Friday, December 30, 2011

Bit #33 - Using custom client attributes

To use a custom client attribute for an ADF Faces component use an af:clientAttribute component as a child component of that component and specify the name and value of the custom attribute. Then use the JavaScript AdfUIComponent.getProperty() method to retrieve the property value at runtime on the client.

Note that custom client attributes are not delivered to the server automatically. To do so you must create a custom event from the client to the server using an af:serverListener component and queue the event by calling AdfCustomEvent.queue().

Here is an example of adding a custom client attribute to an af:inputText component. We have added an af:clientListener to demonstrate calling the AdfUIComponent.getProperty() method.


            <af:inputText label="Label 1" id="it1">
                <af:clientAttribute name="customAttribute" value="Hello, world"/>
                <af:clientListener type="valueChange" method="onInputTextValueChange"/>

            <af:resource type="javascript">
            function onInputTextValueChange(event) {
                var inputText = event.getSource();
                // retrieve and display the custom client attribute


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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Bit #32 - Locating a component on the client

To locate a component on the client side of an ADF Faces application use any of the AdfUIComponent.findComponent() or AdfPage.PAGE.findComponentByAbsoluteId() methods. Both of these methods accept the component's identifier. The difference between the two is that while AdfUIComponent.findComponent() accepts a relative expression representing the component identifier, AdfPage.PAGE.findComponentByAbsoluteId() expects an absolute expression for the component's identifier. Absolute expressions use a fully qualified client identifier with a leading separator character, for example :container1:container2:componentId.

To guaranty that a client side instance of the component exists, ensure that you have set the component's clientComponent property to true. Alternatively, you can add a clientListener to the component instead.

Finally, do not use the AdfPage.PAGE.findComponent() method because its implementation may change from release to release.


function exampleFunc(actionEvent) { 
    var someComponent=actionEvent.getSource();
    // use findComponent() to locate a component relative to 'someComponent'
    var someOtherComponent=someComponent.findComponent("componentId");


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