Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Strange Day - ADF Library Profile Dependency Deployment Problem

Time to time it happens, when we are keep saying - 'strange...', while developing something. It happened to me today, let me share what I was facing and how this 'strange' problem was resolved. My use case was - reusable ADF application packaged into ADF library JAR file and reused from main portal application. However, when accessing from main portal application, constantly it was throwing NullPointer exceptions from ADF Data Control. I managed to reproduce this problem with smaller simple application, NullPointer exception is generated when trying to load table component from ADF library:

Reusable ADF application is just standard ADF 11g application, it contains ADF BC and ADF Task Flows:

There is dependency set between ViewController and Model project:

Portal application is also standard ADF 11g application, it imports ADF library and includes reusable ADF region:

But it would take more closer look and browse through imported libraries, we would notice that reusable ADF library doesn't contain actual model project for our reusable ADF task flow:

Okej, so we are very close to solve the problem now, it means for some reason whole model package just was not included into ADF library. Of course, then we would look into deployment profile for ADF library and would see that Library Dependency section is empty. You must ensure deployment profile dependency is not empty, when deploying to ADF library. Its enough to have set only project dependency, when running application without deploying into ADF library JAR:

If you want to avoid one of those 'strange...' situations, make sure you will set deployment profile dependency from Model project:

Rebuild library, it will include model part now as well:

Data is loaded successfully now, through main portal application:

Download working sample application with reusable ADF library imported into main portal application -


Anonymous said...


I have the same problem but my situation is a little bit different.

In your exemple, you deploy the project "ViewController" from your app "DepartmentsApp" like an ADF Library and this project has a dependency to "DepartmentsModel" project.

In my case, the "ViewController" project that I deploy like an ADF Library has no dependency to a model project. It uses a nested Application Module imported from an other ADF Library. I have a project organization like in your other post :

The problem is, when I import My ADF Library (the library where are my reusable bounded task flows) in my main Application, jdevelopper don't generate "ADF Library Dependencies" library. So I have no link to my Models jar. And so I have the same exception "bc4j not found in the classpath".

If I import directly my Models projects in my main application it works fine but it is not a good solution. Do you know why jdevelopper doesn't generate ADF Library Dependenies?

Thanks for all your posts which help me a lot!

a beginner in ADF strange world.

Anonymous said...

Finally I resolved my problem, removing and readding mi ADF Library from the Ressource Palette 2 or 3 times. It is very strange because jdevelopper generates ADF Library Dependencies sometimes, and sometimes no.

Tis discussion helped me :

Sorry for posting. Have a nice day!

a beginner in ADF strange world.

Faltiska said...

This method of including other projects as "adf library jar file" has a drawback.

Let's say you have a jspx page in the main project that has a region. Let's say the region displays a bounded taskflow consisting in a bunch of jsff files.
If the taskflow and the jsff files are in one of the subprojects, the jsff never get recompiled when changed. Presumably cause they are deployed inside a jar file.

You really have to re-run the whole up to see the changes. Needles to say, for large projects it can be very time consuming.

Do you happen to know a workaround for this problem?

Andrej Baranovskij said...


Its not a problem, its by design :)

You should create simple test page inside JAR project and test from there, if don't want to run whole project.


Faltiska said...


I appreciate the quick reply.
I'm not sure I'd be able to use the workaround you described but it is a good little trick.

The main project is setting up an assortment of data that will be required in the jsff page.

Like the transparent authentication information for Web Services. without tha information being available, the jsff will probably not run...

Anyways, is there a way to include the "build output" of the subproject, instead if in including the "adf library jar file" ?
I tried but I failed...


Andrej Baranovskij said...


Its not workaround, its typical way to go to create Test page in your subproject. Its standard approach to use ADF library JAR file in ADF.

Yes, but if you dont want to use JAR files. You can add Project into Application and define dependency. All classes will be copied then during build process. However I would not recommend this approach, because you will end-up with duplicate classes inside different projects.

Keep in mind, JAR file is only referenced but is not copied - which allows to avoid duplications.


Anonymous said...

Hello - I think this is the same problem that I am experiencing within WebCenter Spaces. I am using the default WebCenterSpacesExtension project that Oracle has created for us to deploy new taskflows. When I create a new ViewController project that contains my taskflow everything works as expected. However, if I add a DataControl to the WebCenterSpacesExtension application and bind a table to my DataControl I recieve a null pointer exception on the DataControl within WebCenter. Have you tried this within the context of webcenter?


Andrej Baranovskij said...


Are you using ADF JAR library? If yes, make sure its packaged inside final EAR you are using to extend WebCenter.


Anonymous said...

Yes, I am deploying my project as an ADF JAR library. Then I am adding this ADF JAR library to my webcenterspaceextenstions deployment jars. I am able to see my new taskflow within webcenter (so I know the ADF Jar Library exists) but the data control isnt coming across..

Caused by: javax.naming.NameNotFoundException; remaining name 'URLConnection1'
at oracle.adf.share.jndi.ContextImpl.findObject(
at oracle.adf.share.jndi.ContextImpl.lookup(
at oracle.adf.share.jndi.ContextImpl.lookup(
at javax.naming.InitialContext.lookup(
at oracle.adfinternal.model.adapter.url.csv.CSVDataControl.invokeOperation(

Andrej Baranovskij said...

Do you ADF Library Dependency generated inside of your project (like here:

If yes, try to add dependent libraries directly and avoid using ADF Library Dependency, it may cause issues in some scenarios.


Anonymous said...


Thanks for the article.

I tried doing in the reusable ADF library(Generic project with webservice proxy datacontrols and ADF task flow) and tried adding in another project following the tutorial but when i add i could see the datacontrols, but randomly they just disappear from the datacontrols view, i could see just the datacontrol name can't see operations or return types.

Please suggest what to do in this scenario.


Anonymous said...

Hi Andrejus,

I have some external jar files in filesystem.I built a new project from ApplicationMenu New Project>Generic Project.

Jars are availble under new project.These jars are xmlparserv2-904 etc for generating reports.

How i import the packages/classes from this project to my Model Layer project as i want to use classes from this project in code editor in some of impl classes ?

If I add them in Model layer in Libraries & Classpath property, its working but I want to know by above way.


Anonymous said...


I have 4 jars in my application.I am trying to integrate my project

I have a tabpannel in my application, and each task flow from one jar goes into one tab as a region.

There will be 2 variables that will set as session variables in my first region ( task flow from jar1).I have set action listener on a command button and sets the values on to a session variable.#{sessionScope.Varname}

I have sql queries in rest of the tabs based on the 2 variables that are set in the tab1 (taskflow in jar1).I used bind variables in sql queries.

I am trying to access the variables I have set in tab 1 like this #{sessionScope.Varname}.

it gives me java.lang.NullPointerException

Need you help.


Higor Fortunato said...


I have an application that has connections.xml with some webservice details connections.
When I deploy this application to a jar and add it to my main application it fails because something uses some data from connections.xml.
An workaround for this is to copy the same connection's data to the main application.

I researched this , but this does not help because it only merges connections.xml into main application and I do not want to have a big connections.xml file.

Please could you help me with this issue?

Unknown said...

Hi Andrejus,
When an application is used as jar in other app, I dont see the logger functioning for the called application.
Is there any setting to be taken care of?