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Kotlin Properties and the Vaadin 8 Beanbinder [Code Snippet]

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Kotlin Properties and the Vaadin 8 Beanbinder [Code Snippet]

The Vaadin 8 beta is taking some lessons from Java 8's implementation of lambda expressions. But whereas Java doesn't recognize properties, Kotlin can help bind beans.

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Vaadin 8 (currently in beta) comes with a whole new DataBinding API that makes heavy use of Java 8 lambda features. 

Unfortunately, Java has no concept of a Property, so one of the new ways to bind a Bean Property is writing something like ( taken from the documentation):


binder.bind(nameField, Person::getName, Person::setName);


Since Kotlin has a concept for a property, you may want to write something like:

binder.forField(nameField)
        .bind(Person::name)


That's possible with an extension method for the Vaadin Binder that could probably look like this:

fun <BEAN, T> Binder.BindingBuilder<BEAN, T>.bind(prop: KMutableProperty<T>) {
    this.bind(
            ValueProvider { bean: BEAN -> prop.getter.call(bean) },
            Setter { bean: BEAN, v: T -> prop.setter.call(bean, v) })
}


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Topics:
java ,kotlin ,vaadin ,beanbinder

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