Refresh Project

When we open the file we’ll see an error which is hte result that we tried to open a jsf (renamed only to jspx) page in 11gR1.
Error opening the Catalog.jspx

Error opening the Catalog.jspx

We ignore the error and continue our work. To fix the error we have to look into the file (source) and see that the jsf page uses a different root element:

<f:view xmlns:f="" xmlns:af="">

whereas a jspx page uses

<jsp:root xmlns:jsp="" version="2.1" xmlns:f="" xmlns:h=""
  < contentType="text/html;charset=UTF-8"/>
<f:view xmlns:f="" xmlns:af="">

After changing this root element and adding the close tag, the whole page look like

<?xml version='1.0' encoding='UTF-8'?>
<jsp:root xmlns:jsp="" version="2.1" xmlns:f="" xmlns:h=""
    < contentType="text/html;charset=UTF-8"/>
    <f:view xmlns:f="" xmlns:af="">
        <af:document title="Catalog.jspx" id="d1">
            <af:form id="f1" usesUpload="true">
                <af:panelStretchLayout topHeight="50px" id="psl1">
                    <f:facet name="top">
                        <af:outputText value="Upload Download Test" id="ot1" inlineStyle="font-size:xx-large;"/>
                    <f:facet name="center">
                        <af:region value="#{bindings.catalogtaskflowdefinition1.regionModel}" id="r1"/>
                        <!-- id="af_one_column_header_stretched"  -->

We still see red marks in the right side gutter of the file. These are because we have not jet changes the libraries used by the project. After removing the JSF2.0 library we use the ‘Code Assist’ function of JDeveloper to add the correct JSF1.2 tag libs and libraries.

You may have to close JDeveloper and reopen it again to get rid of the red marks. After this you can open hte Catalog.jspx file in design mode:
Migrated Catalog.jspx

Migrated Catalog.jspx

The next step is to look into the ‘.jsff’ fragments. These too are using a different schema. This is the JSF2.0 fragment which uses a tag:

<?xml version='1.0' encoding='UTF-8'?>
<ui:composition xmlns:ui=""

The JSF1.2 fragment uses a jsp:root element instead:

<?xml version='1.0' encoding='UTF-8'?>
<jsp:root xmlns:jsp="" version="2.1" xmlns:af="" xmlns:f="">

Changing the ui:component tag to the jsp:root tag (don’t forget to change the end tag) the fragments can be opened in design mode too. Depending on the components you have used in your may have to change some ui components to get your page to work.
Next step is to adjust the Databindings.cpx which still holds a link to the Catalog.jsf page.

Old Databindings.cpx

Old Databindings.cpx

Open the file in source mode and change the ‘Catalog.jsf’ to ‘Catalog.jspx’. Next we have to check the ‘adfc-config.xml’ which holds a reference to the ‘Catalog.jsf’ page. This we change to ‘Catalog.jspx’.
Now we are ready to try to run the backported app the first time. We check the DB connection first, then run the application.

<20.05.2013 20:58 Uhr MESZ> <Error> <J2EE> <BEA-160197> <Unable to load descriptor P:\jdeveloper\system\system11.\o.j2ee\drs\BlogUploadDownload/META-INF/weblogic-application.xml of module BlogUploadDownload. The error is weblogic.descriptor.DescriptorException: Unmarshaller failed
	at weblogic.descriptor.internal.MarshallerFactory$1.createDescriptor(
	at weblogic.descriptor.BasicDescriptorManager.createDescriptor(
	at weblogic.application.descriptor.AbstractDescriptorLoader2.getDescriptorBeanFromReader(
Caused by: com.bea.xml.XmlException: weblogic.descriptor.BeanAlreadyExistsException: Bean already exists: "weblogic.j2ee.descriptor.wl.LibraryRefBeanImpl@eadc995c(/LibraryRefs[[CompoundKey:]])"
	at com.bea.staxb.runtime.internal.util.ReflectionUtils.invokeMethod(
	at com.bea.staxb.runtime.internal.RuntimeBindingType$BeanRuntimeProperty.setValue(

This error points to one of the descriptors we did not check up to now. The ‘/LibraryRefs[[CompoundKey:]]’ is defined in the weblogic-application.xml file which we find ‘Application Resources’->’Descriptors’->’META-INF’ node.



