How to create and use a generic bean for enums in f:selectItems?

I have generic class with this signature:

public abstract class EnumListBean<E extends Enum<E>> {

    public List<E> getEnumList() {
        //implementation details


Currently I have to define a empty subclass in order to access the enumList property for a concrete generic parameter:

public class ItemRarityBean  extends EnumListBean<Item.Rarity>{

This makes its possible to access the property e.g:

<f:selectItems value="#{itemRarityBean.enumList}" var="rarity"
            itemLabel="#{rarity.readableName}" itemValue="#{rarity}" />

Im wondering whether one really have to declare a deriving bean but cant access the generic class as bean directly:

<f:selectItems value="#{enumListBean<Item.Rarity>.enumList}" var="rarity"
                itemLabel="#{rarity.readableName}" itemValue="#{rarity}" />


You can't use generics in EL. EL is a runtime language based on reflection. You know, generics is only available during compiletime, not during runtime.

For your particular purpose, it's likely easier to use OmniFaces <o:importConstants>.

<o:importConstants type="com.example.Item$Rarity" var="Rarity" />
    <f:selectItems value="#{Rarity}" />

(the var attribute is not mandatory, but you'd otherwise need to reference it as #{Item$Rarity} which is not exactly nicely readable; if your Rarity enum were a standalone enum and not an inner enum, then you could just use type="com.example.Rarity")

It's by design treated as a Map<String, Rarity>, not a List<Rarity> or so. So if you intend to access the individual items in the var attribute of <f:selectItems>, so that you can access specific enum methods, then you'd need to explicitly iterate over Map#values() (which would require EL 2.2 support).

    <f:selectItems value="#{Rarity.values()}" var="rarity" itemValue="#{rarity}" itemLabel="#{rarity.readableName}" />

Yes, you have to. Because instantiating abstract classes makes no sense.

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