Spring Interview Questions

Spring Interview Questions

This post is the part of our Interview Questions series and in this post, we will discuss some of the commonly asked Spring Interview Questions during a job interview.

 

1. Spring Beans And Dependency Injection

Spring Beans are the core of Spring Framework. Some questions related to Spring Beans are:

 

Q1. What is Spring Framework?

Spring is known as one of the most popular frameworks for Java Enterprise applications. Spring framework Dependency injection feature can be used on any Java based application (web or non-web).

The core of Spring framework is based on dependency injection design pattern which allows us to easily build decoupled systems.

 

 

Q2. What are the benefits of Spring?

Spring Framework makes it easier to build enterprise Java applications, below are some of the advantages of using it

  • IoC Container: Spring manage the lifecycle of the Spring Beans and configurations using it’s Ioc container, this makes project management and maintenance easier.
  • Versatile: Spring provides flexibility to integrate it with any Java based technologies.
  • Inversion of Control: Spring will take care of injecting required dependencies for our application, we are no longer required to manually search and inject required dependencies for our application.
  • Lightweight: Spring is divided into different modules with a minimal dependency on each other which make it really lightweight and have the flexibility to only use required modules for your application.
  • End to End Development: Spring Framework provides modules for all aspects of application development ranging from Dependency Injection, Persistence, Caching, Business, Web, REST, it’s an ecosystem for developing all type of Java based Enterprise applications.
  • Non-invasive: Spring does not force us to use any Spring based interface or to extend any Spring based class to use its features which give our code flexibility to be used in any other technology. e.g. We can inject dependency using @Inject annotation which is not Spring based annotation, there will be no change in case we want to use Guice as our dependency injection API.
  • Exception Handling: Spring Framework provides multiple options to handle exceptions in a better and more flexible way.

 

 

Q3. What is Dependency Injection?

Dependency Injection is a technique with which we can make our program loosely coupled and inject required dependencies by defining them as Beans using several annotations like @Service, @Component, @Repository, @Controller or a @Bean annotation.

 

 

Q4. What are types of Dependency Injection techniques supported in Spring?

Spring supports three types of Dependency Injection

  • Setter based Dependency Injection.
  • Constructor based Dependency Injection.
  • Field Injection

 

Q5. What does bean scopes Spring supports?

There are five bean scopes supported by Spring:

  1. Singleton
  2. Prototype
  3. Request
  4. Session
  5. Global-session

 

Q6. Explain bean scopes in Spring?

Bean scopes define the lifecycle of a Bean. More about bean scopes can be read

  1. singleton(default*)
    Scopes a single bean definition for a single object instance per Spring IoC container.
  2. prototype
    Scopes a single bean definition for any number of object instances.
  3. request
    Scopes a single bean definition to the lifecycle of a single HTTP request; that is each and every HTTP request will have its own instance of a bean created off the back of a single bean definition. Only valid in the context of a web-aware Spring ApplicationContext.
  4. session
    Scopes a single bean definition to the lifecycle of an HTTP Session. Only valid in the context of a web-aware Spring ApplicationContext.
  5. global session
    Scopes a single bean definition to the lifecycle of a global HTTP Session. Typically only valid when used in a portlet context. Only valid in the context of a web-aware Spring ApplicationContext.

For more information read Bean scopes

 

Q7. What is the recommended way to inject beans in Spring?

The recommended way to inject dependencies into Spring components is by using constructor injection. This should be followed by any compulsory dependencies needed. For optional dependencies, setter injection should be used.

 

Q8. What are the different modules/subprojects of the Spring?

  1. Spring Core.
  2. Spring JDBC
  3. Spring ORM
  4. Spring AOP
  5. Spring MVC

 

Q9. What Design patterns are used in Spring framework?

  1. Singleton pattern in Singleton scoped beans
  2. Model View Controller in Spring MVC
  3. Data Access Object in Spring DAO support
  4. Front Controller in Spring Dispatcher Servlet
  5. Template Method Pattern in Spring JDBC support
  6. Adapter Pattern in Spring MVC and Spring Web
  7. Proxy Pattern in Spring AOP support
  8. Factory Pattern in Bean Factory classes

 

Q10. What are Spring profiles?

Spring profiles allow us to configure Spring Beans based on the profile of dev, QA, staging, production etc. The use of profiles is that we can make same Spring app which points to different databases or message broker instances with a difference of just a flag. Please read our article on Spring Profiles for more detail.

 

Q11. What does @Required annotation do?

@Required annotation marks a bean as a required bean which means it needs to be configured at configuration time. Otherwise, the Spring container will throw a BeanInitializationException exception.

 

 

Q12. What does @Autowired annotation do?

The @Autowired annotation is used with fields or methods for injecting a bean by type. This annotation allows Spring to resolve and inject collaborating beans into the required bean.

 

 

Q13. In how many ways we can handle Exceptions in a Spring project?

  1. By using @ExceptionHandler annotation at the Controller level. This helps in managing an exception in a particular controller without affecting complete app flow.
  2. Using HandlerExceptionResolver, we can handle exceptions at the complete application level.
  3. By using @ControllerAdvice annotation, we can configure Exception handlers for application-level control and still keep the code very clean and modular.

 

Q14. What is the difference between annotations like @Component, @Controller, @Service and @Repository?

Out of all, @Component annotation is a generic annotation. So anything which is a Controller, Service or a Repository, it’s a Component as well. For specifics, let’s look at each of one of these:

  • @Controller: This annotation enables the detection of @RequestMapping annotation in the class. It also indicates that this class is a Controller.
  • @Service: It indicates that this class handles the business logic of the application and ought to call the @Repository classes for DB interaction.
  • @Repository: This indicates that the class defines a DB interface. It makes sure that the platform-specific exceptions are caught again and thrown again as Spring specific unchecked exceptions

 

 

In this article, we discussed some the commonly asked Spring Interview Questions during a job interview.We will be covering Interview questions of the other modules of the Spring framework in a different post.

Let us know in case you feel any modification or edit is required or you think that we are missing some important questions.

