Using JPAContainer with Vaadin 8's v7 compatibility Grid

When one tries to migrate her project to a newer version of a framework, it usually helps if the transition is smooth and the original code works without any modifications. This way, you can convert the code to the new API gradually, and never encounter this OMG-shit-doesn’t-compile-everybody-blocked period for a long time.

Migration from Vaadin 7 to Vaadin 8 isn’t as straightforward since some modifications to Java source files are required, but Vaadin 7->8 Migration Tool may assist you well in converting your imports from Vaadin 7’s com.vaadin.ui.* components to their Vaadin 8’s compatibility counterparts in the com.vaadin.v7.ui.* package.

Unfortunately the actual problem lies with Add-ons since they depend on com.vaadin.ui.* components and need to be modified as well. For example all Container-based addons need to import instead of - a small change indeed, but will cause the addon to malfunction in runtime.

Luckily, the change is straightforward. I have converted the JPAContainer 3.2.0 to be compatible with Vaadin 8 and thus to be compatible with the com.vaadin.v7.ui.Grid. This will allow you to gradually convert your Grids to v8 Grids and the old Container-based code to the DataProvider niceness.

EDIT: the changes have been merged to the official JPAContainer Add-on, so just use JPAContainer 4.0.0 with Vaadin 8: vaadin-jpacontainer

Written on March 2, 2017