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From "Craig R. McClanahan" <>
Subject Re: Creating a DynaActionForm instance
Date Thu, 29 Aug 2002 05:15:09 GMT

On Thu, 29 Aug 2002, Aaron Lindsey wrote:

> Date: Thu, 29 Aug 2002 00:09:28 -0400
> From: Aaron Lindsey <>
> Reply-To: Struts Users Mailing List <>,
> To:
> Subject: Creating a DynaActionForm instance
> Hi all,
>    I've seen this question asked a couple of times in the archives, but there
> weren't any answers that I could find, so I'm giving it another shot.  How
> can I create an instance of DynaActionForm from inside an Action in order to
> prepopulate it with data to be displayed in a jsp form?  I tried the
> following:
> DynaActionForm myForm = new DynaActionForm();
> myForm.set("firstName", "bob");
> A NullPointerException is thrown.  Is it possible to do something like this
> with a DynaActionForm?  Do I have to go back to the regular ActionForm to
> have the ability to create an instance of an ActionForm, populate it, put it
> on the Request, and forward to a jsp that will then use the form?  Thanks.

To create a new DynaActionForm instance, you *must* ask for a new instance
from the corresponding DynaActionFormClass.  Otherwise, the DynaActionForm
instance will not know what it's valid properties are:

    DynaActionFormClass dafc =
    DynaActionForm myForm = dafc.newInstance();

> Aaron


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