Enum Parameter Recipe

Enum Component Parameter

It's not uncommon to create a component that has a bit of complex behavior that you want to be able to easily control, and an enumerated type (a Java enum) seems like the right approach.

Our example comes from Tapestry's Select component, which has a blankOption parameter that has an enum type.

Let's start with the enum type itself:


Next, we define the parameter:

Select.java (partial)

Note the use of literal as the default prefix; this allows us to use the name of the option in our template, e.g. <t:select blankoption="never" .../>. Without the default prefix setting, "never" would be interpreted as a property expression (and you'd see an error when you loaded the page).

The final piece of the puzzle is to inform Tapestry how to convert from a string, such as "never", to a BlankOption value.

TapestryModule.java (partial)

The TypeCoercer service is ultimately responsible for converting the string to a BlankOption, but we have to tell it how, by contributing an appropriate CoercionTuple. The CoercionTuple identifies the source and target types (String and BlankOption), and an object to perform the coercion (an instance of StringToEnumCoercion, via the create() static method).