Annotation Type JsonValue

    public @interface JsonValue
    Marker annotation that indicates that the value of annotated accessor (either field or "getter" method [a method with non-void return type, no args]) is to be used as the single value to serialize for the instance, instead of the usual method of collecting properties of value. Usually value will be of a simple scalar type (String or Number), but it can be any serializable type (Collection, Map or Bean).

    At most one accessor of a Class can be annotated with this annotation; if more than one is found, an exception may be thrown. Also, if method signature of annotated method is not compatible with Getters, an exception may be thrown (whether exception is thrown or not is an implementation detail (due to filtering during introspection, some annotations may be skipped) and applications should not rely on specific behavior).

    A typical usage is that of annotating toString() method so that returned String value is used as the JSON serialization; and if deserialization is needed, there is matching constructor or factory method annotated with JsonCreator annotation.

    Boolean argument is only used so that sub-classes can "disable" annotation if necessary.

    NOTE: when use for Java enums, one additional feature is that value returned by annotated method is also considered to be the value to deserialize from, not just JSON String to serialize as. This is possible since set of Enum values is constant and it is possible to define mapping, but can not be done in general for POJO types; as such, this is not used for POJO deserialization.

    NOTE: When the instance is being serialized as the key of a Map type, this will be ignored if an accessor is annotated with JsonKey.

    See Also:
    JsonCreator, JsonKey
    • Optional Element Summary

      Optional Elements 
      Modifier and Type Optional Element Description
      boolean value
      Optional argument that defines whether this annotation is active or not.
    • Element Detail

      • value

        boolean value
        Optional argument that defines whether this annotation is active or not. The only use for value 'false' if for overriding purposes. Overriding may be necessary when used with "mix-in annotations" (aka "annotation overrides"). For most cases, however, default value of "true" is just fine and should be omitted.