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In-Line Editing Custom Object List

Hi Everyone,

In a nut shell, what I am trying to accomplish is to display a list of records (Employees) on a visualforce page which is similar to this Opportunities Example - Editing Records with List Controllers.  When the user makes edits to the picklist values, they will click Save and that will then update all of the records with their changes.


That being said, listed below is my visualforce page and apex class. 

VF Page

<apex:page Controller="TMEvaluationClass" tabStyle="Account" sidebar="false" showHeader="false">
    <apex:form >
        <apex:pageBlock >
            <apex:pageMessages />
            <apex:pageBlockButtons >
                <apex:commandButton value="Save" action="{!save}"/>
            <apex:pageBlockTable value="{!Employees}" var="emp">
                <apex:column headerValue="Account">
                    <apex:outputField value="{!emp.Account__c}"/>
                <apex:column headerValue="Employee ID">
                    <apex:outputField value="{!emp.EMP_ID__c}"/>
                <apex:column headerValue="Hire Date">
                    <apex:outputField value="{!emp.HIRE_DATE__c}"/>
                <apex:column headerValue="Tenure">
                    <apex:outputField value="{!emp.Tenure__c}"/>
                <apex:column value="{!}"/>
                <apex:column headerValue="Quality">
                    <apex:inputField value="{!emp.Q2_Quality_Rating__c}"/>
                <apex:column headerValue="Customer Satisfaction">
                    <apex:inputField value="{!emp.Q2_Customer_Sat_Rating__c}"/>
                <apex:column headerValue="Score">
                    <apex:inputField value="{!emp.Q2_2013_TM_Eval_Score__c}"/>


public class TMEvaluationClass 
    public TMEvaluationClass() {
        //Get Employees
        public List<Employee__c> getEmployees()

            List<Employee__c> Employees = new List<Employee__c>();
            Employees = [select ID, name, SS__c, Active__c, Account__c, EMP_ID__c, Hire_Date__c, Tenure__c, Q2_Customer_Sat_Rating__c, Q2_Quality_Rating__c, Q2_2013_TM_Eval_Score__c FROM Employee__c WHERE Active__c = TRUE];
            return Employees;

    //Save / Update Employee Object Records
    public PageReference save() {
        try {
            update Employees;
            Employees = null;
        } catch (Exception e) {
        return null;



Currently the visualforce page is working as expected, displaying the list with all of the picklist fields that are editable but I am having trouble writing the save method in a way that will update the records rather than insert new ones.  Any advice assistance would be greatly appreciated, thank you for your time!



I don't see anything obviously wrong. Does your "save" method actually create new records rather than update existing ones?


Make sure you don't have any read-only fields in your update. Name is one such field. If you don't need it, don't fetch it in the first place. If you do need it, move only the update-able fields into a new record and then update it.