I have a wrapper class that I want to reuse for Both Accounts and Contacts

public class SelectableSObject{
    public Boolean selected {get; set;}
    public SObject obj {get; set;}

In the constructor something like this...

selectableAccounts = new List<SelectableSObject>();
for(Account acc : [SELECT Name FROM Account]){
   SelectableSObject so = new SelectableSObject();
   so.selected = false;
   so.obj = acc;

When I try to bind a field in visual force:

    <apex:dataTable value="{!selectableAccounts}" var="a">
        <apex:column >
            <apex:inputCheckbox value="{!a.selected}" />
        <apex:column headervalue="Account Name" value="{!a.obj['name']}"/>

I get a non-descriptive compile error:

Read access denied for null (Line: 1)

Seems like this should be possible, but maybe its not?

  • can you post your pageblock/ repeat / datatable and how you populate the a variable?Are you trying to get the name field of the sobject? – Rao Jun 5 '14 at 23:13
  • @rao done. I'm just trying to access the name field as an example. Get the same error if I try to access Id or any other fields as far as i can tell. – NSjonas Jun 6 '14 at 0:01
  • @Ralph, I have never used Apex and VF before its my first day and I am given a task to finish in a week time... If you dont mind can you explain me your example. So I can start woking on my task. Thank you so much for the example at the first place. – NewBei Sep 16 '14 at 13:15

This works fine for me. Ran a couple tests and all of the below work.

VF Page

<apex:page controller="GenericTest">
    <apex:repeat value="{!testList}" var="test2">
        <apex:pageBlockTable value="{!testList}" var="test3">
            <apex:column value="{!test3.obj['name']}"/>


public with sharing class GenericTest {

    public Sobject test { get; set; }
    public Wrap test1 { get; set; }
    public List<Wrap> testList { get; set; }

    public GenericTest() {
        test = new Account(name = 'asdf');
        test1 = new Wrap();
        test1.obj = test;
        testList = new List<Wrap>{ test1 };

    public class Wrap {
        public SObject obj { get; set; }


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