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Validator example in primefaces

Here is the example of a validator in primefaces. The example is based in the following use case: suppose we have a box calle “username” that has to be validated to see if the user entered new username exists previously in the database.

This example is run with primefaces in the presentation layer.

        <p:inputText id="txtUsername" 
        <p:message for="txtUsername"/>

The message tag wil hold the messages related with the validation errors. You can also use a <p:growl> tag for this.

The backing bean has to have a method called isUsernameValid to properly validate the username. Here is an example:

import javax.faces.component.UIComponent;
import javax.faces.context.FacesContext;
import javax.faces.validator.ValidatorException;
	 * Validates if the new username is available or not 
	public void isUsernameValid(FacesContext ctx, UIComponent component, Object value) 
										throws ValidatorException
		String newUsername = value.toString();
		// if the username hasn't changed, is valid
		if( newUsername.equals( initialUsername ) )
		// if the username has changed, but it is 
		// available in the database, is correct
		if( !usersController.userExists(newUsername) )
			// if it contains an space in the username, 
			// throw exception
			if( newUsername.contains( " " ) )
				fma.addErrorMessage( "usernameIncorrectFormat" );
				throw new ValidatorException( fma.getLastMessage() );	
			} // username.contains
			// if exists in the database, throw exception
			fma.addErrorMessage( "usernameAlreadyExists" );
			throw new ValidatorException( fma.getLastMessage() );	
	} // isUsernameValid

The fma object is a helper object that has a method to create a new faces message out of the resources of the application, instead of using a constant literal which will have problems for translating into various languages.


java/validatorinprimefaces.txt · Last modified: 2014/12/24 10:42 (external edit)