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Vaadin 8 in Kotlin: Binding data

David Marko
Feb 10, 2017 · 2 min read

Binding from data bean to UI components is very common Vaadin feature. Vaadin 8 changes the API slightly and simplifies this operation.

Each item below references code comment number in code snippet below.

#1 : BeanBinder — bean binder is object that holds the state and organize validation and data conversions.

#2 : Binding fields — each field can be bound individually. We do binding from Vaadin UI component (e.g. TextField). Binding includes validators and possible data convertors.

#3 : Binding all fields — besides individual bean bindings we can bind entire bean to UI components with binder.bindInstanceFields(this) . We can even combine individual field bindings with validator definitions and then we bind rest of the bean fields that don’t require any special handling.

#4 : Reading value from bean — binder.readBean(task) reads value from field and store it to UI components based on binding definitions …

#5 : Writing values back to bean — binder.writeBean(task) writes values entered to UI components back to data bean.

# 6 : Data class for your task object. Kotlin allows very nice and compact syntax for data beans.

// #1
var binder = BeanBinder(Task::class.java)
var task: Task....// #2
binder.forField(subject).withValidator(StringLengthValidator(
         "Subject is required",3,60)
 ).bind("subject");

 binder.forField(type).asRequired("Type is required")
         .bind("type");

 // #3
 binder.bindInstanceFields(this) // #4
 binder.readBean(task) // #5
 binder.writeBean(task)....// #6
data class Task(var subject: String, var description: String, var type:String, var dueDate: LocalDate)

There are many options available for data binding in Vaadin 8 documentation here.

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