Java EE 8, JSON-B and java.util.Optional Serialization and Deserialization

A class with java.util.Optional field:

public class MessageWithOptionalField {

    private String content;
    private Optional<String> optionalInfo;

    public MessageWithOptionalField() {


    public MessageWithOptionalField(String content) {
        this.content = content;
        this.optionalInfo = Optional.empty();

    public MessageWithOptionalField(String content, String optionalInfo) {
        this.content = content;
        this.optionalInfo = Optional.of(optionalInfo);
    public String toString() {
        return "MessageWithOptionalField{" + "content=" + content + ", optionalInfo=" + optionalInfo + '}';

...serializes into JSON using JSON-B and PrivateVisibilityStrategy (omitting superfluous accessors) via JAX-RS resource:

public List<MessageWithOptionalField> messageWithOptional() {
    return Arrays.asList(new MessageWithOptionalField("hello without world"), new MessageWithOptionalField("hello", "world"));
into the following JSON string:

[{"content":"hello without world"},{"content":"hello","optionalInfo":"world"}]    
The deserialization from a json without the optional field, e.g. {"content":"hello"} and e.g. using the following JAX-RS endpoint:

public String save(MessageWithOptionalField message) {
    return message.toString();

yields: MessageWithOptionalField{content=hello, optionalInfo=null}

A json string containing the optional value: {"content":"hello","optionalInfo":"world"} yields: MessageWithOptionalField{content=hello, optionalInfo=Optional[world]}

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