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Vaadin 8 in Kotlin: Binding data

Fri, Nov 9, 2018 2-minute 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(
var task: Task

// #2
         "Subject is required",3,60)

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

// #3

// #4

// #5

// #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.