Working with af:iterator and af:forEach programmatically (Populate values using POJO from Managed Bean)

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This is another post about Working programmatically with ADF (populating af:iterator and af:forEach programmatically )

Previously i have posted about populating af:iterator and af:forEach using ADF BC and binding layer to show master-detail relation
Implementing master/detail tree relation using ADF Iterator and af:forEach for better UI designs – Oracle ADF

For this post i am populating employee name and it’s department name using List datastructure ,to get and set value of attributes

Created a java bean class , it has 2 variable for both attributes

public class EmployeeDet {
    public EmployeeDet(String name, String deptName) { = name;
        this.deptName = deptName;
    //Attribute to display EmployeeName and Department Name
    private String name;
    private String deptName;

public void setName(String name) { = name;

public String getName() {
return name;

public void setDeptName(String deptName) {
this.deptName = deptName;

public String getDeptName() {
return deptName;

Next step is to create a managed bean to populate data in af:iterator and af:forEach , this managed bean makes use of


java bean class to add data in same format for all items of iterator and forEach. A List data structure is used to pass all values to iterator. See code of managed bean

    //Constructor-populate default records
    public PopulateIteratorBean() {

EmployeeDet obj = new EmployeeDet(“Ashish Awasthi”, “Oracle ADF”);
obj = new EmployeeDet(“Alex Smith”, “Java”);
obj = new EmployeeDet(“James S”, “PHP”);
//ArrayList to poplate data in af:iterator and af:forEach
private List<EmployeeDet> employeeDetail = new ArrayList();

public void setEmployeeDetail(List<EmployeeDet> employeeDetail) {
this.employeeDetail = employeeDetail;

public List<EmployeeDet> getEmployeeDetail() {

return employeeDetail;

Now drop af:iterator on page and set it’s properties like value, var etc

using var reference of iterator , set value in output text to show Employee Name and DepartmentName , see XML source of af:iterator

<af:panelGroupLayout id="pgl1" layout="horizontal">
                        <af:iterator id="i1" value="#{viewScope.PopulateIteratorBean.employeeDetail}" var="item">
                            <af:panelBox id="pb2" showDisclosure="false">
                                <f:facet name="toolbar"/>
                                <af:panelGroupLayout id="pgl3" layout="horizontal">
                                    <af:outputText value="#{}" id="ot1"
                                                   inlineStyle="font-weight:bold; font-size:medium; color:#0572ce;;"/>
                                    <af:spacer width="2" height="0" id="s1"/>
                                    <af:outputText value="(#{item.deptName})" id="ot2"

on running it looks like this-


do same for af:forEach

<af:panelGroupLayout id="pgl2" layout="horizontal">
                        <af:forEach items="#{viewScope.PopulateIteratorBean.employeeDetail}" var="feach">
                            <af:showDetailHeader text="#{feach.deptName}" disclosed="true" id="sdh1">
                                <af:outputText value="#{}" id="ot3"
                                               inlineStyle="font-weight:bold; font-size:medium; color:#0572ce;;"/>

on running it looks like this-

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Thanks, Happy Learning 🙂

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0 thoughts on “Working with af:iterator and af:forEach programmatically (Populate values using POJO from Managed Bean)”

  1. Hi,
    nice post, and nice blog. I have a question, what if i want to let data flow on second line, then third line….etc, like the view in merchandising websites. I am stuck in this, so your answer will help me a lot.

  2. Hi,
    Thanks very much for publishing this! Would you know if and can not be used within ? I've tried both using ADF, and neither seems to work.

    I appreciate any help you offer.

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