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Vaadin on Grails - Database access

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Versions used in this tutorial: Grails 2.3.x, Vaadin 7.1.x. News and updates about Vaadin on Grails are available on VaadinOnGrails. This is continuation of Vaadin on Grails - Create project in IntelliJ IDEA

We are going to create persistence a domain class that is automatically mapped into a database through Hibernate. GORM from Grails framework will do most of the automatic stuff there.

Create persistent layer #

  1. Right click on the domain folder and select Create Domain
  2. Fill in the full class name. If we put there only
    then the package name will be automatically added based on the name of the project.
  3. Add some fields to the Author domain class. Without fields, it is not considered as a domain object and therefore it is not mapped to the database. Each field represents a database table column.

class Author {

String name

static constraints = { } } }}}

Service layer #

  1. Create a new service in the same way as the domain object.
  2. Create
    method that returns list of authors from the database.

import grails.transaction.Transactional

@Transactional class AuthorService {

List<Author> getAuthors() { return Author.list() } } }}}

Data for development in application bootstrap #

When the application starts, we want to create few authors in the database. So we get some initial data for easy development. Open

and save few authors into the database.

The code will be executed only in development environment. That means no database records will be created when running application on test, production or any other environment.

import grails.util.Environment

class BootStrap {

def init = { servletContext -> if (Environment.current == Environment.DEVELOPMENT) { Author raymond = new Author(name: 'Raymond') true)

Author pug = new Author(name: 'Pug') true) } } def destroy = { } } }}}

Using service in Vaadin code #

Now we are ready to get bean of

in Vaadin code and get the list of authors from the database. Open
and put there the following code.

package app

import import import com.vaadin.ui.UI import com.vaadin.ui.VerticalLayout import com.vaadin.server.VaadinRequest import com.vaadin.ui.Label import com.vaadin.grails.Grails

class MyUI extends UI {

@Override protected void init(VaadinRequest request) {

VerticalLayout layout = new VerticalLayout() layout.setMargin(true) AuthorService authorService = Grails.get(AuthorService)

List<Author> authors = authorService.getAuthors()

for (Author author : authors) { Label label = new Label( layout.addComponent(label) }

setContent(layout) } } }}}

Run the application and see the results fetched from the database. We have created domain object

which is mapped to automatically created database table. Then we have created
that we have got from Spring application context. We have loaded authors from the database and displayed them in Vaadin application as labels.

Database connection #

As we have covered big part of normal work when developing an application, created the persistance layer, maybe next questions are coming. Where are the data stored? What database is used and how to change it?

Grails is using H2 in memory database by default and you can change it to any other database that is supported by Hibernate. In order to update database connection setup, open

. Just add there the proper parameters and add the dependency to, for example, MySql driver in

You can continue with Vaadin on Grails - Localization

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Thank you very much for your article!

I want to ask about binding to Combo or Table control. I try to bind it

List<Author> authors = authorService.getAuthors()
BeanContainter<String, Author> container = new BeanContainter<String, Author>(Author.class)
Table table = new Table("Table", container);

As the result I get "No Hibernate session bound to thread"

Any hints!

Thanks in advance!
Posted on 2/18/14 6:29 AM.
Hi Anatoly,

Did you find out where the problem was coming from?
I got the same problem by doing
form.itemDataSource= new BeanItem(newItem)
Posted on 6/20/14 9:25 AM.
I had the problem with exception No Hibernate session bound to thread.

Solved it by either commenting out @Transactional at class level in Author.groovy.

(I think adding @Transactional to the getAuthors method would also work).

More info here,
Posted on 11/8/15 1:36 PM.