Spring WebApplicationInitializer

Spring WebApplicationInitializer

In this article, we will get an understanding of  Spring WebApplicationInitializer interface along with a detailed analysis of the benefits and configurations of Spring WebApplicationInitializer.

 

Introduction

Dispatcher Servlet is known as an entry point for Spring MVC based web applications, you can think of Dispatcher Servlet as a gatekeeper for MVC application responsible to understand the request, send it to correct place and responsible to send the response back to the calling party.

Spring 3.1 Brough support for the Servlet 3 API, before that we can only register Servlet Dispatcher with Servlet container via the standard Web application web.xml file.

<web-app xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"
         xmlns="http://java.sun.com/xml/ns/javaee"
         xsi:schemaLocation="http://java.sun.com/xml/ns/javaee
	http://java.sun.com/xml/ns/javaee/web-app_2_5.xsd"
         version="2.5">

    <display-name>Spring3 MVC Application</display-name>

    <servlet>
        <servlet-name>spring-web</servlet-name>
        <servlet-class>
            org.springframework.web.servlet.DispatcherServlet
        </servlet-class>
        <load-on-startup>1</load-on-startup>
    </servlet>

    <servlet-mapping>
        <servlet-name>spring-web</servlet-name>
        <url-pattern>/</url-pattern>
    </servlet-mapping>

</web-app>

With Spring support for Servlet 3.0 Specification, web.xml is optional and we can manage all our web application using Java Annotations.

One of the natural questions will arise in your mind is “If we are not registering Dispatcher Servlet than how Spring will create/bootstrap Dispatcher Servlet for our application?

Spring WebApplicationInitializer is the answer to your above question which was introduced with Spring 3.1.

 

1. What is Spring WebApplicationInitializer?

Spring WebApplicationInitializer is Servlet 3.0 + implementation to configure ServletContext programmatically in comparison to the traditional way to do this using web.xml.

 

2. Hybrid Configuration

We have 2 ways to replace traditional web.xml using Spring WebApplicationInitializer, in this one we will discuss a mix of replacing configuration using Java Annotation and XML based Spring configuration.

public class CustomWebAppInitializer implements WebApplicationInitializer {
    /**
     * Configure the given {@link ServletContext} with any servlets, filters, listeners
     * context-params and attributes necessary for initializing this web application. See examples
     * {@linkplain WebApplicationInitializer above}.
     *
     * @param servletContext the {@code ServletContext} to initialize
     * @throws ServletException if any call against the given {@code ServletContext} throws a {@code
     *                          ServletException}
     */
    @Override
    public void onStartup(ServletContext servletContext) throws ServletException {

        XmlWebApplicationContext applicationContext = new XmlWebApplicationContext();
        applicationContext.setConfigLocation("location of spring config xml file");

        //Dispatcher servlet configuration

        ServletRegistration.Dynamic dispatcher = servletContext.addServlet("dispatcher", new DispatcherServlet(applicationContext));
        dispatcher.setLoadOnStartup(1);
        dispatcher.addMapping("/");
    }

Above approach looks good, clean and preferred way to do it but this is not purely Java code based approach as we are still using web.xml in our code to read this configuration.

 

3. WebApplicationInitializer With Java Annotation

Let’s change our previous code to purely Java Annotation-based configuration.We will try to use Spring @Configuration classes in place of traditional XmlWebApplicationContext.

public class CustomWebAppInitializer implements WebApplicationInitializer {
    /**
     * Configure the given {@link ServletContext} with any servlets, filters, listeners
     * context-params and attributes necessary for initializing this web application. See examples
     * {@linkplain WebApplicationInitializer above}.
     *
     * @param servletContext the {@code ServletContext} to initialize
     * @throws ServletException if any call against the given {@code ServletContext} throws a {@code
     *                          ServletException}
     */
    @Override
    public void onStartup(ServletContext servletContext) throws ServletException {

        AnnotationConfigWebApplicationContext rootContext = new AnnotationConfigWebApplicationContext();
        rootContext.register(Application.class);

        // Manage the lifecycle of the root application context
        servletContext.addListener(new ContextLoaderListener(rootContext));

        // Register and map the dispatcher servlet
        ServletRegistration.Dynamic dispatcher =
                servletContext.addServlet("dispatcher", new DispatcherServlet(rootContext));
        dispatcher.setLoadOnStartup(1);
        dispatcher.addMapping("/");
    }
}

 

Let’s try to understand above example for better clarity.

As we are using Java-based annotation in place for XML configuration, we are going to use AnnotationConfigWebApplicationContext for this

AnnotationConfigWebApplicationContext rootContext = new AnnotationConfigWebApplicationContext();

We need to register our context, this can be easily done by registering our custom configuration class.

rootContext.register(Application.class);

Let’s say your custom configurations are spread across multiple classes and you want to use all of these configurations, Spring WebApplicationInitializer provide a way to specify root package to be scanned for configuration classes.

rootContext.setConfigLocation("com.javadevjournal.app.config");

the application context is in place now, next step is to add our ContextLoaderListner to the ServletContext which will be responsible to load the context

// Manage the lifecycle of the root application context
servletContext.addListener(new ContextLoaderListener(rootContext));

The final step of our example is creating and registering Dispatcher servlet, which is the entry point of our application.

// Register and map the dispatcher servlet
ServletRegistration.Dynamic dispatcher =
        servletContext.addServlet("dispatcher", new DispatcherServlet(rootContext));
dispatcher.setLoadOnStartup(1);
dispatcher.addMapping("/");
 
3.1 Web.xml and Java Annotation Caveats

Please be aware of the fact that web.xml and Spring WebApplicationInitializer configurations are not mutually exclusive, this means you can register one servlet in your application’s web.xml while you can use WebApplicationInitializer to register another servlet for your application.In case you have a web.xml file under WEB-INF/web.xml, it’s version must be set to 3.0 or greater else ServletContainerInitializer will completely ignore your web.xml file.

 

Annotation-based configurations offer a lot of advantages and these configurations are now becoming de facto standards for the new Spring-based applications, annotations are more concise and they normally add clear context to the declaration, however, there are certain cases where this is not a preferred way 

  • I still want to separate out my code and configurations
  • Any third party solution which is outside of our control and we can not customize it.

