[ACCEPTED]-BeanUtils.copyProperties missing deeply nested variables?-apache-commons-beanutils

Accepted answer
Score: 13

From the Javadocs:

Note that this method is intended 3 to perform a "shallow copy" of 2 the properties and so complex properties 1 (for example, nested ones) will not be copied.

Score: 3

Here's how I handle this with Spring. Might 4 be of some help. My method is a copy of 3 Spring's shallowCopyFieldState but allows 2 the use of a field filter. Ignores statics 1 and finals.

My method

public static void shallowCopyFieldState(final Object src, final Object dest, final FieldFilter filter)
        throws IllegalArgumentException {
    if (src == null) {
        throw new IllegalArgumentException("Source for field copy cannot be null");
    }
    if (dest == null) {
        throw new IllegalArgumentException("Destination for field copy cannot be null");
    }
    if (!src.getClass().isAssignableFrom(dest.getClass())) {
        throw new IllegalArgumentException("Destination class [" + dest.getClass().getName()
                + "] must be same or subclass as source class [" + src.getClass().getName() + "]");
    }
    org.springframework.util.ReflectionUtils.doWithFields(src.getClass(),
            new org.springframework.util.ReflectionUtils.FieldCallback() {
                public void doWith(final Field field) throws IllegalArgumentException, IllegalAccessException {
                    org.springframework.util.ReflectionUtils.makeAccessible(field);
                    final Object srcValue = field.get(src);
                    field.set(dest, srcValue);
                }
            }, filter);
}

Spring's doWithFields:

/**
 * Invoke the given callback on all fields in the target class,
 * going up the class hierarchy to get all declared fields.
 * @param targetClass the target class to analyze
 * @param fc the callback to invoke for each field
 * @param ff the filter that determines the fields to apply the callback to
 */
public static void doWithFields(Class targetClass, FieldCallback fc, FieldFilter ff)
        throws IllegalArgumentException {

    // Keep backing up the inheritance hierarchy.
    do {
        // Copy each field declared on this class unless it's static or file.
        Field[] fields = targetClass.getDeclaredFields();
        for (int i = 0; i < fields.length; i++) {
            // Skip static and final fields.
            if (ff != null && !ff.matches(fields[i])) {
                continue;
            }
            try {
                fc.doWith(fields[i]);
            }
            catch (IllegalAccessException ex) {
                throw new IllegalStateException(
                        "Shouldn't be illegal to access field '" + fields[i].getName() + "': " + ex);
            }
        }
        targetClass = targetClass.getSuperclass();
    }
    while (targetClass != null && targetClass != Object.class);
}

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