Here we see that there are multiple entries for the same listeners and library-ref entries. These entries are getting duplicated each time you open the project (or restart JDeveloper). The reason for this is that the ‘xsi:schemaLocation’ is pointing to the wrong version ‘1.1’ (and location) in this case. The correct version for the 11gR1 is ‘1.0’. We replace the wrong schema with the correct one and remove the duplication entries.

<weblogic-application xmlns:xsi=""

Before we run the application again we check need to check the web.xml which contains a couple of entries which are not needed using 11gR1.
There ‘context-param’s javax.faces.PARTIAL_STATE_SAVING,, javax.faces.FACELETS_VIEW_MAPPINGS, javax.faces.FACELETS_SKIP_XML_INSTRUCTIONS, javax.faces.FACELETS_SKIP_COMMENTS, javax.faces.FACELETS_DECORATORS and javax.faces.FACELETS_RESOURCE_RESOLVER should be removed.
After these changes the application is ready to run.
5) Test run the application

Running Backported Application

Running Backported Application

If you like to use hte new skyros skin you neet to alter the trinidad-config.xml to:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<trinidad-config xmlns="">

The last things to check is the ‘transaction isolation level’ of the task flows and the ‘ChangeEventPolicy’ of the iterators. The default ‘ChangeEventPolicy’ has been changed for 11gR2 applications to ‘ppr’ whereas it was ‘none’ for 11gR1. This change might not be visible at first, but you may notice some flicker in the table of the sample. This is the result of the new ‘ChangeEventPolicy’. If you check it back to none, you have to app the partial triggers to the components yourself. This is done in the sample which comes with Part 4 of the file and image handling sample.

There sure are more things to change, which I did not mention. This is because I did not need to change them ot did not find them. If you come across suhc a missing thing, please drop me a note so that I can add this to this article.

Handling images/files in ADF (Part 4)

This is a continuation of my already three part series about handling files and images in JDeveloper. The first three parts guided through the hole process:

    Part 1 gives an overview of the sample application I’m going to build and how to set it up
    Part 2 shows how to upload a file, store it and download it back to the client
    Part 3 implements two techniques to show the data (image) on the user interface
    Part 4 backport of the sample to JDeveloper 11gR1
    Part 5 implements a technique to show the uploaded file right after upload without the need to commit first

There is one missing part, which is that the whole sample was built using JDeveloper using JSF2.0 components. Running the sample in newer JDeveloper 11.1.2.x versions in no problem (tested up to However I got a couple of questions asking hoe to run it using JDeveloper 11.1.1.x version.
The shown techniques are all version independent, so that you can used them in your own application, but have to build your own UI.

I decided to backport the sample to run under 11.1.1.x too.

Part 4 Sample build to run with JDeveloper 11.1.1.x.

The sample can be downloaded from the ADF EMG Sample side

Master Detail Insert/Delete Sample

In the last couple of weeks a question on the OTN JDeveloper & ADF forum about how to insert and delete in a master-detail szenario was asked frequently. There are some threads in the forum talking about this, but apparently no solution which answers all the questions. This post tries to fill in the gap.

Use case
The use case we implement in this blog is as follows: we have a master detail relationship defined by a foreign key in the detail table. We use the REGION and COUNTRIES tables of the HR DB schema. There is a 1..* relationship between the REGION and the COUNTRIES tables. When you look at the REGIONS table only four regions are defined. We want to be able to create a new region and add some new countries into the detail table COUNTRIES before committing the whole transaction. Likewise we want to delete a region together with the countries attached to it, but also a country by itself without deleting a region.

The insert part is pretty simple as the ADF framework does it automatically for you. You only have to use the right view objects from the data control and the framework does all the magic of propagating the FK to the child table when you insert a new row into the child table. This even works if you just added a new row to the master without committing it before inserting new child records.
The cascading delete part is not as obvious as the framework offers some help, but delegates the real work to the DB. If the DB knows about the cascading delete it works out OK. However, when you build the business components from the DB tables, the framework does not tell the DB that you want the cascading delete to happen. So without a small change the use case won’t work without us manually deleting all child rows ourselves.