 

Summary

In this article, We got an understanding of  Spring WebApplicationInitializer interface. we covered traditional way to initialize our Spring application. We covered mix way (use configuration and annotation) for our application configuration. In the last part, we covered the new way (100% java base) configuration.

Spring WebApplicationInitializer is really powerful and with new Servlet 3.0 specification, it provides a more flexible way to configure our application. In the next article, we will be covering web.xml and Initializer in more detail.

Spring Framework Annotations

 Introduction to Spring Framework Annotations

In this post, we will get a quick introduction to Spring Framework Annotations. We will explore different annotations along with few of the internal details for these Spring Framework Annotations.

 

Introduction

Java 5.0 introduced support for the annotations and very quickly it became one of the preferred ways, Spring Framework was quick to adopt this and with 2.5 Spring Framework started support for annotations.

Though we can still use XML based configurations to control/manage our Spring application, Spring Framework Annotations are now becoming a defacto standard for Spring-based enterprise applications.

 

1. Spring Core Annotation

In this section, we will be covering Spring Framework Core Annotations.

1.1 @Required

@Required annotation is applied to the bean setter method to enforce require property.It can be used when we want to make sure that a specific bean is required to be injected by Spring, in case required Spring bean is unable to inject the required bean, BeanInitializationException is thrown.

@Required
public void setClient(OkHttpClient client) {
    this.client = client;
}

 

1.2 @Autowired

@Autowired annotation is used to inject object implicitly, We can apply this annotation to fields, setter methods, and constructors.

You can use @Autowired annotation on the constructor, Spring will inject dependency at the time of object creation. Please note that you can only use this annotation to the maximum of 1 constructor for a given class.

@Autowired
public WebConfiguration(RequestResult result){
    this.requestResult=result
}

For @Autowire annotation, Spring does not have the requirement for the constructor to be public.

We can also use @Autowire annotation on the class property 

@Autowired
private OkHttpClient client;

@Autowired
private ObjectMapper jacksonObjectMapper;

The third option is to use this annotation on the setter method, Spring internally will try to perform injection by Type.

@Autowired
public void setClient(OkHttpClient client) {
    this.client = client;
}

With Spring 4.3, @Autowire has become optional on classes with a single constructor, so for the below code, Spring will try to inject instance of the Customer (even we do not have @Autowire annotation)

@Component
public class Customer {
    
   private Order order;

    public Customer(Order order) {
        this.order = order;
    }
}

 

1.3 @Qualifier

When you need more control over the dependency injection process, you should consider using @Qualifier annotation.The qualifier annotation helps disambiguate bean references when Spring would otherwise not be able to do so, in short, this annotation is used to avoid confusion in the dependency injection.

To understand it more clearly, let’s take a simple example of HelloWorldService, let’s assume that we have 2 implementations of our HelloWorldService

public interface HelloWorldService {
    
    void sayHello();
}

public class HelloWorldService1 implements  HelloWorldService {
    
    @Override
    public void sayHello() {
        
    }
}

public class HelloWorldService2 implements  HelloWorldService {
    
    @Override
    public void sayHello() {
        
    }
}

In case we want to Inject our HelloWorldService1 using @Autowire annotation, Spring will not know which one of the two implementations to inject.

public class HelloWordTest {
    
    @Autowired
    private HelloWorldService helloWorldService;
}

To handle all similar issues where we want to let Spring know about which dependency to pick and inject, we can use @Qualifier annotation.

@Autowired
@Resource(name = "helloService1")
private HelloWorldService helloWorldService;

 

1.4 @Bean

@Bean annotation is used to create bean in the Spring Framework, this annotation is used at the method level

@Bean
public Customer customer() {
    // instantiate and configure customer obj
    return customer;
}

By default,  strategy for determining the name of a bean is to use the name of the @Bean method, however, if we want to explicitly name our bean, we can always use “name” or “alias” value to do that.

@Bean({"user", "customer"})
public Customer customer() {
    // instantiate and configure customer obj
    return customer;
}

 

1.5 @Configuration

This annotation is used at the class level which defines Beans, think of @Configuration annotation as configuration using Java class (than traditional XML file to define Spring Beans)

@Configuration
public class ApplicationConfig {
  
    @Bean
    public OkHttpClient client(){
        return new OkHttpClient.Builder()
                .build();
    }

   @Bean
    public CommonsRequestLoggingFilter requestLoggingFilter() {
        CommonsRequestLoggingFilter loggingFilter = new CommonsRequestLoggingFilter();
        loggingFilter.setIncludeClientInfo(true);
        loggingFilter.setIncludeQueryString(true);
        loggingFilter.setIncludePayload(true);
        loggingFilter.setIncludeHeaders(false);
        return loggingFilter;
    }
}

 

1.6 @ComponentScan

This annotation is used to configures component scanning directives for use with @Configuration classes, we can specify base package from where we want Spring to scan packages.If specific packages are not defined, scanning will occur from the package of the class that declares this annotation.

 

1.7 @Lazy

Spring by default use eager initialization strategy i.e all autowired dependencies will be created and configured at startup.If we do not want this to happen, we can use @Lazy annotation to ensure he @Bean or @Component will not be initialized until referenced by another bean or explicitly retrieved from the enclosing BeanFactory.

@Configuration
@Lazy
public class AppConf {

    @Bean
    public MyBean bean() {
        return new MyBean();
    }

    @Bean
    public MyBean1 bean1() {
        return new MyBean1();
    }

    //Bean2 will be eagerly loaded by Spring
    @Bean
    @Lazy(value = false)
    public Bean2 bean2() {
        return new Bean2();
    }
}

 

1.8 @Value

This is at the field or method/constructor parameter level that indicates a default value expression for the affected argument. This is very similar to @Autowire annotation but @Value annotation will be used to inject values from properties.

To understand it more clearly, let’s take an example where we want to get some of the values from the property file, Let’s define our property file

user.name=Java Dev Journal
language=java

Here is our Java code

@Value("user.name")
private String username;

@Value("language")
private String language;

Please read @ConfigurationProperties in Spring Boot to understand how it works for Spring Boot.

