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JSF @PostConstruct

Scenario:  I needed to get some data for datatable when the bean get initiated.
So, I have tried these following code.

public TrainingClassForm() {  //constructor


me:  javax.faces.FacesException: Problem in renderResponse: javax.faces.FacesException: Cant instantiate class: gov.faa.amc.nas.hrtrainingview.bean.backing.TrainingClassForm.. null

Issue: Banging my head after few hours, then I have discussed with JSF Expert, Jason Lee who helped me to sort this out.   I was calling trainingListModel before it get initiated/born.  So I was getting a null pointer in TrainingListModel class.

Lesson to learn:  Use @PostConstruct instead.

1. If the bean has request scope, @PostConstruct will get executed every time.  It will be called after the managed bean is instantiated, but before the bean is placed in scope.   Such a method take no arguments, return void, and may not declare a checked exception to be thrown.  Method may be public, protected, private, or package private.  If the method throws an unchecked exception, the JSF implementation must not put the managed bean into service and no further menthods on that managed bean instance will be called.

// Constructor
    public TrainingClassForm() {

   public void init() {
       if (this.trainingListModel.getListDataModel() != null) {


2. @PreDestroy:Any scoped managed bean menthod annotated with @PreDestroy will be called before the bean is removed from the scope or before the scope in which the bean resides is destroyed, whichever comes first.  The constraints placed on the method are the same as with @PostConstruct.

Ref Book: The Complete Reference – JavaServerFaces  by Chris Schalk & Ed Burns


April 22, 2009 - Posted by | Java Server Faces


  1. You say that trainingListModel was not being constructed and therefore TrainingClassForm could not be initialized (because it would get a NullPointerException). I assume that means you were not initializing it as a member variable where it was being declared.

    So then the question is … how are you initializing it?

    Comment by Chris D | January 17, 2010 | Reply

    • Using Spring injection

      Comment by HobiOne | January 19, 2010 | Reply

  2. Hi, what about a session bean, i’m trying to use @PostConstruct in my session bean but it’s never executed, any ideas?

    Comment by mau | April 30, 2010 | Reply

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