Apply sorting to POJO based af:table programmatically , Using custom sort listener in ADF

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Again a post about POJO based af:table, previously I have posted about-

1.Populating and adding records in POJO based table
Populate af:table programmatically from managead bean using POJO
2. Getting selected rows from POJO based table
Get selected row (single/multiple) from POJO based table in ADF

This post is about applying sorting to POJO based table when we drop a viewObject as af:table on the page then framework provides sorting and filtering features declaratively, but when populating the table from the managed bean using List(POJO) then it is not there so we have to do it manually

To understand this post completely, go through previous posts and check attached application there
I have used a PersonBean java bean class to contain columns of the table or you can say there is a List of PersonBean type that populates data in af:table. (This is the basic information about application)

Now what to do, see step by step implementation-

    • Select table on page editor and create a sortListener in the managed bean to handle sortEvent



    • Now what we have to do in sort listener?
      1.Get active sort criteria using sortEvent
      2.Remove that sort criteria
      3.Sort List Data Structure that is used to populate af:table
      4.Apply sort criteria again on af:table

      See code written in managed bean-

//List to store sort criteria 

private List<SortCriterion> sortedTableList = new ArrayList<SortCriterion>();

public void setSortedTableList(List<SortCriterion> sortedTableList) {
this.sortedTableList = sortedTableList;

public List<SortCriterion> getSortedTableList() {
return sortedTableList;

/**Custom Sort Listener for POJO based af:table
 * @param sortEvent
public void tableSortListener(SortEvent sortEvent) {
//Get active sortCriteria on table
List<SortCriterion> activeSortCriteria = sortEvent.getSortCriteria();
SortCriterion sc = activeSortCriteria.get(0);
// Remove active criteria from table
//Sort List that populates table using Comparator interface

// Add the current criteria to the list
this.sortedTableList.add(0, sc);
// Apply sort criteria to table
RichTable richTable = (RichTable) sortEvent.getComponent();


/**Removes sort criteria*/
private boolean removeSortCriteria(SortCriterion sortCriterion) {
//Checks that if any sortCirteria is present in list , if yes then remove it
if (sortedTableList != null && sortedTableList.size() > 0) {
for (SortCriterion sc : sortedTableList) {
if (sc.getProperty().equals(sc.getProperty())) {
return true;
return false;

Now logic to apply programmatic sort starts from here, we have to sort List using Java Comparator interface
To Read more – How to sort ArrayList using Comparator?     Comparator interface

    private void applySortAsPerColumn(String criteria) {
        //Get List that populates table
        List<PersonBean> list = getPersonList();
        //Check which column's sorting is triggered from UI
        //and then sort list on basis of that attribute
        //Sorting of collection makes use of Comparator interface, Read about it
        if ("name".equalsIgnoreCase(criteria)) {
            Collections.sort(list, new ProgTableBean.PersName());
        } else if ("mobNo".equalsIgnoreCase(criteria)) {
            Collections.sort(list, new ProgTableBean.MobNo());
        } else if ("salary".equalsIgnoreCase(criteria)) {
            Collections.sort(list, new ProgTableBean.Salary());
    // Comparator for all attributes to sort List according to different attributes

public static class PersName implements Comparator<PersonBean> {
private int flag = 1;

public int compare(PersonBean o1, PersonBean o2) {
return flag * o1.getName().compareTo(o2.getName());

public static class MobNo implements Comparator<PersonBean> {
private int flag = 1;

public int compare(PersonBean o1, PersonBean o2) {
System.out.println("In 2**");
return flag * o1.getMobNo().compareTo(o2.getMobNo());


public static class Salary implements Comparator<PersonBean> {
private int flag = 1;

public int compare(PersonBean o1, PersonBean o2) {
return flag * o1.getSalary().compareTo(o2.getSalary());
    • Now on the page, select table and set sortable true for each column and set sortProperty same as the column name
      Check af:table source after setting all properties

<af:table var="row" rowBandingInterval="1" id="t1" value="#{viewScope.ProgTableBean.personList}"
                          partialTriggers="::b1" rowSelection="multiple" binding="#{viewScope.ProgTableBean.tableBind}"
                    <af:column sortable="true" headerText="Name" id="c1" width="150" sortProperty="name">
                        <af:outputText value="#{}" id="ot1"/>
                    <af:column sortable="true" headerText="Mobile Number" id="c2" sortProperty="mobNo">
                        <af:outputText value="#{row.mobNo}" id="ot2"/>
                    <af:column sortable="true" headerText="Salary" id="c3" align="right" sortProperty="salary">
                        <af:outputText value="#{row.salary}" id="ot3"/>


  • All done:), Run and check application


Sample ADF Application –Download
Cheers 🙂 Happy Learning

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2 thoughts on “Apply sorting to POJO based af:table programmatically , Using custom sort listener in ADF”

  1. ADF Table Sorting issue

    1. I need all the columns of the table are sortable, So I made sortable="true" to all the columns.
    2. One of the column is displaying date and time but still the column is string in the table (There is a text box to filter the date not date picker)
    3. When I sort date column ASC/DEC it makes call to the service and the service returns sorted data.
    4. After the data is retrieved from the service, the table is doing its own sorting by taking this column as string(actually)
    5. Finally the table display the data that is sorted by the table itself not the list sorted by the service.

    So the sorting flow happens in this way
    (a) User clicks on Sort in the Table –> (b) Call goes to service to get the sorted data –> (c) Table gets the data from service and does the sort again –> (d)display the data sorted in step(c)

    I want to avoid the step (c) so that the table display the that got in step(b)

    Please help.

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