 

In this section, we will be covering Stereotype Annotations provided by Spring Framework.

 

1.9 @Service

This is a class level annotation indicates that an annotated class is a "Service", Apart from the fact that it is used to indicate that it’s holding the business logic, there’s no noticeable specialty that this annotation provides.

@Service("helloService")
public class HelloWorldService1 implements  HelloWorldService {

    @Override
    public void sayHello() {

    }
}

 

1.10 @Repository

This annotation is used on the classes which are working directly with the DB layer, @Repository annotation indicates that an annotated class is a "Repository".One of the different thing being performed by classes annotated with @Repository annotation is to catch Platform specific exceptions and re-throw them as one of Spring’s unified unchecked exception.

 

1.11 @Component

This annotation is used to indicate a Spring-powered component.This is a general-purpose stereotype annotation indicating that the class is a spring component.If we check definitions of @Service or @Repository annotations

@Component
public @interface Service {
   //
}

@Component
public @interface Repository {
   //
}

we can safely say that @Service or @Repository annotations are special kinds of @Component annotation.

 

Summary

In this post, we get an introduction to Spring Framework Annotations. We checked a different kind of  Annotations provided by Spring Framework with information about when to use these Annotations.

In the next article, we will cover some of the important Annotations provided by Spring Boot and Spring MVC framework.

Spring Boot Logging

Introduction to Spring Boot Logging

Logging is one of the important features of any enterprise application, in this post we will get an understanding of Spring Boot Logging mechanism along with few of configuration details.

 

Introduction 

Spring Boot comes with many ready to use features and Logging is one of those features, by default Spring Boot use Commons Logging for its internal logging but it also provides options to use/configure any other log mechanism.

If we are using Spring Boot Starters for our application, Logback will be used for logging by default unless we want to use any other logging API.

 

1.  Understand Log Output

Before we get into more details, let’s take a quick look at the default log out for the Spring Boot application to understand it more clearly.

2017-11-07 20:26:37.317  INFO 5388 --- [  restartedMain] s.w.s.m.m.a.RequestMappingHandlerAdapter : Looking for @ControllerAdvice: org.springframework.boot[email protected]53404716: startup date [Tue Nov 07 20:26:34 PST 2017]; root of context hierarchy
2017-11-07 20:26:37.404  INFO 5388 --- [  restartedMain] s.w.s.m.m.a.RequestMappingHandlerMapping : Mapped "{[/],methods=[GET || POST]}" onto public java.lang.String com.umesh.rest.web.controller.DemoController.sayHello(javax.servlet.http.HttpServletRequest) throws java.io.IOException
2017-11-07 20:26:37.407  INFO 5388 --- [  restartedMain] s.w.s.m.m.a.RequestMappingHandlerMapping : Mapped "{[/demo/greeting],methods=[GET]}" onto public java.lang.String com.umesh.rest.web.controller.LoggingDemoController.sayHello()
2017-11-07 20:26:37.409  INFO 5388 --- [  restartedMain] s.w.s.m.m.a.RequestMappingHandlerMapping : Mapped "{[/error]}" onto public org.springframework.http.ResponseEntity<java.util.Map<java.lang.String, java.lang.Object>> org.springframework.boot.autoconfigure.web.BasicErrorController.error(javax.servlet.http.HttpServletRequest)
2017-11-07 20:26:37.410  INFO 5388 --- [  restartedMain] s.w.s.m.m.a.RequestMappingHandlerMapping : Mapped "{[/error],produces=[text/html]}" onto public org.springframework.web.servlet.ModelAndView org.springframework.boot.autoconfigure.web.BasicErrorController.errorHtml(javax.servlet.http.HttpServletRequest,javax.servlet.http.HttpServletResponse)

There are certain things to understand above log output

  • Date and Time: First section indicates date and time of the log output. (e.g. 2017-11-07 20:26:37.317)
  • Log Level: Second main output indicated log level (e.g. INFO in our case).
  • Number as third output indicates process id (e.g. 5388)
  • — indicated separator
  • Output enclosed in [] indicates Thread name.
  • Last 2 output indicates Logger Name / Log Class name and logs message.

 

2.  Example

To understand how to configure and control Spring Boot Logging, let’s create a simple Controller with few log statements in it.


import org.slf4j.Logger;
import org.slf4j.LoggerFactory;
import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.GetMapping;
import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.RestController;

@Controller public class LoggingDemoController {
    
 private final Logger log = LoggerFactory.getLogger(this.getClass());
 
 @GetMapping("/demo/greeting") public String sayHello() {
  log.info("Info log statement for LoggingDemoController");
  log.warn("Warn log statement for LoggingDemoController");
  log.error("Error log statement for LoggingDemoController");
  return "greeting";
  
 }
 
}

On running above application by opening http://localhost:8080/demo/greeting, we can see following output in the console.

2017-11-07 20:43:41.566  INFO 5430 --- [io-10070-exec-4] c.u.r.w.c.LoggingDemoController          : Info log statement for LoggingDemoController
2017-11-07 20:43:41.567  WARN 5430 --- [io-10070-exec-4] c.u.r.w.c.LoggingDemoController          : Warn log statement for LoggingDemoController
2017-11-07 20:43:41.567 ERROR 5430 --- [io-10070-exec-4] c.u.r.w.c.LoggingDemoController          : Error log statement for LoggingDemoController

Spring Boot Logging API provides a number of features which help us to decouple out code

  • We are using SFL4J facade for our logging thus we are decoupled from underlying Logback API.
  • By using it, we are free to replace Logback with any other logging API without changing our code base.

 

3.  Log File Output

by default, Spring Boot Logging API will log output to the console and not to any file, for writing log output to a file, we can set logging.file or logging.path property in the application.properties file.

logging.file =/work/demo/log/loggingdemocontroller.log
//or
logging.path= /work/demo/log

Please note that if in case we use logging.path property, Spring Boot will write a file with a name spring.log to the specified directory.

