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Wednesday 23 July 2014

Search on (Filtering) child nodes of af:treeTable using viewCriteria in Oracle ADF (11g,12c)

Hello all
this post is about filtering treeTable on basis of child nodes in Oracle ADF
in this tutorial i have used Departments and Employees table of HR schema to create treeTable
see how to create treeTable-

treeTable look like this-

now next is to search on Employee Names

  • i have dropped a input text for search string and a button to search on page , here i am searching on first name of employees 

  • now created a view Criteria in Employee viewObject to search on first name

  • This viewCriteria doesn't work directly on Employee viewObject, to search in treeTable we have to override createViewLinkAccessorRS method in Departments (master vo) VOImpl class, and in this method we have to call Employees ViewCriteria explicitly , this will filter Employee Vo Rowset as per bind-variable value when a node is disclosed at runtime

  •     /**
         * @param associationDefImpl
         * @param viewObjectImpl
         * @param row
         * @param object
         * @return
        protected ViewRowSetImpl createViewLinkAccessorRS(AssociationDefImpl associationDefImpl,
                                                          ViewObjectImpl viewObjectImpl, Row row, Object[] object) {
            ViewRowSetImpl viewRowSetImpl = super.createViewLinkAccessorRS(associationDefImpl, viewObjectImpl, row, object);
            String firstName = getFirstNm();
            ViewCriteriaManager vcm = viewObjectImpl.getViewCriteriaManager();
            ViewCriteria vc = vcm.getViewCriteria("EmployeesVOCriteria");
            VariableValueManager vvm = vc.ensureVariableManager();
            vvm.setVariableValue("BindFirstNm", firstName);
            return viewRowSetImpl;
            // return super.createViewLinkAccessorRS(associationDefImpl, viewObjectImpl, row, object);

  • to pass bind-variable value i have created a variable and it's accessors in VoImpl and exposed set method to client that is further used by managed bean

  •     private String firstNm;
        public void setFirstNm(String firstNm) {
            this.firstNm = firstNm;
        public String getFirstNm() {
            return firstNm;

  • now this setter method is called in managed bean search button action to set bind variable value

  •     /**Method to search in treeTable childs
         * @param actionEvent
        public void searchAction(ActionEvent actionEvent) {
            if (firstNmBind.getValue() != null) {
                OperationBinding ob = executeOperation("setFirstNm");
                // firstNmBind is binding of inputText
                ob.getParamsMap().put("firstNm", firstNmBind.getValue().toString());
                /* Method Expand treeTable after Search see- 

  • Run your application and see-
    Cheers- Happy Learning
    Download Sample ADF Application


  1. Hi Ashish, I tried implementing this in Master - Detail Tables. and the said method never get invoked. my VOs are readonly based on SQL Query. Can you please help with pointers

    1. Have you checked attached sample application ?