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Jackson read json in generic List

I’m using Jackson in order to read json messages. One of the values that I’ trying to parse is a List and another value contains the type of the data in the list. This is the structure i ‘ve created in java.

public class Message<T> {
   private Timestamp time;
   private RestAction action;
   private String type;
   private List<T> data;

Through Class.forName(); I can get the class which represents the data in the list. The question is how can I read the List.



If you need to map the incoming json to your List you can do like this

String jsonString = ...; //Your incoming json string
ObjectMapper mapper = new ObjectMapper();
Class<?> clz = Class.forName(yourTypeString);
JavaType type = mapper.getTypeFactory().constructCollectionType(List.class, clz);
List <T> result = mapper.readValue(jsonString, type);


Something like this, completly untested and never done

public Message<T> deserialize(JsonParser jsonParser, DeserializationContext arg1)
    throws IOException, JsonProcessingException {
    ObjectMapper mapper = new ObjectMapper();
    ObjectCodec oc = jsonParser.getCodec();
    JsonNode node = oc.readTree(jsonParser);

    JsonNode timeStamp = node.get("time");
    Timestamp time = mapper.readValue(timeStamp, Timestamp.class);
    JsonNode restAction = node.get("action");
    RestAction action = mapper.readValue(restAction, RestAction.class);
    String type = node.get("type").getTextValue();
    Class<?> clz = Class.forName(type);
    JsonNode list = node.get("data");
    JavaType listType = mapper.getTypeFactory().constructCollectionType(List.class,   clz);
    List <T> data = mapper.readValue(list, listType);

    Message<T> message = new Message<T>;

    return message;
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