Class AbstractVetoableChangeListener

All Implemented Interfaces:
java.util.EventListener, java.beans.VetoableChangeListener

public abstract class AbstractVetoableChangeListener
extends java.lang.Object
implements java.beans.VetoableChangeListener

Convenience superclass for JavaBeans VetoableChangeListeners. This class implements the VetoableChangeListener interface to delegate the method call to one of any number of validation methods defined in concrete subclasses. This is a typical use of reflection to avoid the need for a chain of if/else statements, discussed in Expert One-on-One J2EE Design and Development.
Because validation methods are cached by this class's constructor, the overhead of reflection is not great.
The signature for validation methods must be of this form (the following example validates an int property named age): public void validateAge(int age, PropertyChangeEvent e) throws PropertyVetoException Note that the field can be expected to have been converted to the required type, simplifying validation logic.
Validation methods must be public or protected. The return value is not required, but will be ignored.
NB:Validation methods will receive a reversion event after they have vetoed a change. So, if an email property is initially null and an invalid email address is supplied and vetoed by the first call to validateEmail for the given validator, a second event will be sent when the email field is reverted to null. This means that validation methods must be able to cope with initial values. They can, however, throw another PropertyVetoException, which will be ignored by the caller.
Subclasses should be threadsafe: nothing in this superclass will cause a problem.

$Id:,v 1.2 2003/02/27 10:09:31 jhoeller Exp $
Rod Johnson

Field Summary
protected static java.lang.String VALIDATE_METHOD_PREFIX
          Prefix for validation methods: a typical name might be validateAge()
Constructor Summary
          Creates new AbstractVetoableChangeListener.
Method Summary
 void vetoableChange(java.beans.PropertyChangeEvent e)
          Implementation of VetoableChangeListener.
Methods inherited from class java.lang.Object
clone, equals, finalize, getClass, hashCode, notify, notifyAll, toString, wait, wait, wait

Field Detail


protected static final java.lang.String VALIDATE_METHOD_PREFIX
Prefix for validation methods: a typical name might be validateAge()
Constructor Detail


public AbstractVetoableChangeListener()
                               throws java.lang.SecurityException
Creates new AbstractVetoableChangeListener. Caches validation methods for efficiency.
Method Detail


public final void vetoableChange(java.beans.PropertyChangeEvent e)
                          throws java.beans.PropertyVetoException
Implementation of VetoableChangeListener. Will attempt to locate the appropriate validator method and invoke it. Will do nothing if there is no validation method for this property.
Specified by:
vetoableChange in interface java.beans.VetoableChangeListener

Rod Johnson and Spring contributors 2001-2003.