• 0.22.6

JSR-303 Annotations with AspectJ

First, configure your pom.xml as explained here.

Then, include JSR-303 API and one of its reference implementations (for example, Hibernate Validator or Apache BVal):

<dependency>
  <groupId>javax.validation</groupId>
  <artifactId>validation-api</artifactId>
  <version>1.1.0.CR3</version>
  <scope>provided</scope>
</dependency>
<dependency>
  <groupId>org.apache.bval</groupId>
  <artifactId>bval-jsr303</artifactId>
  <version>0.4</version>
  <scope>runtime</scope>
</dependency>

Next, annotate method arguments:

import javax.validation.constraints.NotNull;
public class Foo {
  public void doSomething(@NotNull String name) {
    // ...
  }
}

That's it. Every time you call Foo.doSomething() with NULL a ConstraintViolationException will be thrown.

Since 0.7.11 you can also annotate methods with @NotNull in order to validate their output (an exception will be thrown if null is returned by the method):

public class Foo {
  @NotNull
  public Data get() {
    // ...
  }
}

Since 0.7.13 you can also annotate methods with @Valid in order to validate their output:

public class Foo {
  @Valid
  public Data get() {
    // ...
  }
}

And now a bit more complex example. Suppose you have a custom class Bar that should be able to validate itself:

import java.lang.annotation.Documented;
import java.lang.annotation.ElementType;
import java.lang.annotation.Retention;
import java.lang.annotation.RetentionPolicy;
import java.lang.annotation.Target;
import javax.validation.Constraint;
import javax.validation.ConstraintValidator;
import javax.validation.ConstraintValidatorContext;
import javax.validation.Payload;

@Bar.Valid
public class Bar {
  @Target(ElementType.TYPE)
  @Retention(RetentionPolicy.RUNTIME)
  @Constraint(validatedBy = Bar.Validator.class)
  @Documented
  public @interface Valid {
      String message() default "invalid Bar";
      Class<?>[] groups() default {};
      Class<? extends Payload>[] payload() default {};
  }
  class Validator implements ConstraintValidator<Bar.Valid, Bar> {
    @Override
    public void initialize(Bar.Valid annotation) {}
    @Override
    public boolean isValid(Bar bar, ConstraintValidatorContext ctx) {
      if (!bar.name().matches("\\d+")) {
        ctx.buildConstraintViolationWithTemplate(
          String.format("invalid name %s", bar.name())
        ).addPropertyNode("name").addConstraintViolation();
        return false;
      }
      return true;
    }
  }
  public String name() {
    // return name of the object
  }
}

Now objects of class Bar can be validated every time they are used:

import javax.validation.Valid;
public class Foo {
  public void doSomethingElse(@Valid Bar bar) {
    // ...
  }
}

Every time method Foo.doSomethingElse() is called bar will be validated with Bar.Validator.

At the moment we support only @NotNull, @Pattern, and @Valid annotations. Mostly because method level validation is not supported in JSR-303 1.0.