Java™ Platform
Standard Ed. 6

java.beans
Class PropertyDescriptor

java.lang.Object
  extended by java.beans.FeatureDescriptor
      extended by java.beans.PropertyDescriptor
Direct Known Subclasses:
IndexedPropertyDescriptor

public class PropertyDescriptor
extends FeatureDescriptor

A PropertyDescriptor describes one property that a Java Bean exports via a pair of accessor methods.


Constructor Summary
PropertyDescriptor(String propertyName, Class<?> beanClass)
          Constructs a PropertyDescriptor for a property that follows the standard Java convention by having getFoo and setFoo accessor methods.
PropertyDescriptor(String propertyName, Class<?> beanClass, String readMethodName, String writeMethodName)
          This constructor takes the name of a simple property, and method names for reading and writing the property.
PropertyDescriptor(String propertyName, Method readMethod, Method writeMethod)
          This constructor takes the name of a simple property, and Method objects for reading and writing the property.
 
Method Summary
 PropertyEditor createPropertyEditor(Object bean)
          Constructs an instance of a property editor using the current property editor class.
 boolean equals(Object obj)
          Compares this PropertyDescriptor against the specified object.
 Class<?> getPropertyEditorClass()
          Gets any explicit PropertyEditor Class that has been registered for this property.
 Class<?> getPropertyType()
          Gets the Class object for the property.
 Method getReadMethod()
          Gets the method that should be used to read the property value.
 Method getWriteMethod()
          Gets the method that should be used to write the property value.
 int hashCode()
          Returns a hash code value for the object.
 boolean isBound()
          Updates to "bound" properties will cause a "PropertyChange" event to get fired when the property is changed.
 boolean isConstrained()
          Attempted updates to "Constrained" properties will cause a "VetoableChange" event to get fired when the property is changed.
 void setBound(boolean bound)
          Updates to "bound" properties will cause a "PropertyChange" event to get fired when the property is changed.
 void setConstrained(boolean constrained)
          Attempted updates to "Constrained" properties will cause a "VetoableChange" event to get fired when the property is changed.
 void setPropertyEditorClass(Class<?> propertyEditorClass)
          Normally PropertyEditors will be found using the PropertyEditorManager.
 void setReadMethod(Method readMethod)
          Sets the method that should be used to read the property value.
 void setWriteMethod(Method writeMethod)
          Sets the method that should be used to write the property value.
 
Methods inherited from class java.beans.FeatureDescriptor
attributeNames, getDisplayName, getName, getShortDescription, getValue, isExpert, isHidden, isPreferred, setDisplayName, setExpert, setHidden, setName, setPreferred, setShortDescription, setValue
 
Methods inherited from class java.lang.Object
clone, finalize, getClass, notify, notifyAll, toString, wait, wait, wait
 

Constructor Detail

PropertyDescriptor

public PropertyDescriptor(String propertyName,
                          Class<?> beanClass)
                   throws IntrospectionException
Constructs a PropertyDescriptor for a property that follows the standard Java convention by having getFoo and setFoo accessor methods. Thus if the argument name is "fred", it will assume that the writer method is "setFred" and the reader method is "getFred" (or "isFred" for a boolean property). Note that the property name should start with a lower case character, which will be capitalized in the method names.

Parameters:
propertyName - The programmatic name of the property.
beanClass - The Class object for the target bean. For example sun.beans.OurButton.class.
Throws:
IntrospectionException - if an exception occurs during introspection.

PropertyDescriptor

public PropertyDescriptor(String propertyName,
                          Class<?> beanClass,
                          String readMethodName,
                          String writeMethodName)
                   throws IntrospectionException
This constructor takes the name of a simple property, and method names for reading and writing the property.

Parameters:
propertyName - The programmatic name of the property.
beanClass - The Class object for the target bean. For example sun.beans.OurButton.class.
readMethodName - The name of the method used for reading the property value. May be null if the property is write-only.
writeMethodName - The name of the method used for writing the property value. May be null if the property is read-only.
Throws:
IntrospectionException - if an exception occurs during introspection.

