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Hibernate, JAXB, Eclipse RCP [message #1014629] Tue, 26 February 2013 07:26
Matthias Becker is currently offline Matthias BeckerFriend
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Registered: February 2013
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i am trying to combine JAXB (as provided in the dom4j by Hibernate), Hibernate (4.1.3) and Eclipse (4.2) plug ins.

My "core" plugin contains a XMLUserType that takes a given pojo (annotated with @XmlRootElement and the rest; from another plug in) and converts it into an XML and vice versa. Unmarshalling works fine with this code (the cls is the class as given per string by a parameter:

public Object fromXMLString(final String xml) {
    if (null != xml) {
        final ClassLoader cl = Thread.currentThread().getContextClassLoader();
        try {

            final JAXBContext jc = JAXBContext.newInstance(cls);
            final Unmarshaller unmarshaller = jc.createUnmarshaller();

            final StreamSource sr = new StreamSource(new StringReader(xml));
            final JAXBElement<?> element = unmarshaller.unmarshal(sr, cls);
            return cls.cast(element.getValue());
        } catch (final JAXBException e) {
        } finally {
    return null;

/** {@inheritDoc} */
public void setParameterValues(final Properties parameters) {
    final String clsName = (String) parameters.get("ClassType");
    try {
        this.cls = Thread.currentThread().getContextClassLoader().loadClass(clsName);
    } catch (final ClassNotFoundException e) {

unfortunately marshaling just fails and i have no clue why.

public static Document convertToXML(final Object pojo, final Class<?> type) throws SystemException {
    Document ret = null;
    final ClassLoader cl = Thread.currentThread().getContextClassLoader();
    try {
        final JAXBContext jc = JAXBContext.newInstance(type);
        final Marshaller marshaller = jc.createMarshaller();
        final DocumentResult dr = new DocumentResult();

        marshaller.marshal(pojo, dr);

        final Document document = dr.getDocument();
        ret = document;
    } catch (final JAXBException e) {
    } finally {
    return ret;

It doesn't matter whether or not the ClassLoader is set. It always fails with this exception:

Caused by: com.sun.istack.internal.SAXException2: unable to marshal type 
"packagingdetails.PackagingDetails" as an element because it is missing an 
@XmlRootElement annotation

I believe that the reason is either one of this reasons: 1. The annotations are represented by proxies and can therefore not be resolved 2. The ClassLoader makes trouble...

Regarding 1.: I noticed that

final Annotation[] annotations = type.getAnnotations();
XmlRootElement xmlRootElement = null;
for (final Annotation a : annotations) {
    if (XmlRootElement.class.isAssignableFrom(a.annotationType())) {
        xmlRootElement = (XmlRootElement) a;

always fails (i tried to use that to get the name of the XmlRootElement to create a JAXBElement, but this seems not to be feasible...; my JAXBType should remain generic)...

Has anyone any Ideas???

Thanks Matthias
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