No String-argument constructor/factory method to deserialize from String value ('')

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I'm running into a json parsing issue when using the ObjectMapper class from the com.fasterxml.jackson.databind package, and the error that I'm getting is:

com.fasterxml.jackson.databind.JsonMappingException: Can not construct instance of com.graybar.utilities.ups.beans.Address: no String-argument constructor/factory method to deserialize from String value ('')

The web application where this problem is occurring is a Spring MVC application using an AngularJS front end, but I can duplicate the issue with a much smaller, all java program. Here are my beans:

Shipment.java

@JsonIgnoreProperties(ignoreUnknown = true)
public class Shipment {
    @JsonProperty("Activity")
    private ArrayList<Activity> activity;
    public ArrayList<Activity> getActivity() {
        return activity;
    }
    public void setActivity(ArrayList<Activity> activity) {
        this.activity = activity;
    }
}

Activity.java

@JsonIgnoreProperties(ignoreUnknown = true)
public class Activity {
    @JsonProperty("ActivityLocation")
    private ArrayList<ActivityLocation> activityLocation;
    public ArrayList<ActivityLocation> getActivityLocation() {
        return activityLocation;
    }
    public void setActivityLocation(ArrayList<ActivityLocation> activityLocation) {
        this.activityLocation = activityLocation;
    }
}

ActivityLocation.java

@JsonIgnoreProperties(ignoreUnknown = true)
public class ActivityLocation {
    @JsonProperty("Address")
    private Address address;
    public Address getAddress() {
        return address;
    }
    public void setAddress(Address address) {
        this.address = address;
    }
}

Address.java

@JsonIgnoreProperties(ignoreUnknown = true)
public class Address {
    @JsonProperty("City")
    private String city;
    @JsonProperty("StateProvinceCode")
    private String stateProvinceCode;
    @JsonProperty("CountryCode")
    private String countryCode;
    public String getCity() {
        return city;
    }
    public void setCity(String city) {
        this.city = city;
    }
    public String getCountryCode() {
        return countryCode;
    }
    public void setCountryCode(String countryCode) {
        this.countryCode = countryCode;
    }
    public String getStateProvinceCode() {
        return stateProvinceCode;
    }
    public void setStateProvinceCode(String stateProvinceCode) {
        this.stateProvinceCode = stateProvinceCode;
    }
}

Here is the code where I can properly map the json:

public static void main(String[] args) {
    String jsonMessage = "" +
        "{" + 
        "   \"Activity\": [{ " +
        "       \"ActivityLocation\": { " +
        "           \"Address\": { " +
        "               \"City\": \"Hana\", " +
        "               \"StateProvinceCode\": \"Hi\", " +
        "               \"CountryCode\": \"US\" " +
        "           } " +
        "       } " +
        "   }, " +
        "   { " +
        "       \"ActivityLocation\": { " +
        "           \"Address\": { " +
        "               \"City\": \"Honolulu\", " +
        "               \"StateProvinceCode\": \"Hi\", " +
        "               \"CountryCode\": \"US\" " +
        "           } " +
        "       } " +
        "   }] " +
    "} ";

    try {
        ObjectMapper mapper = new ObjectMapper();
        mapper.enable(DeserializationFeature.ACCEPT_SINGLE_VALUE_AS_ARRAY);

        Shipment shipment = mapper.readValue(jsonMessage, Shipment.class);
        System.out.println("shipment.toString = " + shipment.toString());
    } catch (Exception e) {
        e.printStackTrace();
    }
}

When adjusting the data in the jsonMessage var is when I run into the error that I mentioned above:

    "{" + 
    "   \"Activity\": [{ " +
    "       \"ActivityLocation\": { " +
    "           \"Address\": { " +
    "               \"City\": \"Hana\", " +
    "               \"StateProvinceCode\": \"Hi\", " +
    "               \"CountryCode\": \"US\" " +
    "           } " +
    "       } " +
    "   }, " +
    "   { " +
    "       \"ActivityLocation\": { " +
    "           \"Address\": \"\" " +
    "           } " +
    "       } " +
    "   }] " +
    "} ";

So, the problem happens when changing the json from this:

{
    "ActivityLocation": { 
        "Address": {
            "City": "Honolulu", 
            "StateProvinceCode": "Hi", 
            "CountryCode": "US"
        }
    }
}]

to this:

{
"ActivityLocation": {
     "Address": ""
    }
}

Instead of sending values for my Address bean, I'm getting just an empty string. Unfortunately, I'm receiving my data from a third party and have no control over the data I receive.

Is there an annotation that needs to be added to be able to handle this?

This question is tagged with java json spring

~ Asked on 2017-07-14 19:29:48

The Best Answer is


47

Try setting mapper.configure(DeserializationConfig.Feature.ACCEPT_EMPTY_STRING_AS_NULL_OBJECT, true)

or

mapper.enable(DeserializationFeature.ACCEPT_EMPTY_STRING_AS_NULL_OBJECT);

depending on your Jackson version.

~ Answered on 2017-07-14 19:40:01


70

Had this when I accidentally was calling

mapper.convertValue(...)

instead of

mapper.readValue(...)

So, just make sure you call correct method, since argument are same and IDE can find many things

~ Answered on 2019-05-27 10:04:23


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