Sunday, April 17, 2016

ADF 12c Custom Property Groovy and AllowUntrustedScriptAccess Annotation

To execute Groovy expression in ADF 12c (to call Java method from Groovy), you must specify trusted mode. Read more about it in my previous post - ADF BC 12c New Feature - Entity-Level Triggers. Setting mode to trusted, works in most of the cases. It doesn't work if we want to execute Groovy expression (calling Java method in ViewRow or Entity class) for custom property. In a case of custom property and Groovy calling custom method, we need to annotate Java class with AllowUntrustedScriptAccess. This makes a trick and Groovy expression can call custom method.

To demonstrate the use case, I was using mandatory property. This is standard property to control if attribute is required or no. By default, mandatory property is static, but we can make it dynamic with Groovy expression. I have implemented a rule, where Salary attribute is required, if value is more than 5000:

Salary is not required, if value is less than 5000. This is just example, you can implement more complex logic:

There is a method in ViewRow class, to calculate required property for Salary attribute:

Method is callable from custom property Groovy expression, as we have set annotation AllowUntrustedScriptAccess for ViewRow class. Annotation definition, must list all allowed methods:

Here you can see Groovy expression, to call ViewRow class method - mandatory. Expression is assigned for custom property, this will be referenced from ADF UI:

There is issue with JDEV 12c, it fails to parse custom properties set with Groovy expressions. It fails to parse and removes custom property from the code. To prevent such behavior, specify empty string for custom property value (this will allow to keep Groovy expression):

Luckily in this case of mandatory check, JDEV by default generates mandatory property for ADF UI component. We simply override its original value with custom property and calculate new value in custom trusted method, referenced by Groovy expression:

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