I realize that having an ActionForm and a POJO with the same getters/setters is ridiculous, but please bear with me for this example. I have a Form and a POJO with Strings, Longs and Dates. The Longs and the Dates get converted into Strings when I get the data from the database using BeanUtils.copyProperties. This works great.
However, when going back, it's a different story - here's the ugly way:
SimpleDateFormat format = new SimpleDateFormat("yyyy-MM-dd"); Date dateChanged = format.parse(userForm.getDateChanged()); Date dateCreated = format.parse(userForm.getDateCreated()); user = new User(userForm.getUserId(), userForm.getPassword(), Long.valueOf(userForm.getDesktopId()), Long.valueOf(userForm.getCubeId()), userForm.getCreatedBy(), dateCreated, userForm.getChangedBy(), dateChanged);
While this works, it's ugly and a pain. I want something like the ActionForm-Value Object mapper. This mapper allows you to easily copy properties between VOs (or Hibernate Objects) and Forms, and vise-versa.
vo = FormToVOMapper.map(form, new ExampleVO());
So I could do something as simple as
user = FormToVOMapper.map(userForm, new User()); I like this mapper and I used it on my last project, where it works great. However, I get the feeling that developers in the Struts Community are using something better - and I want to use it. So please, tell me what it is and lets figure out the best way to do this. Another method I've used in the past is to set the VO (or object) on the form itself, allowing for setting of Strings without copying - and setting dates on the form, to be manipulated by the setter. This framework worked great, and I was actually the happiest with it out of any of the above. Chime in and give me your opinions!