Java EE 7 with NetBeans and Vaadin

I just finished watching the above titled youtube video with Matti and Geertjan, which I thoroughly enjoyed, but I have been left with an unanswered question that I just can’t seem to find a solution to. I have basically recreated the steps that Matti took to build a Vaadin application by adding entity classes from a database, and creating session beans for those entity classes.
In the view where I would like to present the data, I have injected the facade where the data should be available from, and I notice that all of the code that Matti adds to display the data is added to a function called initComponent(), which is annotated with the @PostConstruct annotation (which makes perfect sense), however, I can’t seem to find where the initComponent function gets called from. It doesn’t seem to be an overridden method. If I try to call it explicitly from the enter() method of the class (overridden from the View), I get the dreaded NPE for the injected facade.
I must be missing something very basic. I’m deploying to glassfish servers (version 3.2 and 4.0 - works on neither).

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package com.lamtec.vaadintest;

import com.lamtec.vaadintest.entity.Arcust;
import com.lamtec.vaadintest.entity.ejb.ArcustFacade;
import com.vaadin.cdi.CDIView;
import com.vaadin.navigator.View;
import com.vaadin.navigator.ViewChangeListener;
import com.vaadin.ui.Label;
import com.vaadin.ui.Notification;
import java.util.List;
import javax.annotation.PostConstruct;
import javax.inject.Inject;
import org.vaadin.maddon.fields.MTable;
import org.vaadin.maddon.layouts.MVerticalLayout;

 * @author penrosekevin
public class ArcustTableView extends MVerticalLayout implements View {
    private static final long serialVersionUID = 1L;

    ArcustFacade af;

    public ArcustTableView() {
        addComponent(new Label("Arcust"));

    public void initComponent() {
        List<Arcust> findAll = af.findAll();
        MTable<Arcust> mtable = new MTable<>(Arcust.class);

    public void enter(ViewChangeListener.ViewChangeEvent event) {"In ArcustTableView");
//        initComponent();


Any help is appreciated.


CDI will call the @PostConstruct annotated method automatically. If this doesn’t happen, the “injection chain” must be somehow broken.

Will you show your UI class/whole project as well? Also note that you shouldn’t need any servlets or web.xml files at all. Then things should just happen “magically”.