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Dynamic for with Spring MVC using a HashMap

Sometime you need to dynamically generate a form without knowing how many fields it will be required (i.e. when your form is driven by a configuration or by some properties). The problem is to draw the form and, return the values to the Controller, and recognize the couples Field name / Field value after the submit..

You can easily get solve this problem just adding HashMap which will hold the key-value pair data to the DataModel.

Supposing your configuration says: you have to draw two fields and these are the name, you UI will be something like*:

<c:forEach items="${newRequest.fields}" var="field">
	<f:input type="text" path="rawFields['${field.field_id}']" class="form-control validate[groupRequired[mandatoryField]]" /> (R)

When you submit the form, the values and the key for the dynamic fields will be filled.

* newRequest is the DataModel you are passing and fields is the list of Fields that user will fill with data, like that:

public class Request {
	/** Request type */
	private int templateRequest;
	// ***** Input field ***** 
	List<RequestField> fields = new ArrayList<RequestField>();
	private HashMap<String, Object> rawFields = new HashMap<String, Object>();
	[Setters and getters]

JSP Error : Attribute qualified names must be unique within an element

Today I updated an old Spring MVC application to Apache Tomcat 7 and some other newer jars and, when I started it, I get this error:

SEVERE: Servlet.service() for servlet [mvc-dispatcher] in context with path [/CG] threw exception [/WEB-INF/view/main.jsp (line: 2, column: 0) /WEB-INF/view/include.jsp (line: 3, column: 75) Attribute qualified names must be unique within an element] with root cause
org.apache.jasper.JasperException: /WEB-INF/view/main.jsp (line: 2, column: 0) /WEB-INF/view/include.jsp (line: 3, column: 75) Attribute qualified names must be unique within an element

After some search i find out that using single attribute multiple time in a single tag throw this error(it works with no problem in previous version!!!)

<%@ taglib prefix="fmt" uri="" prefix="fmt" %>

I removed the duplicated “prefix” tag and everything worked fine! (…ehm… everything? Of course not… but this exception has been fixed)

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