Calling WebWork Action function with parameters from velocity template

Hello. Im stuck with a strange problem.

I have a webwork module with an action class and velocity view. I can access action class methods from velocity template with $action.getIssueTypes(). This works fine until i need to pass parameters to the method. So when i use


it does not call the method, but instead prints the above instruction as text on the page. I have also tried





none of above works. As soon i have anything inside parameters bracket, it seems to be treaten as simple text by velocity.

i am sure that findTransitionsByIssueTypeId is working properly. It passes the tests. I am also sure, that there is an entry with id 1.

This is what i have


<webwork1 key="transitions-management-webwork" name="Transitions Management Webwork"
		<description key="create-and-link.components.transitions-management-webwork.description">The Successor Transition Management</description>
				<view name="input">/views/edittransition/edit.vm</view>
				<view name="success">/views/managetransitions/view.vm</view>

public class ManageTransitionsAction extends JiraWebActionSupport {

	private static final long serialVersionUID = -2086781953876101793L;
	private static final Logger log = LoggerFactory.getLogger(EditTransitionAction.class);

	private final IssueTypeManager issueTypeManager;
	private final TransitionService transitionService;

	/* Constructor */
	public ManageTransitionsAction(final IssueTypeManager issueTypeManager, final TransitionService transitionService) {
		this.issueTypeManager = issueTypeManager;
		this.transitionService = transitionService;

	public String execute() throws Exception {

		return super.execute(); // returns SUCCESS

	public Collection<IssueType> getIssueTypes() {
		return issueTypeManager.getIssueTypes();


	public Collection<Transition> findTransitionsByIssueTypeId(final String issueTypeId) {
		Collection<Transition> transitions;
		final Long id = Long.valueOf(issueTypeId);

		transitions = transitionService.findTransitionByIssueTypeId(id);"###" + transitions.size());
		return transitions;



#enable_html_escaping() ${webResourceManager.requireResourcesForContext("com.bssnsoftware.jira.create-and-link-plugin")} <h1>$action.getText('create-and-link.view.header')</h1> <table class="aui"> <thead> <tr > <th class="headrow" >Issue Type</th> <th>Transitions</th> </tr> </thead> #foreach($issueType in $action.getIssueTypes()) <tr> <td class="issuetype-column"><img src="$!{issueType.getCompleteIconUrl()}" /> $!{issueType.getName()}</td> <td class="transitions-column"> <span>${action.findTransitionsByIssueTypeId($issueType.getId())}</span> </td> </tr> #end </table> <a class="button aui-button" href="${req.contextPath}/secure/EditTransition!default.jspa" id="edit-transition-link">$action.getText('create-and-link.view.create-transition')</a> </div>



as you can see, calling $action.getIssueTypes() without parameters works fine. $action.findTransitionsByIssueTypeId($issueTypeId) does not get processed.
out of my disperation i have changed the signature of findTransitionsByIssueTypeId() to take no parameters and instead use a hardcoded id. So the call $action.findTransitionsByIssueTypeId() works.
When i touch the parameters, it does not.

Any ideas?

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I've found a work around. Passing parameters as Strings and converting them to proper representation (Long in my case) seems to work.

example: $action.findTransitionsByIssueTypeId("$issueTypeId")

and in action

Long issueTypeId = Long.valueOf(issueTypeIdString);

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