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Merge map properties to Java POJO

I’d like to implement UPDATE (method PUT) operation for REST api. From front-end application my controller method expects map of values, for example:

@PutMapping(value = "/profile")
public UserDto updateProfile(JwtAuthenticationToken jwtAuthenticationToken, @RequestBody Map<String, ?> userForm) {

I’d like to use map as the request body and not POJO because with help opf map I can declare 3 states for each property:

  1. property is absent in the map – property is not change, do not update the bean property
  2. property present and is not null – update bean property with value
  3. property present and is null – update bean property with null

with POJO I’m unable to handle #1 from the list above – the property is always present with null or not null value

In my service method I have to merge properties from the map with my User object based on the 3 rules above.

For sure, I can do it in my custom code with reflection api but looking for some existing util which can help me with this task… some kind of

user = BeanUtils.merge(userForm, user);

Please advise if any exists.


You can convert your User object to a Map and work as follow:

  • convert User to a Map original object
  • add all items to from userForm to original
  • convert the original to a User class
  • do what you need with the updated user

Basically the code is something like that:

private ObjectMapper objectMapper; 

public User merge(User originalUser, Map newUserMap) {
   Map originalUserMap = objectMapper.convertValue(originalUser, Map.class);
   return objectMapper.convertValue(originalUserMap, User.class);

User userAfterModifications = merge(user, userForm);
... //  Do what you need with the updated user

Note that you need to be sure that the Map implementation supports null values.