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Support for java.util.Optional as a @RequestParam [SPR-11829] #16448

spring-projects-issues opened this issue May 29, 2014 · 1 comment


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Graham Cox opened SPR-11829 and commented

Java 8 adds the new java.util.Optional type to represent values that might or might not have a value. I've just tried using this as a controller parameter that is annotated with @RequestParam and it unfortunately doesn't work.

If the request parameter is missing then the method parameter comes through as null, and if it is present then Spring throws an java.lang.IllegalStateException: Cannot convert value of type [java.lang.String] to required type [java.util.Optional]: no matching editors or conversion strategy found.

It would be very useful if these came through as either Optional.EMPTY or Optional.of(param). I am currently doing this right at the top of my controller methods - essentially I'm wrapping the values in Optional.ofNullable() - but if Spring did this automatically that would be fantastic.

Affects: 4.0.5

Issue Links:

  • INT-3516 Support JDK8 Optional<?> When Binding Messages to Service Methods
  • #16452 Support for java.util.Optional with @Inject (a la @Autowired's required=false)
  • #17245 Support for java.util.Optional as a @RequestPart
  • #17997 Request parameters cannot bind to Optional<List>
  • #19574 Support for java.util.Optional as a @RequestBody

Referenced from: commits 0dc6082

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