Thanks, Emmanuel

Here is a use case right off from my current work. My system is monitoring a set of devices. A device is modeled as a class named AuthorizedDevice. This class has many attributes. One of them is 'model' which can be any value from a set of valid values: SD, TRANSNET, X710... An AuthorizedDevice also has an attribute called 'role' which can be either REMOTE or ACCESSPOINT. Based on the value set for 'model' & 'role', we either do or relax specific constraints on some attributes. For example: if an AuthorizedDevice has its 'role' set to ACCESSPOINT, we require certain attributes must not be blank. While an AuthorizedDevice has its 'role' set to REMOTE, we relax certain constraints.

I've tried to use grouping feature of Bean Validation but it doesn't seem to help in achieving the my goal. I agree we can always write custom constraints but that means I can't reuse the built-in validation constraints from the framework (not even in the case of writing a constraint composition). And certainly, I would not want to write a custom constraints for checking NotBlank. @ScriptAssert is no better than writing your own custom constraint.

On Thu, Jun 6, 2013 at 1:55 PM, Emmanuel Bernard <> wrote:

You will have to dive into more concrete use cases. We did not add such a feature so far for a few reasons:

- groups are offering a way to validate specific subset of constraints and solve a good chunk of non static use cases as you put it.
- you can write a custom constraint (property or class level) to achieve this. That's a bit less reusable but is more readable and could be done in a more type safe way (than an EL)
- you can use constraints like Hibernate Validator's @ScriptAssert that let's you write a free Groovy, EL, etc expression and be validated.


On 6 juin 2013, at 19:19, Thang Le <> wrote:

> Hi all,
> Validation constraints defined in Bean Validation 1.1 are mostly written and assigned in static manner. This limits us to reuse the existing constraints in value-driven manner. Could we add a new attribute 'executeCondition' to the constrain definition? 'executeCondition' would take an EL expression. A bean validation framework would need to evaluate the expression set in this attribute. The corresponding constraint logic only gets executed when the expression set for 'executeCondition' is satisfied at runtime.
> Let me know your thoughts on this suggestion.
> Thanks,
> Thang
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