I need to pass an account object from one page to another page in my JSF application. I have a list page that displays a list of accounts in a data table. This page is backed by a bean. Each row of the data table has an edit button, that when clicked, will bring the user to an edit page and pass the currently selected account. The edit page is backed by a separate bean.
The bean includes a property that represents the account to edit and the account's properties are referenced in the jsp using the value attribute, i.e.
My question is how do I get the selected object from the list page into the bean that backs my edit page? What I really need to do is load the object from the list page into my bean and then set it equal to the account property so that when JSF renders the view, it grabs the values from that object. I tried doing this in the constructor and it didn't work. Is there any sort of way to interrupt JSF and load the object from the list before rendering the page but after construction?
If that doesn't work, I was going to bind each of the fields on the page to my bean and set the values myself in the constructor. Is this how it always has to be done? It seems like there must be a better way.