[bv-dev] Value extraction - how to obtain the validated type for non-generic wrappers?

Gunnar Morling gunnar at hibernate.org
Thu Mar 23 06:52:59 EDT 2017


I've received some very interesting feedback on the value extraction
proposal from our team working on the Ceylon language.

Ceylon does not only have its own collection framework, but also
custom numeric wrappers, e.g. ceylon.language.Integer. Of course it'd
be desirable to be able to apply existing constraints such as @Min to
these. Instead of creating custom implementations such as
ConstraintValidator<Min, ceylon.language.Integer> we thought value
extractors could be used to enable all the existing constraints and

    public class IntegerValueExtractor implements
                 ValueExtractor<@ExtractedValue ceylon.language.Integer> {

        public void extractValues(
            ceylon.language.Integer originalValue, ValueReceiver receiver) {

            receiver.value( null, originalValue.getValue() );

The problem only is that BV cannot derive the wrapped type
(java.lang.Integer) from the annotated extracted value type
(ceylon.language.Integer) in this case, as it isn't generic.

My question is: should we support this use case? If so, how? One
option I can see is allowing to specify the wrapped type explicitly if
the wrapper is non-generic:

    public class IntegerValueExtractor implements
ceylon.language.Integer> {

type() would have a default value of void.class, so it doesn't have to
be specified if the wrapped type can be derived.

We also could decide to not support, requiring integrators such as
Ceylon to declare their own constraint validators for BV built-in
constraints, but obviously that'd fall short when it comes to
3rd-party custom constraints for basic Java datatypes.



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