Implementing the Staged Model Repository Framework

Providing specialized local services for your app’s staging functionality lets you abstract the additional staging-specific information away from your data handlers. Before you can begin using the Staged Model Repository framework in your app, you must implement it.

Below is a quick example that demonstrates implementing the StagedModelRepository interface to use for a staged model. This example references Liferay’s Bookmarks app and Bookmarks Entry entities.

  1. In your app’s -service bundle, create a package that holds your Staged Model Repository classes (e.g., com.liferay.bookmarks.exportimport.staged.model.repository). If you do not have a -service bundle, visit the Service Builder tutorials for info on generating an app’s services. You must have them to leverage most Staging features.

  2. Create your -StagedModelRepository class in the new package and implement the StagedModelRepository interface in the class’ declaration. For example,

    public class BookmarksEntryStagedModelRepository
        implements StagedModelRepository<BookmarksEntry> {

    Be sure also to include the staged model type parameter for this repository (e.g., BookmarksEntry).

  3. Add an @Component annotation for your staged model repository class that looks like this:

        immediate = true,
        property = "",
        service = StagedModelRepository.class

    There are a few annotation attributes you should set:

    • The immediate element directs the container to activate the component immediately once its provided module has started.
    • The property element sets various properties for the component service. You must associate the model class you wish to handle with this service so it’s recognized by the data handlers leveraging it. You’ll learn more about this later.
    • The service element should point to the StagedModelRepository.class interface.

    The BookmarksEntryStagedModelRepository’s @Component annotation looks like this:

        immediate = true,
        property = "",
        service = StagedModelRepository.class
  4. Implement the StagedModelRepository interface’s methods in your staged model repository. You can reference the Javadoc for this interface to learn what each method is intended for.

    As an example, you’ll step through a couple method implementations to get a taste for how it works.

    Implementing the addStagedModel(...) method for a Bookmarks entry looks like this:

    public BookmarksEntry addStagedModel(
            PortletDataContext portletDataContext,
            BookmarksEntry bookmarksEntry)
        throws PortalException {
        long userId = portletDataContext.getUserId(
        ServiceContext serviceContext = portletDataContext.createServiceContext(
        if (portletDataContext.isDataStrategyMirror()) {
        return _bookmarksEntryLocalService.addEntry(
            userId, bookmarksEntry.getGroupId(), bookmarksEntry.getFolderId(),
            bookmarksEntry.getName(), bookmarksEntry.getUrl(),
            bookmarksEntry.getDescription(), serviceContext);

    This method sets the user ID and service context based on the portlet data context. The PortletDataContext is used to populate the LAR file with your application’s data during the export process. Next it sets the UUID, which is required to differentiate staged content between Sites. Lastly, the entity’s local service is called.

    Just calling the BookmarksEntryLocalService.addEntry(...) method would not have been enough to satisfy the staged model data handler’s needs (i.e., the UUID requirement). With the staged model repository layer, however, you can add staging specific requirements on top of the present local services to serve your data handlers’ needs.

    Not every method implementation requires additional staging information. For example, deleting Bookmarks Entries and deleting Bookmarks Entry staged models are functionally the same, so your staged model repository’s method would look like this:

    public void deleteStagedModels(PortletDataContext portletDataContext)
        throws PortalException {

    Since nothing additional is required for deleting staged models, the staged model repository calls the local service’s deleteEntries(...) method with no additional changes.

    Finish implementing the StagedModelRepository so it’s usable in your data handlers.

Awesome! You’ve implemented the Staged Model Repository framework for your app! If you’re interested in leveraging this framework after the implementation process, see the Using the Staged Model Repository Framework tutorial.

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