Once you start using EL heavily within your UI, eventually you will want to use it/evaluate it back in your EJB’s and Seam/Spring components

There are three steps to evaluating an EL expression.

    //get current EL context
    javax.el.ELContext elContext = javax.faces.context.FacesContext.getCurrentInstance().getELContext();

    //get the expression factory (for seam). You can probably do ExpressionFactory.newInstance() if not using seam .
    javax.el.ExpressionFactory expressionFactory = org.jboss.seam.core.Expressions.instance().getExpressionFactory();

    //Create value expression as the EL I'm evaluating is a value e.g. #{bean.property} . Create MethodExpression if the EL is a method e.g. #{bean.method()}
    javax.el.ValueExpression valueExpression = expressionFactory.createValueExpression(elContext, elExpressionYouAreEvaluating, WhateverYouAreExpecting.class);

    // get value and dont' forget to cast.
    whateverYouAreExpecting = (WhateverYouAreExpecting) valueExpression.getValue(elContext);

Yup.. that’s how convulted this is . It should more be like below

    //NOTE: imaginary code
    Object value = ExpressionFactory.getValue("#{bean.property}");

That’s what these guys are asking as well..

Kishore Chintoju

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