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Super Template

Extension of PolymerTemplate that passes some properties from template file to the Java code





This is an extension of Vaadin 14.X PolymerTemplate class. It enables server-side access to properties defined in the template file, which is normally not possible. It also attempts to solve a few general issues with templates.


SuperTemplate is most likely not production ready. Due to complexity of Vaadin Flow it will most likely never be production ready.

Here are the limitations:

  • it only works for fields that are annotated in Java with @Id and have an id attribute set in the template file (in Designer terms - components that are linked to the Java companion file);
  • it only supports passing of attributes present in the HTML markup when there is a corresponding setter that accepts String; for example, <my-component attr="value"> will call public void setAttr(String s) - if the method is missing, nothing will happen.


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Simply extend your custom template Java class from SuperTemplate instead of PolymerTemplate.

Vaadin Designer

This only works with Vaadin Designer version 4.4.2 and above (released 25th of March, 2020).

Locate your .vaadin/designer/project-settings.json file. Add the following property:

  "--design.companion.basetype": "org.vaadin.miki.supertemplate.SuperTemplate<{{ClassName}}.{{ClassName}}Model>"

More information:

How it works

The constructor of SuperTemplate delegates the magic of initialising the fields to TemplateProcessor passed as a constructor argument. Unless specified, SimpleTemplateProcessor will be used.

Please consult the file SuperTemplateTest and corresponding TestView and VaadinView to get a glimpse of how things work.


In general, the processor receives a template object of type PolymerTemplate. Then:

  • it reads the template root - the HTML that corresponds to the template - from the proper .js file;
  • it goes through all fields annotated with @Id declared in the template class.

For each field:

  • it fetches the value of the field (by using reflection and setAccessible to go around private) - the constructor of PolymerTemplate creates an empty, default object of the correct type;
  • it locates the corresponding HTML element inside the template root;
  • it goes through each attribute of that element;
  • it applies any extra configuration (see the next section).

For each attribute:

  • it locates a public setter with a matching name (for attribute foo it will be setFoo) and exactly one parameter of type String, found in the class of the value (so if the field is of type TextField, it will look in TextField.class)
  • it calls that setter, passing the String found in the attribute.

Default behaviour

Unless changed, after setting each field according to its attributes, the object will go through extra configuration. This is defined by TemplateFieldConfigurator and by default those are available:

  • if the value implements HasText, its setText method will be called with the text found in the element;
  • if the value is an Icon, its server-side Icon will be changed to reflect the one specified in the element;
  • if the value is a Button and the element has an icon, the icon will be set on the server side;
  • if the value is a Grid and it is declared in the file as Grid<BeanType>, the field will be configured as if new Grid<>(BeanType.class) was called; in addition columns can be added (see below).

The default configurators can be skipped by:

  • passing a false flag to the SuperTemplate constructor - for that particular template only;
  • calling TemplateFieldConfigurators.DEFAULT_CONFIGURATORS.clear() - for all templates (does not apply retroactively to templates that were created before executing that code).

Adding columns to Grid<MyBean>

Under certain conditions columns can be specified in the design. First of all, the Grid must be typed in Java (so @Id("id-of-grid") private Grid<MyBean> grid). Then:

  • (recommended) columns from data-columns attribute on vaadin-grid, if that attribute is present; the list should be space-separated list of properties, and for each property server-side object will use addColumn(propertyName)
  • (experimental) columns from vaadin-grid-column are taken if they have an attribute data-column; again, server-side object will use addcolumn(name)

Feel free to file an issue if there are problems with either of the approaches.

Extending default behaviour

For all templates

Unless changed, TemplateProcessor will receive all TemplateFieldConfigurators present in TemplateFieldConfigurators.DEFAULT_CONFIGURATORS. That list is modifiable, so whatever gets added or removed will affect all templates created afterwards.

For current template class

The constructor of SuperTemplate accepts a varargs parameter of TemplateFieldConfigurators. Those will be added in addition to the default ones, but only for that template.


Feel free to create issues or PRs for missing functionality.


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Release 0.2.1 - it is now somewhat possible to specify columns in a Grid

Apache License 2.0


Vaadin 14