 

4.  Setting Log Levels

Spring Boot provides an easy way to configure and set logging levels for your application.We can use application.properties file to configure the desired Logging level for our application by using ‘logging.level.*=LEVEL’. Let’s use our previous example to get an understanding of setting log level in our application. We will configure our log level to output only WARN and ERROR logs.

application.properties

logging.level.com.javadevjournal.rest= WARN

On running above application by opening http://localhost:8080/demo/greeting, we can see following output in the console.

2017-11-08 20:05:13.362  WARN 8647 --- [nio-8080-exec-1] c.j.r.w.c.LoggingDemoController          : Warn log statement for LoggingDemoController
2017-11-08 20:05:13.362 ERROR 8647 --- [nio-8080-exec-1] c.j.r.w.c.LoggingDemoController          : Error log statement for LoggingDemoController

Since we configured our log level to the WARN, Spring Boot Logging API will only output log statements for WARN and higher (in our case WARN and ERROR).

The root logger can be configured using logging.level.root.

 

5.  Configure Logback Through External File.

For most of the applications, Spring Boot Logging default configurations are more than sufficient, however, for large-scale enterprise applications have complex logging requirements and Spring Boot provide a way to configure it through the external XML file.

You can put logback.xml or logback-spring.xml file in the root of your classpath it will be picked up from there by Spring Boot. Please note that logback-spring.xml is preferred over the logback.xml file by Spring Boot.

here is a sample logback-spring.xml

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<configuration>
    <include resource="org/springframework/boot/logging/logback/base.xml"/>
    <logger name="com.javadevjournal.rest" level="WARN" additivity="false">
        <appender-ref ref="CONSOLE"/>
        <appender-ref ref="FILE"/>
    </logger>
</configuration>

If you want to get more understanding of the System properties which the LoggingSystem takes care of creating for us, please have a look at base.xml file inside spring-boot jar and especially the following line 

<property name="LOG_FILE" value="${LOG_FILE:-${LOG_PATH:-${LOG_TEMP:-${java.io.tmpdir:-/tmp}}}/spring.log}"/>

 

6. Spring Boot Profiles in Logging

Spring Profiling is an excellent concept which provides us the flexibility to define properties for the different environment without any code change. Spring Boot provides the same profile mechanism for the logback configuration by using the <springProfile> element. Let’s use an example to understand how you can define different logging level for DEV and Production environments using the same logback configuration.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<configuration>
    <include resource="org/springframework/boot/logging/logback/base.xml" />
    <springProfile name="dev">
        <logger name="com.javadevjournal.rest" level="DEBUG" additivity="false">
            <appender-ref ref="CONSOLE" />
        </logger>>
    </springProfile>
    <springProfile name="production">
        <logger name="com.javadevjournal.rest" level="WARN" additivity="false">
            <appender-ref ref="FILE" />
        </logger>
    </springProfile>
 </configuration>

Read Spring Profiles to get an understanding of how to use Spring Profiles feature for your application. 

 

7. Configure Log4j

Not all application want to use default logging configuration and it holds true for Spring Boot Logging mechanism, however, Spring Boot provides an easy way to use any other logging framework.In case you want to use Log4j2 for logging configuration, all you have to add the log4j2 starter in your application (no other complex configurations).

Please be aware that if If you are using the starters for your application, you need to exclude logback and then include log4j 2 instead.

Here is a sample configuration to use log4j for your application.

<dependency>
    <groupId>org.springframework.boot</groupId>
    <artifactId>spring-boot-starter-web</artifactId>
</dependency>
<dependency>
    <groupId>org.springframework.boot</groupId>
    <artifactId>spring-boot-starter</artifactId>
    <exclusions>
        <exclusion>
            <groupId>org.springframework.boot</groupId>
            <artifactId>spring-boot-starter-logging</artifactId>
        </exclusion>
    </exclusions>
</dependency>
<dependency>
    <groupId>org.springframework.boot</groupId>
    <artifactId>spring-boot-starter-log4j2</artifactId>
</dependency>

 

Summary 

In this post, we explored different features of the Spring Boot Logging API, we discussed what are the default configurations provided by Spring Boot along with options to configure or customize these options.

Logging is one of the main tool in the application development and with complex enterprise applications, logging requirement can become very complex with the time, however, Spring Boot Logging API provides all the tools to handle all these complex use cases with minimal configuration changes.

If you are starting with Spring Boot, please read Building an Application with Spring Boot to start your journey with Spring Boot

Log Incoming Requests In Spring

How to Log Incoming Requests In Spring

In this post, we will explore as of how to Log Incoming Requests In Spring. We will explore different options to accomplish it along with the build in feature provided by Spring.

 

1. Introduction

Having the ability to log incoming request in a web application is a very common requirement for modern web applications.In this article, we will be covering how to do it using Spring’s logging filter.

 

2. Dependency Management

In order to add required logging dependencies, we can add spring-core, for this article, we will be using Spring Boot which will handle dependency management for us. Checkout Building an Application with Spring Boot to learn about Spring Boot dependency management. We will add Spring Boot dependencies to start our web application.

<dependency>
      <groupId>org.springframework.boot</groupId>
      <artifactId>spring-boot-starter-web</artifactId>
</dependency>

 

3. Web Controller

In order to log incoming request, we need to have a Spring Controller in place, we will be using a simple controller for our post. Read  Creating a Web Application with Spring Boot to get an understanding of creating a web application using Spring Boot.

@RestController
public class LoggingDemoController {

    @GetMapping("/demo/greeting")
    public String sayHello(){
        return "Hello Stranger !!!";
    }
}

There is nothing special with this controller and it is simply returning "Hello Stranger !!! " to the client.

 

4. Custom Solutions

We will not get into details for this solution, but we can Spring provides interceptors to perform actions before and after web request.You can use HandlerInterceptor to create your custom implementation to log incoming request.

You have to be careful while using such approach as input stream will be marked as consumed the moment it is read for the first time.

We can also use Spring’s ContentCachingRequestWrapper to handle above issue by storing request stream in the cache but this needs a certain amount of work and customization.

