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Table Of Contents Defining the Properties for Indexing

The BeanMappingFeedablePopulator class has two properties that you can use for customizing the mapping between content bean properties and Feedable.

  • beanPropertiesByClass

  • beanMappings

beanMappings offers more powerful options. You can, for example, add a property converter implementation that maps to a specific type.

Using beanPropertiesByClass

This configuration provides a simple way for bean properties which are mapped to feedable elements with the same name. The values of these bean properties are written to an index field with the same name, if it exists. Furthermore, the bean property values will always be appended to the textbody index field.

In more detail, the property beanPropertiesByClass of the BeanMappingFeedablePopulator takes a java.util.Map object, which maps bean classes to comma-separated strings of their indexed bean properties. This map is available in the Spring application context under the name caeFeederBeanPropertiesByClass and can be customized.

The following example defines the mapping for content beans of classes com.coremedia.example.contentbeans.Text and com.coremedia.example.contentbeans.Download. For content beans of class Text and subclasses, the Java bean properties headline and text map to elements of the feedable. When constructing a feedable the BeanMappingFeedablePopulator calls the property methods getHeadline and getText of class Text to retrieve the values for these elements.

<customize:append id="caeFeederBeanPropertiesByClassCustomizer"
    <entry key="com.coremedia.example.contentbeans.Text"
    <entry key="com.coremedia.example.contentbeans.Download"
Using beanMappings

A more powerful configuration is available with the property beanMappings of the BeanMappingFeedablePopulator. The new options are:

  • Define to which search field a content bean property is mapped

  • Define that a content bean property should not be mapped to the textBody field of Solr

  • Define your own property converter

  • Define a default value when a property returns null

  • Adding parameters to a feedable

The property beanMappings takes a list of mappings where each mapping applies to one bean class. You can customize this list of mappings as shown below. A mapping for a single bean class is represented by a com.coremedia.cap.feeder.bean.BeanFeedableMapping. Each BeanFeedableMapping contains a list of mappings for Java bean properties of the bean class in the property beanPropertyMappings. A mapping for a single Java bean property to an element of the Feedable is represented by a com.coremedia.cap.feeder.bean.BeanPropertyFeedableElementMapping. See Example 5.5, “Example Content Bean to Feedable Mapping” for an example.



A content bean can inherit from or extend other content beans. In this case, you might have different BeanFeedableMapping elements that match for an instance of a content bean. If so, the order of the BeanFeedableMapping elements in the list of mappings is important: The first mapping of a property that matches overwrites all following mappings that match.

Example 5.5, “Example Content Bean to Feedable Mapping” defines a mapping for the superclass of all content beans com.coremedia.objectserver.beans.ContentBean. The bean property content.modificationDate maps to the feedable element named freshness. The default Solr index schema defines an index field with that name, to which the bean property's value is written. The bean property uses the syntax of Spring framework's bean wrapper for nested properties. When constructing a feedable the BeanMappingFeedablePopulator calls the property methods getContent().getModificationDate() of class ContentBean to retrieve the value for the element. Furthermore, the value is not added to the textbody index field.

Keep in mind, that if you define a mapping for freshness for any other content bean class and add it behind this example mapping to the list of mappings, it would be overwritten by our example definition and you would get a warning in the log file. So, avoid this.

<customize:append id="caeFeederBeanMappingsCustomizer"
    <ref local="exampleBeanFeedableMapping"/>

<bean id="exampleBeanFeedableMapping"
  <property name="beanClass"
  <property name="beanPropertyMappings">
      <bean class="com.coremedia.cap.feeder.bean.
        <property name="beanProperty"
        <property name="feedableElement" value="freshness"/>
        <property name="textBody" value="false"/>

Example 5.5. Example Content Bean to Feedable Mapping

See the API documentation for a description of all properties of the classes BeanMappingFeedablePopulator, BeanFeedableMapping and BeanPropertyFeedableElementMapping in package com.coremedia.cap.feeder.bean.

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