PropertyDescriptor

public PropertyDescriptor(String propertyName,
                          Method readMethod,
                          Method writeMethod)
                   throws IntrospectionException
This constructor takes the name of a simple property, and Method objects for reading and writing the property.

Parameters:
propertyName - The programmatic name of the property.
readMethod - The method used for reading the property value. May be null if the property is write-only.
writeMethod - The method used for writing the property value. May be null if the property is read-only.
Throws:
IntrospectionException - if an exception occurs during introspection.
Method Detail

getPropertyType

public Class<?> getPropertyType()
Gets the Class object for the property.

Returns:
The Java type info for the property. Note that the "Class" object may describe a built-in Java type such as "int". The result may be "null" if this is an indexed property that does not support non-indexed access.

This is the type that will be returned by the ReadMethod.


getReadMethod

public Method getReadMethod()
Gets the method that should be used to read the property value.

Returns:
The method that should be used to read the property value. May return null if the property can't be read.

setReadMethod

public void setReadMethod(Method readMethod)
                   throws IntrospectionException
Sets the method that should be used to read the property value.

Parameters:
readMethod - The new read method.
Throws:
IntrospectionException

getWriteMethod

public Method getWriteMethod()
Gets the method that should be used to write the property value.

Returns:
The method that should be used to write the property value. May return null if the property can't be written.

setWriteMethod

public void setWriteMethod(Method writeMethod)
                    throws IntrospectionException
Sets the method that should be used to write the property value.

Parameters:
writeMethod - The new write method.
Throws:
IntrospectionException

isBound

public boolean isBound()
Updates to "bound" properties will cause a "PropertyChange" event to get fired when the property is changed.

Returns:
True if this is a bound property.

setBound

public void setBound(boolean bound)
Updates to "bound" properties will cause a "PropertyChange" event to get fired when the property is changed.

Parameters:
bound - True if this is a bound property.

isConstrained

public boolean isConstrained()
Attempted updates to "Constrained" properties will cause a "VetoableChange" event to get fired when the property is changed.

Returns:
True if this is a constrained property.

setConstrained

public void setConstrained(boolean constrained)
Attempted updates to "Constrained" properties will cause a "VetoableChange" event to get fired when the property is changed.

Parameters:
constrained - True if this is a constrained property.

setPropertyEditorClass

public void setPropertyEditorClass(Class<?> propertyEditorClass)
Normally PropertyEditors will be found using the PropertyEditorManager. However if for some reason you want to associate a particular PropertyEditor with a given property, then you can do it with this method.

Parameters:
propertyEditorClass - The Class for the desired PropertyEditor.

getPropertyEditorClass

public Class<?> getPropertyEditorClass()
Gets any explicit PropertyEditor Class that has been registered for this property.

Returns:
Any explicit PropertyEditor Class that has been registered for this property. Normally this will return "null", indicating that no special editor has been registered, so the PropertyEditorManager should be used to locate a suitable PropertyEditor.

createPropertyEditor

public PropertyEditor createPropertyEditor(Object bean)
Constructs an instance of a property editor using the current property editor class.

If the property editor class has a public constructor that takes an Object argument then it will be invoked using the bean parameter as the argument. Otherwise, the default constructor will be invoked.

Parameters:
bean - the source object
Returns:
a property editor instance or null if a property editor has not been defined or cannot be created
Since:
1.5

equals

public boolean equals(Object obj)
Compares this PropertyDescriptor against the specified object. Returns true if the objects are the same. Two PropertyDescriptors are the same if the read, write, property types, property editor and flags are equivalent.

Overrides:
equals in class Object
Parameters:
obj - the reference object with which to compare.
Returns:
true if this object is the same as the obj argument; false otherwise.
Since:
1.4
See Also:
Object.hashCode(), Hashtable

hashCode

public int hashCode()
Returns a hash code value for the object. See Object.hashCode() for a complete description.

Overrides:
hashCode in class Object
Returns:
a hash code value for this object.
Since:
1.5
See Also:
Object.equals(java.lang.Object), Hashtable

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