 

5. Spring Built-In Request Logging

Spring comes with ready to use a feature which can log your request, all we are required to configure this ready to use solution. Spring comes with AbstractRequestLoggingFilter, that perform logging operations before and after a request is processed.

Before we get into implementation details, this filter requires a subclass to override the beforeRequest(HttpServletRequest, String) and afterRequest(HttpServletRequest, String) methods to perform the actual logging around the request.

Spring provides following 2 implementations for AbstractRequestLoggingFilter

  1. CommonsRequestLoggingFilter
  2. ServletContextRequestLoggingFilter

 

ServletContextRequestLoggingFilter Simple request logging filter that writes the request URI (and optionally the query string) to the ServletContext log.We are going to discuss CommonsRequestLoggingFilter in this post.

 

5.1 CommonsRequestLoggingFilter using Spring Boot

Spring Boot is the new way to create and run your Spring-powered applications, we can enable CommonsRequestLoggingFilter by simply registering it as a bean with our application.

@Bean
public CommonsRequestLoggingFilter requestLoggingFilter() {
    CommonsRequestLoggingFilter loggingFilter = new CommonsRequestLoggingFilter();
    loggingFilter.setIncludeClientInfo(true);
    loggingFilter.setIncludeQueryString(true);
    loggingFilter.setIncludePayload(true);
    loggingFilter.setIncludeHeaders(false);
    return loggingFilter;
}

In addition to above configuration, we need to make sure to set log level as DEBUG for CommonsRequestLoggingFilter either through application.properties or YAML

logging.level.org.springframework.web.filter.CommonsRequestLoggingFilter=DEBUG

Once these configurations are in place, you should be able to see a similar output in the console

2017-10-25 19:52:02.708 DEBUG 70034 --- [io-10070-exec-4] o.s.w.f.CommonsRequestLoggingFilter      : Before request [uri=/demo/greeting;client=0:0:0:0:0:0:0:1]
2017-10-25 19:52:02.791 DEBUG 70034 --- [io-10070-exec-4] o.s.w.f.CommonsRequestLoggingFilter      : After request [uri=/demo/greeting;client=0:0:0:0:0:0:0:1]

And voila, you have your requests are getting logged.

5.2 CommonsRequestLoggingFilter without Spring Boot

If you are not using Spring Boot, You can configure this by using traditional Filter.We have following options to configure this in our traditional web application

  1. Configure this Filter either through xml configuration or Java configuration with default values.
  2. Create a custom filter by extending CommonsRequestLoggingFilter to modify default behaviour.

 

5.2.1 CommonsRequestLoggingFilter using XML

If you want to use CommonsRequestLoggingFilter with no changes, you can simply configure it in your application configuration file as a filer

<filter>
    <filter-name>requestLoggingFilter</filter-name>
    <filter-class>org.springframework.web.filter.CommonsRequestLoggingFilter</filter-class>
    <init-param>
        <param-name>includeClientInfo</param-name>
        <param-value>true</param-value>
    </init-param>
    <init-param>
        <param-name>includePayload</param-name>
        <param-value>true</param-value>
    </init-param>
    <init-param>
        <param-name>includeQueryString</param-name>
        <param-value>true</param-value>
    </init-param>
</filter>
 
5.2.2 CommonsRequestLoggingFilter using Java Web Initializer

If you are not a fan of using XML configuration for your web application, Spring provides a way to configure it using WebApplicationInitializer.Please note that WebApplicationInitializer Interface to be implemented in Servlet 3.0+ environments in order to configure the ServletContext programmatically.

public class MyWebAppInitializer implements WebApplicationInitializer {

    @Override
    public void onStartup(ServletContext container) {
        XmlWebApplicationContext appContext = new XmlWebApplicationContext();
        appContext.setConfigLocation("/WEB-INF/spring/dispatcher-config.xml");

        ServletRegistration.Dynamic dispatcher =
                container.addServlet("dispatcher", new DispatcherServlet(appContext));
        dispatcher.setLoadOnStartup(1);
        dispatcher.addMapping("/");

        container.addFilter("requestLoggingFilter", CommonsRequestLoggingFilter.class)
                .addMappingForServletNames(null, false, "dispatcher");
    }

}
5.2.3 Custom CommonsRequestLoggingFilter

If you want to customize behaviour of CommonsRequestLoggingFilter, you can always create your custom Filter by extending CommonsRequestLoggingFilter

public class CustomeRequestLoggingFilter extends CommonsRequestLoggingFilter {

    // custom code
}

You can use any of the above options to configure your custom Filter.

 

Summary

In this post, we explore as of how to Log Incoming Request in Spring.Spring comes with many hidden features which can always help us to avoid writing custom/duplicate code and CommonsRequestLoggingFilter is one of such hidden gem in Spring.

Building an Application with Spring Boot

Building an Application with Spring Boot

In this post, we will explore Building an Application with Spring Boot. We will cover different aspects of Spring Boot along with different options to build an application using Spring Boot.

 

1. Introduction

Spring Boot is an opinionated, convention over configuration.Spring Boot takes away most part of the project set up by taking an opinionated view of the Spring platform so that new and existing users can quickly get to the bits they need.Spring Boot makes it easy to create a Spring-powered enterprise application with minimum fuss. 

 

2. Spring Boot Features

Spring Boot provides the following feature out of the box

  1. It simplifies Spring dependencies by taking the opinionated view ( we will discuss it in more details).
  2. Spring Boot provides a preconfigured set of technologies/framework to reduces error-prone configuration so we as a developer focused on building our business logic rather than thinking of project setup.
  3. You really don’t need those big XML configurations for your project.
  4. Embed Tomcat, Jetty or Undertow directly.
  5. Provide opinionated Maven POM to simplify your configuration

 

3. Creating Spring Boot Project

One of the main challenges to starting up a new project is the initial setup for the project. We need to take a call about the different directory structure and also need to make sure we are following all the industry standards.If you are using Maven, you might already be using Maven startup artefact which helps us to do those initial setups more quickly.

