Spring SpEL - Methods


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SpEL expression supports accessing methods of an object.

Following example shows the various use cases.

Example

Let's update the project created in Spring SpEL - Create Project chapter. We're adding/updating following files −

  • Employee.java − Employee class.

  • MainApp.java − Main application to run and test.

Here is the content of Employee.java file −

package com.tutorialspoint;

public class Employee {
   private List<String> awards;
   public List<String> getAwards() {
      return awards;
   }
   public void setAwards(List<String> awards) {
      this.awards = awards;
   }
   public boolean isAwardee() {
      return awards != null && awards.size() > 0;
   }
}

Here is the content of MainApp.java file −

package com.tutorialspoint;

import java.text.ParseException;
import java.util.Arrays;
import org.springframework.expression.EvaluationContext;
import org.springframework.expression.ExpressionParser;
import org.springframework.expression.spel.standard.SpelExpressionParser;
import org.springframework.expression.spel.support.StandardEvaluationContext;

public class MainApp {
   public static void main(String[] args) throws ParseException {
      ExpressionParser parser = new SpelExpressionParser();
      Employee employee = new Employee();
      employee.setAwards(Arrays.asList("Star of the Month", "Champion", "Accelerator"));
      EvaluationContext employeeContext = new StandardEvaluationContext(employee);

      // string literal, evaluates to "t"
      String t = parser.parseExpression("'Tutorials'.substring(2, 3)").getValue(String.class);
      System.out.println(t);

      // evaluates to true
      boolean isAwardee = parser.parseExpression("isAwardee()").getValue(employeeContext, Boolean.class);
      System.out.println(isAwardee);
   }
}

Output

t
true
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