In this blog we build a sample which shows how this use case can be implemented with the help of the DB. In an OTN Harvest post What happens when you choose cascade delete on an association Frank Nimphius talked about what it means if we choose the cascade delete option on an association. Here is a quote from the article:

One of the configuration options in the visual editor is Implement Cascade Delete that is located in the
Relationship menu under the Behavior header. Selecting this option indicates that all detail rows that are
associated with a parent entity should be deleted when the parent entity is deleted.
However, ADF Business Components does not itself perform the cascade delete, but expects a database
constraint to be defined for this. All that the Implement Cascade Delete does is to change the delete
command issued by ADF Business Components to the database.
To quote the “Oracle Fusion Middleware Fusion Developer’s Guide for Oracle Application Development

” … When selected, this option allows the composing entity object to be removed unconditionally together with any composed
children entities. If the related Optimize for Database Cascade Delete option is deselected, then the composed entity objects
perform their normal DELETE statement at transaction commit time to make the changes permanent. If the option is
selected, then the composed entities do not perform the DELETE statement on the assumption that the database ON
DELETE CASCADE constraint will handle the deletion of the corresponding rows.

In summary, the article tells us what to do to make the cascading delete work. We need to make the foreign key constraint aware of that by setting it’s delete action to ‘CASCADE’. This we can do from within JDeveloper by using the DB Navigator. Open the HR connection and then open the ‘Tables’ node. Here we select the COUNTRIES table and edit it:

Change FK Constraints on the DB Table COUNTRIES

Change FK Constraints on the DB Table COUNTRIES

Select ‘CASCADE’ in the ‘On Delete’ drop down box in the Foreign Key dialog box:
Set Constraint to CASCADE

Set Constraint to CASCADE

After this change the rest of the use case is just setting up the UI.

Setting up the UI
First we take a look at the ‘Data Controls’ where we see the master detail relationship between the Regions and Countries:

Data Controls

Data Controls

The UI is build in on fragment ‘SchowMasterDetail.jsff’ which consists of a vertical splitter. In the upper part we put the master (Region) as a form and in the bottom part the detail (Countries) as editable table.

<?xml version='1.0' encoding='UTF-8'?>
<jsp:root xmlns:jsp="" version="2.1" xmlns:af="" xmlns:f="">
  <af:panelStretchLayout id="psl1">
    <f:facet name="center">
      <af:panelSplitter id="ps1" orientation="vertical" splitterPosition="150">
        <f:facet name="first">
       <f:facet name="second">
      <!-- id="af_one_column_stretched"   -->
    <f:facet name="bottom"/>

To get the master data into the form we drag the Region view object from the data controls on the first splitter facet and drop it as form with submit and navigation buttons. After this we add another panelGroupLayout where we put some additional buttons which we use to create a new region, delete a region, rollback the changes and commit the changes.

For the detail we use the Countries view object from the data controls and drop it as table (editable) on the center facet of a panelStretchLayout which we put on the second facet of the panelSplitter. We mark the table singe selection and sortable. As we did for the regions we add some buttons to the bottom facet which we use to create a new country, delete a country, rollback the changes or commit them. Rollback and commit are for the whole transaction. Even if we click the rollback in the detail part, the whole transaction is rolled back.

Final Page Layout

Final Page Layout

The image above shows the final page layout. Only two things are left to do. We change to the bindings tab of the ShowMasterDetail.jsff and set the ‘ChangeEventPolicy’ for both iterators (Region and Countries) to ‘ppr’. This spares us to update the input fields and the table after each click on one of the navigation buttons. If you are using or 11.1.2.x this is the default for newly created iterators. For older versions you have to do it yourself.
Set ChangeEventPolicy to PPR

Set ChangeEventPolicy to PPR

Set ChangeEventPolicy to PPR

Set ChangeEventPolicy to PPR

Running Application
The images below are showing the running sample. We start by verifying that no countries for attached to region id 5 are present, then create a new region with the id 5. Without committing the new region we create some new countries for the fresh created region 5. Finally we commit the transaction and verify that the new data is present in the DB.