Spring Initializr is another great tool to quickly start Spring Boot projects. Spring Initializr is a web application that generates Spring Boot projects. Keep in mind that it will only generate project structure and not any code for you based on your preference (Maven or Gradle). If you are starting your project, my recommendation is to start with Spring Initializr.

There are multiple ways to use Spring Boot Initializr to generate project structure for you.

  1. Using  Spring Initializr Web Interface.
  2. Use Spring Boot CLI tool.
  3. Use your IDE

 

3.1 Using Spring Initializer Web Interface

This is the simplest way to generate project structure for your application.Open Spring Initializr Web interface your browser and you will be presented with a wizard to start your configurations.

 Building an Application with Spring Boot

You are required to fill some information in the web interface to start with

  1. What kind of project you want to generate (Maven or Gradle)
  2. What is your preferred language (Apart from Java you will get an option for Kotlin and Groovy)
  3. Spring Boot Version
  4. Standard project group and artefact details.
  5. Dependencies.

Dependencies is an interesting feature in the web interface, based on your selected Dependencies, web interface will automatically add Spring Boot Starter dependencies in the generated pom.xml file.In case you want a more control on the generated project structure or not sure what all dependencies you want to add to your project, click on the “Switch to the full version”.

Spring Boot

 

With the full version, you have the option to select Java version, packaging mode (maybe .war for traditional deployment) along with an option to select dependencies for your project. Once you click on “Generate Project” button, Spring Initializr will generate project you will be given a zip to download. You can import the unzipped project as a simple Maven/ Gradle based project in your IDE.

I will not be covering details as to how you can import this in your IDE. Please refer to relevant IDE document for more details.

 

3.2 Using Spring Boot CLI

We can also use Spring Boot CLI to generate structure for your project, once you have installed CLI, open command prompt and type spring. If CLI is installed correctly, you should be seeing the very similar output on typing spring.


localhost:~ javadevjournal$ spring
usage: spring [--help] [--version]
       [<args>]

Available commands are:

  run [options]  [--] [args]
    Run a spring groovy script

We can use init as an additional parameter with spring to create a new project. Spring Boot CLI will internally be going to use start.spring.io to generate project structure for you.

localhost:~ javadevjournal$ spring init --dependencies=web springboot-demo-project
Using service at https://start.spring.io
Project extracted to '/Users/umesh/springboot-demo-project'

It created springboot-demo-project directory with a maven based project using spring-boot-starter-web. This will create a project with the same default setting as available on the start.spring.io web interface. We can pass different parameters to customize project generation.

Let’s say we want to generate our project based on Java 1.7, we can pass --java-version=1.8 as an additional parameter to Spring Boot CLI.

spring init --java-version=1.7 --dependencies=web springboot-demo-project

When you will run above command, it will automatically set java-version in the generated pom.xml file as 1.7.

<properties>
    <java.version>1.7</java.version>
</properties>

If you are not sure what are the capabilities of the Spring init service, run init command with --list flag.

 spring init --list

 

4. Peek Inside pom.xml

Let’s start looking into pom.xml file to understand Spring Boot configurations in more detail. I will be covering only Spring Boot related changes in pom.xml. Here is the pom.xml file from our sample project.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<project xmlns="http://maven.apache.org/POM/4.0.0" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"
  xsi:schemaLocation="http://maven.apache.org/POM/4.0.0 http://maven.apache.org/xsd/maven-4.0.0.xsd">
  <modelVersion>4.0.0</modelVersion>

  <groupId>com.umeshawasthi</groupId>
  <artifactId>ems</artifactId>
  <version>0.0.1-SNAPSHOT</version>
  <packaging>war</packaging>

  <name>ems</name>
  <description>Employee Management System outline Spring Boot Features</description>

  <parent>
     <groupId>org.springframework.boot</groupId>
     <artifactId>spring-boot-starter-parent</artifactId>
     <version>1.5.4.RELEASE</version>
     <relativePath/> <!-- lookup parent from repository -->
  </parent>
   <!-- project properties repository -->
  <dependencies>
     <dependency>
        <groupId>org.springframework.boot</groupId>
        <artifactId>spring-boot-starter-web</artifactId>
     </dependency>

     <dependency>
        <groupId>org.springframework.boot</groupId>
        <artifactId>spring-boot-starter-tomcat</artifactId>
        <scope>provided</scope>
     </dependency>
        <!-- Spring boot test depedency -->
  </dependencies>
</project>

One of the main features of Spring Boot is the “Starters”, they are an easy way to add required dependencies (jars) in your classpath. When using Spring Boot, we don’t have to add jar/dependencies in your classpath (In case a starter is not available, you might have to add these dependencies in the pom.xml or can create your own custom starter). We just need to add correct “Starters” in our pom.xml file and Spring Boot will make sure to add those dependencies automatically.

 

5. Application Entry Point

@SpringBootApplication
public class EmsApplication {

  public static void main(String[] args) {
    
     SpringApplication.run(EmsApplication.class, args);
  }
}
5.1 @SpringBootApplication Annotation

Our main class is using @SpringBootApplication annotation. @SpringBootApplication is equivalent to using @Configuration, @EnableAutoConfiguration and @ComponentScan with their default values.If you are starting your project, it’s recommended to use annotation. Using @SpringBootApplication in your main class is equivalent to following 3 annotations

  1. @Configuration as a source of bean definitions.
  2. @EnableAutoConfiguration It gives Spring Boot an idea as to how you want to configure your application.
  3. @ComponentScan to automatically pick up all Spring components, including @Configuration classes.

 

5.2 Main Method

Another interesting feature of our main class is the main method. This is a standard method that will follow standard Java workflow. Our main class will pass on control to Spring Boot SpringApplication class. SpringApplication Class run method will be used to the BootStrap application. We will be taking a more deep look into the SpringApplication later section.

 

6. Hello World Controller

package com.javadevjournal.demo.controller;

import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.RequestMapping;
import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.RestController;


@RestController
public class HelloWorldController {

   @RequestMapping("/")
   public String helloWorld(){
       return "Hello World!!";
   }
}

There is nothing special in our Controller. It’s a standard Spring-MVC controller with standard Spring MVC annotations.

