I want my form to have initial values. So I used .fill function. but it is still giving me an empty form. what problem does my code have?

my BooksController has:

    public Result edit(Integer id){
        Book book = Book.findById(id);
        if(book==null){
            return notFound("book not found");
        }
        Form<Book> bookForm = formFactory.form(Book.class).fill(book);
        return ok(edit.render(bookForm));
    }

    public Result update(Http.Request request){
        Book book = formFactory.form(Book.class).bindFromRequest(request).get();
        Book oldBook = Book.findById(book.id);
        if(oldBook==null){return notFound("book not found");}

        oldBook.title=book.title;
        oldBook.author=book.author;
        oldBook.price=book.price;
        return redirect(routes.BooksController.front());
    }

my edit.scala.html view has:

@(bookForm : Form[Book])
@import helper._


<html>
    <head>
        <title>edit Book</title>
    </head>
    <body>
        <h3>edit book</h3>
        @helper.form(routes.BooksController.update){
            @helper.inputText(bookForm("id"))
            @helper.inputText(bookForm("title"))
            @helper.inputText(bookForm("author"))
            @helper.inputText(bookForm("price"))

            <button type="submit">edit Book</button>
        }
    </body>
</html>

my routes file has:

+nocsrf
GET     /books/edit/:id             controllers.BooksController.edit(id: Integer)
+nocsrf
POST    /books/edit                 controllers.BooksController.update(request : Request)

1 Answers

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Andriy Kuba On Best Solutions

As I understand from this code

oldBook.title=book.title;
oldBook.author=book.author;
oldBook.price=book.price;

You do not have getters and setters, so you need to activate "direct access" to the fields.

You can do it in the conf/application.conf file:

play.forms.binding.directFieldAccess = true

You also can enable "direct access" only for one form by calling .withDirectFieldAccess(true):

Form<Book> bookForm = formFactory.form(Book.class).withDirectFieldAccess(true).fill(book);

More here: https://www.playframework.com/documentation/2.7.x/JavaForms#Defining-a-form