Spring 3.1 modelAttribute

Still working on this post…

Maddening searches to figure out how to properly use the modelAttribute keyword in the controller and the forms.

Here is a list of the mistakes I corrected to get to my goal

  • Typo: @ModelAttribute in the Java classes but modelAttribute in the jsp. Lower case “m” for jsp pages. When you have it right the id field in your rendered jsp page shows the proper model attribute name.
    <form:form modelAttribute=”madmartin” action=”/madmartin/${id}” method=”post”>
    gives html like this:
    <form id=”madmartin” action=”/madmartin/393216″ method=”post”>
    Got it from this page:  http://www.springbyexample.org/examples/spring-web-flow-subflow-webapp-jsp-example.html
    Too many other pages had it wrong. Mad +1
  • Could not use the @ModelAttribute on a method to create my object and then put data in the method processing the request. I had to put the @ModelAttribute in the argument of the method processing the request.
    I think this is the result of my misunderstanding of some feature. Idiot +1
  • Stole some code from the Spring documentation to fix a conversion issue from String to Date format I used in one of my model.
        public void initBinder(WebDataBinder binder) {
            SimpleDateFormat dateFormat = new SimpleDateFormat("yyyy-MM-dd");
            binder.registerCustomEditor(Date.class, new CustomDateEditor(dateFormat, false));

    Code re-use at it’s best. Copy and Paste +1

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