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 Post subject: about validation -- Class-level constraints @PassengerCount
PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2012 5:41 am 

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I have read the article below
http://docs.jboss.org/hibernate/validat ... le/#d0e326

2.1.3. Class-level constraints

Last but not least, a constraint can also be placed on class level. When a constraint annotation is placed on this level the class instance itself passed to the ConstraintValidator. Class level constraints are useful if it is necessary to inspect more than a single property of the class to validate it or if a correlation between different state variables has to be evaluated. In Example 2.3, “Class level constraint” we add the property passengers to the class Car. We also add the constraint PassengerCount on the class level. We will later see how we can actually create this custom constraint (see Chapter 3, Creating custom constraints). For now we it is enough to know that PassengerCount will ensure that there cannot be more passengers in a car than there are seats. "

the question is how to implment PassengerCount? . Thanks!

 Post subject: Re: about validation -- Class-level constraints @PassengerCount
PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2012 4:31 am 
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It is just like any custom constraint. I admit the concrete implementation is not in the docs, but it is really not hard:

@Target( { TYPE })
@Constraint(validatedBy = PassengerCountValidator.class)
public @interface PassengerCount {
    String message() default "{foo}";

    Class<?>[] groups() default {};

    Class<? extends Payload>[] payload() default {};


public class PassengerCountValidator implements ConstraintValidator<PassengerCount, Car> {

    public void initialize(PassengerCount constraintAnnotation) {

    public boolean isValid(Car car, ConstraintValidatorContext constraintContext) {
        if (car == null)
            return true;

       return car.getPassengers().size() < 5   


That said, I also created a Jira issue for clearing up the documentation - https://hibernate.onjira.com/browse/HV-604


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