Now we delete the new region 5 with all countries created.

The sample was built using JDeveloper and uses the HR DB schema. It should be work with JDeveloper, and JDeveloper too. You can download the sample from the ADF-EMG Sample Project ‘’

Make Disclosed Row the Current Row when using a Detail Facet of a Table

A question on the OTN JDeveloper & ADF forum asked for help on a use case using a table with an active detail facet. The problem is that when you disclose a row to see the detail, the current row is not changing to the disclosed row.

To make this work we add a RowDisclosureListener where we get the row which should be disclosed and make the row the current row.

The sample, which you cam download using the link provided at the end of the post, uses the HR schema. The master table show the employees and the detail facet is used to show details of the current job the employee has.

Running Application

Running Application

The data model looks like
Data Model

Data Model

The tabel is build by dropping the Employees table onto a page as read only table. The detail facet is build by dropping the JobsDetail as read only form onto the facet. The resulting page code looks like

        <af:table value="#{bindings.Employees.collectionModel}" var="row" rows="#{bindings.Employees.rangeSize}"
                  emptyText="#{bindings.Employees.viewable ? 'No data to display.' : 'Access Denied.'}" fetchSize="#{bindings.Employees.rangeSize}"
                  rowBandingInterval="0" selectedRowKeys="#{bindings.Employees.collectionModel.selectedRow}"
                  selectionListener="#{bindings.Employees.collectionModel.makeCurrent}" rowSelection="single" id="t1"
          <f:facet name="detailStamp">
            <af:panelFormLayout id="pfl1" partialTriggers="::t1">
              <af:panelLabelAndMessage label="#{bindings.JobId.hints.label}" id="plam3">
                <af:outputText value="#{bindings.JobId.inputValue}" id="ot10"/>
              <af:panelLabelAndMessage label="#{bindings.JobTitle.hints.label}" id="plam1">
                <af:outputText value="#{bindings.JobTitle.inputValue}" id="ot7"/>
              <af:panelLabelAndMessage label="#{bindings.MinSalary.hints.label}" id="plam2">
                <af:outputText value="#{bindings.MinSalary.inputValue}" id="ot8">
                  <af:convertNumber groupingUsed="false" pattern="#{bindings.MinSalary.format}"/>
              <af:panelLabelAndMessage label="#{bindings.MaxSalary.hints.label}" id="plam4">
                <af:outputText value="#{bindings.MaxSalary.inputValue}" id="ot9">
                  <af:convertNumber groupingUsed="false" pattern="#{bindings.MaxSalary.format}"/>

The problem now is, that if we click on the disclose arrow on the left hand side we see the detail information of the current employee row (the master row). The disclosure of a row doesn’t set the current row to the disclosed row.
The solution is to make the disclosed row the current row. For this we add a rowDisclosureListener to the table which points to a method in a bean. The code of hte listener look like

     * Disclosure event
     * @param rowDisclosureEvent
    public void rowDiscloseListener(RowDisclosureEvent rowDisclosureEvent) {
        RowKeySet addedSet = rowDisclosureEvent.getAddedSet();
        Object object = rowDisclosureEvent.getSource();
        // iterate over the disclosed row (hopefully only one)
        for (Object obj : addedSet) {
            List<Key> rowKeys = (List<Key>)obj;
            // make the disclosed row the current row

     * Synchronizes the table UI component row selection with the
     * selection in the ADF binding layer
     * @param rowDisclosureEvent event object created by the table
     * component upon row selection
    public static void makeDisclosedRowCurrent(RowDisclosureEvent rowDisclosureEvent,
                                               Key key) {
        RichTable _table = (RichTable)rowDisclosureEvent.getSource();
        //the Collection Model is the object that provides the
        //structured data
        //for the table to render
        CollectionModel _tableModel = (CollectionModel)_table.getValue();
        //the ADF object that implements the CollectionModel is
        //JUCtrlHierBinding. It is wrapped by the CollectionModel API
        JUCtrlHierBinding _adfTableBinding =
        //Acess the ADF iterator binding that is used with
        //ADF table binding
        DCIteratorBinding _tableIteratorBinding =

        //get the row key from the added rowdisclosure event
        Key _rwKey = key;

The method rowDiscloseListener is used to get the key of the disclosed row and the method makeDisclosedRowCurrent is used to make the row the current row and synchronise the binding layer to reflect this.

