Need pro's help. Below are my code snippets. This is what I have tried I have initialized the object Event_Request__c {get; set;} in my controller class. I have created a public method to update the Event Request record. On saving, the VF page and Class both are being saved successfully. However, I am not any data. Please advise what is it that am missing.

Input Field and Commandbutton on VF page:

Input field

<div class="form-group">
     <label for="WBS">WBS:</label>
     <input type="text" placeholder="WBS" class="form-control" id="{WBS}" />

SubmitRequest Button

    <apex:commandButton action="{!updateEventRequest}" reRender="pageId" id="SubmitRequest" value="Submit Request" >  
        <apex:param id="InputWBS" value="{WBS}"></apex:param>

Controller class method

   public PageReference updateEventRequest() {
         sEventRequest.WBS__c= ApexPages.currentPage().getParameters().get('WBS');   
         System.debug('The id for update is WBS = ' + sEventRequest.WBS__c);
          update sEventRequest;
          return null;
  • Noticed that submit request button code didnt show up so posting again: <apex:form> <apex:commandButton action="{!updateEventRequest}" reRender="pageId" id="SubmitRequest" value="Submit Request"> <apex:param id="InputWBS" value="{WBS}"> </apex:param> </apex:commandButton> </apex:form>
    – Ng H
    Feb 8, 2016 at 11:32

1 Answer 1


To pass data to Apex from VisualForce you should use apex:input* tag, for example, apex:input,apex:inputText or apex:inputField.

in your case, if you want to make that text input, you need to use

<apex:inputText  html-placeholder="WBS" styleClass="form-control" value="{!WBS}" />

If you want to do a lookup:

In both cases ensure that properties have public set, in first case ensure that you have doc-type set. Also, you need to wrap it to apex:form to send data to apex controller.

Here you can find more information about how to use that input: https://developer.salesforce.com/docs/atlas.en-us.pages.meta/pages/pages_compref_input.htm

Update: After comment reread Visualforce page part:

     <apex:inputText  html-placeholder="WBS" styleClass="form-control" value="{!WBS}" />
    <apex:commandButton action="{!updateEventRequest}" reRender="pageId" id="SubmitRequest" value="Submit Request" />  

Apex Controller part:

Define property WBS as string

public String WBS{get;set;}

And if you want to use standard SF lookup window -- just use

But ensure that sEventRequest is defined as

public <some type> sEventRequest{get;set;}

and it is initiated in constructor (i.e. not null).

  • Hi Kurunve, Thanks for your reply. Can you please advise how to set the properties to public and how to set the doc type.
    – Ng H
    Feb 8, 2016 at 11:43
  • As when I try using the {!WBS} it gives me an unknown property error! Thanks again for your help!
    – Ng H
    Feb 8, 2016 at 11:44
  • The sEventRequest has already been instantiated as:
    – Ng H
    Feb 8, 2016 at 12:09
  • @user4435979 so, do you still have any issues?
    – kurunve
    Feb 8, 2016 at 12:10
  • The sEventRequest instantiation: public EventRequest__c sEventRequest {get; set;} sEventRequest initialisation in Controller/Util: sEventRequest = Utils.getEventRequest(sCampaign.ID); Util Class: public static EventRequest__c sEventRequest {get; set;} public static EventRequest__c getEventRequest(string sCampaignId){ sEventRequest = [select Name, Quantity__c,SelfServ_Link__c,Status__c,Tickets_Remaining__c,Total_Attending__c,WBS__c from EventRequest__c where Event__c=:sCampaign.Id limit 1]; return sEventRequest; }
    – Ng H
    Feb 8, 2016 at 12:15

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