1 Reply Latest reply on Mar 7, 2009 7:50 PM by Ning Zhao

    resultList scope question

    Ning Zhao Apprentice
      Seam version: 2.1.1 GA. Application server: JBoss 4.2.3 GA

      Say there are two entities called Song and Album having many-Song-to-one-Album association. After executing the "seam generate-ui", there are following java files:

      = SongHome.java
      = SongList.java
      = AlbumHome.java
      = AlbumList.java

      and the following autmatically generated xhtml files:

      = SongList.xhtml
      = SongEdit.xhtml
      = AlbumList.xhtml
      = AlbumEdit.xhtml

      and their corresponding page navigation descriptors.

      Now I want to implement a "Create Album" button in the SongList.xhtml page. The users can choose several songs in the SongList.xhtml page and then click the "create album" button. They should be landed at the AlbumEdit.xhtml with the chosen songs already wired to the newly created Album object.

      I did it like this:

      = Added a transient boolean field "selectedForAlbum" to the Song entity.
      = Added a column in the SongList.xhtml for song selection looking like this:
      <h:selectBooleanCheckbox value="#{_song.selectedForAlbum}"  disabled="#{not empty _song.parentAlbum}" />

      = Added a button in the SongList.xhtml for creating album:

               value="Create album">
              <f:param name="albumId" />

      = Added the following field and method in the SongList.java

      private AlbumHome albumHome;

      public String createAlbum(){
          for (Song s : getResultList()){
             if (s.getSelectedForAlbum()){

          return "createdAlbum";

      At the run time, there was always NPE caused by the line "for (Song s : getResultList())". The getResultList() returned null. I guess the EntityManager was somehow closed at this moment.

      There are other ways to implement this kind of use case (the Seam DVD example has a similar use case), but I find the automatically generated files look very fine, I'd like to learn how to build business logics on top of it. Why was there this NPE and how should I fix the NPE problem? Any important code to write in the page navigation descriptor?

      Many thanks in advance!

      - Ellen