You can download the sample thos the ADFEMG Sample side
The sample uses the HR schema and was built with JDev but works works with and higher too.

Using one ViewObject for Global Lookup Data (Part 2)

Based on the other post ‘Using one ViewObject for Global Lookup Data’ I got an other question on how to use this approach in a way, that a LOV is initalized with an area of lookup data before the page in shown to the user.
This can be done, all declarative without the need to write java code e.g. in an onLoad() method. The solution is to use a bounded task flow which initializes the LOV before navigation to the page the LOV is used.
To show this we create a simple navigation model in the adfc-config.xml like

Navigation Model

Navigation Model

‘Generic Lookup’ is used to show how to do this inside a page, where the lookup is presented in a region, the ‘LookupInitPosition’ shows how to preset an area for the lookup data (POSITION in this case) before showing the page in a region too.
Before we go into detail on how to setup the UI we need to add another view object to our data model which we use the acquire the lookup data

VO to get Lookup Data

VO to get Lookup Data

The ‘GeneralLookup’ view object is the same we used in part 1 to get the lookup data of an area, only this time we don’t specify lookup area but a dummy value (‘1’ in this case) for the area. This dummy value is set so that we don’t get any result back. If the ‘GeneralLookup’ view is executed without an area given from the outside, we don’t get any result. Keep this in mind when we are looking at the running sample later on.

Back to the UI. As both use cases uses a region it’s a nice sample how a bounded task flow (btf) can be reused in different use cases. The bounded task flow itself looks like

Navigation Model Bounded Task Flow

Navigation Model Model Bounded Task Flow

Bounded Task Flow to Show preselected Lookup Data

Bounded Task Flow to Show preselected Lookup Data

As you see the bounded task flow uses a method call (ExecuteWithParams) as it’s start activity. A task flow parameter is used to pass the name of the lookup area we want the LOV to initially show.
The name of the input parameter does not really matter, what you have to note down is the value part ‘#{pageFlowScope.selectedType}’ as this is the the variable we use to set the bindType parameter of the method call activity ExecuteWithParams.

Setup of the ExecuteWithParams Method Call

Setup of the ExecuteWithParams Method Call

After executing the query with the new set bindType we navigate to to page to show the result:

Region View1 which shows the LOV with the Preselected Lookup Data

Region View1 which shows the LOV with the Preselected Lookup Data

We see the LOV as af:selectOneChoice which stores the selected value in an attribute from the variable iterator (see Creating Variables and Attribute Bindings to Store Values Temporarily in the PageDef for more info on this). The input text below the LOV can be used to change the area parameter used for the LOV. If we enter e.g. WEEKDAY and click the ‘Refesh’ button, the input value is read and transferred to the parameter (#{pageFlowScope.selectedType}) for the executeWithParameter method via a af:setPropertyListener. This allows to change the LOV on the fly from within the region.
The LOV source is a dynamic list generated from the Generallookup VO as seen in the next image
Setup LOV for af:selectOneChoice

Setup LOV for af:selectOneChoice

After we know how the region (the bounded task flow) works, we can build the GenericLookup.jspx page. This page allows to enter the name of an ares into an input text field and then to refresh the bounded task flow, which we put on the page as region.

The final use case is to navigate to a page with with a preselected lookup area, POSITION in this case. For this we use the button ‘goto Page with init on POSITION’ at the bottom of the page.

You can download the sample workspace which was build JDeveloper and using the HR schema from the ADF EMG Samples side You can open the workspace using JDev without a problem. If you are asked if you like to migrate the workspace to answer with Yes.