Iterator is configured with a map of context property names to target components. It allows to execute target components zero or more times depending on the context property type:

  • If iterator is blank then generator is executed once using the current generation context.
  • If iterator is not blank its value is used to get a property from the current generation context. Depending on the property value the generator is executed zero or more times:
    • null - in this case iterator value is used as a prefix to create a sub-context to be used by the generator. E.g. if iterator value is my-component/ then my-property property of the sub-context maps to my-component/my-property property of the parent context.
    • boolean false - generator is not executed.
    • boolean true - generator is executed once with the current context.
    • single value (scalar) - generator is executed once with the current context and value available via data context property.
    • list - generator is executed once for each list element with element value being processed as explained here.
    • map - the map values are interoplated recursively by the current context. Then the map is wrapped into a context which is used to execute the generator.


This example shows iteration over a list of strings.

YAML Specification

   a/a2: ' * ${data} * '

YAML context

      a11: v11
      a12: v12
      - uno
      - dos
      - tres
         b111: w111
         b112: w112
      b12: w12
      b21: w21
      b22: w22

Java code

ObjectLoader loader = new Loader();
ProgressMonitor monitor = new PrintStreamProgressMonitor(System.out, 0, 4, false);
Object iterator = loader.loadYaml(specURL, monitor);
assertEquals(Iterator.class, iterator.getClass());

Map<String, Object> yaml = new Yaml().load(contextURL);
Context context = Context.wrap(yaml::get);

InputStream result = callSupplier(context, monitor, iterator);
assertEquals(" * uno *  * dos *  * tres * ", Util.toString(context, result));