XPages Jakarta EE support libraries
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XPages Jakarta EE Support

This project adds partial support for several Java/Jakarta EE technologies to XPages applications. Of the list of technologies included in the full JEE 8 spec, this project currently provides:

  • Expression Language 3.0
  • Context and Dependency Injection for Java 2.0
    • Common Annotations for the Java Platform 1.3
    • Interceptors 1.2
    • Dependency Injection for Java 1.0
  • Java API for RESTful Web Services (JAX-RS) 2.1

CDI 2.0

The Context and Dependency Injection for Java EE (CDI) 2.0 specification provides for managed beans and dependency injection. To use this feature, add the "org.openntf.xsp.cdi" library to your XPages app.

Currently, this support is focused around adding annotated CDI managed bean classes in an NSF and having them picked up by the variable resolver. For example:

public class ApplicationGuy {
  public void getFoo() {
    return "hello";
<xp:text value="#{applicationGuy.foo}"/>

These beans are managed and instantiated by Weld and support injection with other annotated beans:

public class RequestGuy {
	@Inject private ApplicationGuy applicationGuy;
	// Or with a name:
	@Inject @Named("applicationGuy") private ApplicationGuy applicationGuy;
	// ...

Additionally, the CDI system can inject implementations of interfaces based on available concrete implementations, as well as use @PostConstruct and @PreDestroy annotations:

public class RequestGuy extends AbstractBean {
	static interface AppModel {

	static class SomeModelClass implements AppModel {
	@Inject AppModel model; // Will be a new instance of SomeModelClass each request
	public void postConstruct() { System.out.println("Created with " + model); }
	public void preDestroy() { System.out.println("Destroying!"); }

Conversation Scope

This implementation maps CDI @ConversationScoped beans to the XPages view scope. This isn't necessarily a direct analogue, but it's close enough.


Currently, the CDI environment for the application acts as if there is a META-INF/beans.xml file with bean-discovery-mode="all" set, but only resolves within the active NSF. So, while NSF beans and classes can reference each other, plugin and system classes are not available for CDI injection.

Expression Language 3.0

The Expression Language 3.0 spec is the evolved version of the original Expression Language as used in XPages. It contains numerous improvements over its predecessors, such as method parameters and lambda expressions. To use this feature, add the "org.openntf.xsp.el3" library to your XPages app.

When the library is enabled, the EL 3 processor takes over for all normal expression language bindings and so can be used without a prefix in some cases:

<xp:text value="${someBean.calculateFoo('some arg')}"/>

Note that Designer attempts to validate the syntax of runtime EL bindings; to work around this, add an "el:" prefix to the binding. This will leave a warning in Designer, but it will work:

<xp:text value="#{el:someBean.hello()}"/>

JAX-RS 2.1

The JAX-RS specification is the standard way to provide web services in Java EE applications. A version of it has been included for a long time in Domino by way of the Extension Library. However, this version is also out of date, with Apache Wink implementing JAX-RS 1.1.1.

This library is based on the work of Martin Pradny and provides JAX-RS 2.1 support by way of RESTEasy 3.5.1 for classes inside the NSF. When a class is or has a method annotated with @Path, it is included as a service beneath /xsp/.jaxrs inside the NSF. For example:

package servlet;

import javax.inject.Inject;
import javax.ws.rs.GET;
import javax.ws.rs.Path;
import javax.ws.rs.core.MediaType;
import javax.ws.rs.core.Response;

import beans.ApplicationGuy;

public class Sample {
  @Inject private ApplicationGuy applicationGuy;
	public Response hello() {
		try {
			return Response.ok()
		} catch(Throwable t) {
			return Response.serverError().build();

As intimated there, it has access to the CDI environment if enabled, though it doesn't yet have proper lifecycle support for ConversationScoped beans.


  • Domino FP8+
  • Designer FP10+ (for compiling the NSF)


To build this application, first package the osgi-deps Maven project, which will provide the target platform dependencies used by the eclipse Maven tree.


The code in the project is licensed under the Apache License 2.0. The dependencies in the binary distribution are licensed under compatible licenses - see NOTICE for details.