JSF ValidationError With Custom Converters

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Here’s an important tidbit… JSF does not give any default validators for your data if you use a custom converter. If you’re getting a ValidationError exception, overriding equals and hashcode methods might be a good idea. For more, read on…

Here was my code:

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<h:selectManyCheckbox id="recipients-grp"
   value="#{email.sendToRecipients}"
   converter="#{entityConverter}"
   layout="pageDirection">
   <f:selectItems id="recip" value="#{r:convertSelectItemList(emailBean.allRecipients)}"/>
</h:selectManyCheckbox>

I was seeing a lot of this:

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assignmentCreateForm:j_id47:0:recipients-grp: Validation Error: Value is not valid

It turns out that when you’re using a custom converter, which I am (entityConverter), there are no default validators provided by JSF.

This means that you are required to prove to JSF that the objects that you’re retrieving from the f:selectItems collection will fit into the h:selectManyCheckbox value you have specified. In order to help JSF determine the compatibility, you must provide a meaningful hashcode and equals method for your f:selectItems object.

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