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EP KM Flex UI: Filtering your resources - catch dropdownlist selected value

With great intreset I've read and adapted following blog :EP" target="_blank">">EP KM Flex UI: Filtering your resources.

I've made some adjustments in the file so that instead of a text input field, a dropdownlist is shown.

Method <i>public Component render()</i> has been modified. <i>new DropdownListBox</i> is the most important. A label has been assigned by method <i>label.setLabelFor(filterDropDownList)</i>

	public Component render()
		throws WdfException
		GridLayout masterLayout = new GridLayout();

		DropdownListBox filterDropDownList = new DropdownListBox(WdfEventDispatcher.dispatchableControlID(this, "onSetFilters", "_filterset")); 
		filterDropDownList.addItem("AL", "All");
		filterDropDownList.setTooltip("Approval state");

		Label label = new Label("approval_label");
		label.setText("Select approval state");

		GridLayoutCell cellLabel = new GridLayoutCell(label);
		GridLayoutCell cellDropDown = new GridLayoutCell(filterDropDownList);

		GridLayout filterLayout = new GridLayout();

		filterLayout.addCell(1, 1, cellLabel);
		filterLayout.addCell(1, 2, cellDropDown);

		masterLayout.addComponent(1, 1, filterLayout);
			if(getTypedResourceList() == null)
			masterLayout.addComponent(2, 1, this.getCollectionRenderer().renderAll());    
			return masterLayout;
		catch(Exception e)
			throw new WdfException(e);

Once a selection is made, the selected value needs to be retrieved. This is done in method <i>public WdfEvent onSetFilters(Event event)</i>. Using <i>.getComponentIdForLabel("approval_label");</i> I want to retrieve the ID of the dropdownlist, to use getDataForComponentId(componentIdForLabel); to get the selected value. Unfortunately, this always gives a <b>null pointer exception</b>.

	public WdfEvent onSetFilters(Event event) throws WdfException {
		//obtain string that list should be filtered upon
		//alternative  that should also work this.proxy.getDynamicPage().getPageContext().getDataForComponentId()  

		String componentIdForLabel = this.getControlContext().getParentComponent().getDynPage().getPageContext().getComponentIdForLabel("approval_label");
		log.errorT("Kevin : componentIdForLabel = " + componentIdForLabel);

		AbstractDataType filterString = this.getControlContext().getParentComponent().getDynPage().getPageContext().getDataForComponentId(componentIdForLabel);
		String searchString = filterString.getValueAsString();

		IParameterName paramName = ParametersFactory.getParameterName("FILTERKEY");
		IParameterMap paramMap = ParametersFactory.newParameters();
		IParameterName paramNames[] = {paramName};   
		IParameters parameters = (IParameters) paramMap.getParameters(paramNames);
		//set filter parameters this will be passed into the Resource filter 
		IRendererStatus ris = null;
		try {
			//IRendererStatus object has most of the list details
			ris = ((IRendererStatus) this.proxy.getControlStatus(this.getCollectionRenderer().getID()));
			if(ris != null){
				//filter parameters set 
				//parent collection defined which is the list that will be passed into Resource Filter 
				//this will also invoke an actual filtering
		} catch (WcmException e2) {
		 //filtering complete 
		return null;

Anybody has an idea on how to retrieve the selected value?

Thanks for the help,


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    Posted on Feb 02, 2012 at 09:49 AM

    Hello Kevin,

    Could u please let us know if you solved this problem


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