 

6. Running Application

It’s time to run our first Spring Boot powered application. We have multiple ways to run our Spring Boot application.

  1. If you are using IDE, you can use IDE to run your application.
  2. We can use mvn spring-boot:run command from the root directory to start our first Spring Boot application.
 .   ____          _            __ _ _
 /\\ / ___'_ __ _ _(_)_ __  __ _ \ \ \ \
( ( )\___ | '_ | '_| | '_ \/ _` | \ \ \ \
 \\/  ___)| |_)| | | | | || (_| |  ) ) ) )
  '  |____| .__|_| |_|_| |_\__, | / / / /
 =========|_|==============|___/=/_/_/_/
 :: Spring Boot ::        (v1.5.4.RELEASE)

2017-07-08 15:49:50.319  INFO 1238 --- [           main] com.javadevjournal.demo.EmsApplication   : Starting EmsApplication on localhost with

Open up the browser of your choice and type http://localhost:8080, you should see “Hello World” as an output.

 

Summary 

Spring Boot provides a good boost to the Spring-based applications. In this post, we learned about different options of Building an Application with Spring Boot.Setting up a new project is always a challenging task and we need to make sure to manage all dependencies but with Spring Boot, it was really easy and we able to run our first web application with only new lines of code without thinking much about the required dependencies or the deployment.

Custom Banners in Spring Boot

How to Use Custom Banners in Spring Boot

When we start our Spring Boot application, it comes up with a default Banner, in this post we will discuss how to use Custom Banners in Spring Boot application.

 

Introduction

It’s highly likely that you want to release your own product/application based on the Spring Boot and want to display your own custom banner in place of default Spring Boot Banner.By default Spring

By default, Spring Boot application will display the following banner on startup

.   ____          _            __ _ _
 /\\ / ___'_ __ _ _(_)_ __  __ _ \ \ \ \
( ( )\___ | '_ | '_| | '_ \/ _` | \ \ \ \
 \\/  ___)| |_)| | | | | || (_| |  ) ) ) )
  '  |____| .__|_| |_|_| |_\__, | / / / /
 =========|_|==============|___/=/_/_/_/
 :: Spring Boot ::        (v1.5.7.RELEASE)<

 

1. Creating Custom Banner

In order to start, we need to create a custom banner which will be used to display on the application startup time. I will be using  Spring Boot Banner Generator to upload an image for generating ANSI character in the plain text.You can always generate it manually if you want :).

For this tutorial, I will be using  Spring Logo logo from Spring IO site. 

 

2. Using The Custom Banner

In the above section, we have created a custom banner and it’s time to start using this custom banner.We will be creating a file banner.txt under the src/main/resources folder and will paste content in this file.

Spring Boot by default will pick content from the banner.txt file, in case it will find a banner.txt in our project classpath (resources folder of our application), it will pick custom banner content and will display it on the startup.

In case we want Spring Boot to pick banner content from other location and not from the default banner.txt, we can customize that by setting banner.location to the location of such a file

banner.location=classpath:/path/to/banner/custom-banner.txt

Here is the output when we run our application with new content in banner.txt file

Custom Banners in Spring Boot
Custom Banners in Spring Boot

 

2.1 Using Image for Custom Banner

We can even use the image as a custom banner for our Spring Boot application, We can add banner.gif, banner.jpg or banner.png image file to your classpath and Spring Boot will automatically pick this image as a startup banner. Please note that we need to name these banner images as a banner.extension (e.g. banner.jpg). 

You can use banner.image.location property to set a custom location for our banner image in the application.properties file, we can also use some additional properties to customize our banner


banner.image.location=classpath:banner.gif # Banner image file location (jpg/png can also be used).
banner.image.width= # Width of the banner image in chars (default 76)
banner.image.height= # Height of the banner image in chars (default based on image height)
banner.image.margin= # Left hand image margin in chars (default 2)
banner.image.invert= # If images should be inverted for dark terminal themes (default false)

Images will be converted into an ASCII art representation before getting printed on the startup which can add a lot of time on startup in case we have a complex image.It is recommended to use text format for a Custom Banners in Spring Boot.

If you want you can use SpringApplication.setBanner(… ) method to set custom banner programmatically but in my opinion, this is not preferred way and you need to implement your own printBanner() provided under org.springframework.boot.Banner interface. 

 

Summary 

In this short post, we learned how to use a Custom Banners in Spring Boot. We explored the option to create a custom banner using a banner.txt file or placing your custom image in your classpath.

Spring Boot Starters

Introduction to Spring Boot Starters

In this post, we will introduce Spring Boot Starters to you and will discuss what are the benefits and advantages of Spring Boot Starters.

 

Introduction

Before starting any project be it a small project or an enterprise level application, one of the critical aspects is dependency management, doing it manually for a small application is not a hard job but when it comes to complex applications, managing all project dependencies manually is not ideal and prone to many issues as well wasting of the time which can be used in some other important aspects of the project.

Ond of the fundamental principle behind Spring Boot is to address similar issues.Spring Boot Starters are a set of convenient dependency descriptors which can be easily included in any level of application.These starters work as a  bootstrapping process for the Spring related technologies, we no longer need to worry about the dependencies and they will be automatically managed by Spring Boot Starters.      

The starters contain a lot of the dependencies that you need to get a project up and running quickly and with a consistent, supported a set of managed transitive dependencies.

 

1. Why Do We Need Starters?

When we start with the Spring Boot, one of the fundamental questions which come to our mind is why do we need Spring Boot Starters? or how these starters will help me in my application?

As mentioned earlier, these starters work to bootstrap your application, all we need is to include correct starter in our application and Spring Boot will ensure that all dependencies required for the chosen starter are in your classpath.

To understand it more clearly, let’s take an example that we want to build a simple Spring Web-MVC application, in order to start, we need to think of the following points before actually starting working on our web application code.

  • Correct Spring MVC Dependencies.
  • Required dependencies for Web technologies (e.g We want to use Thymeleaf)
  • We need to make sure that all these dependencies are compatible

 

With Spring Boot Starters, bootstrapping our Spring-MVC web application is really straightforward, We need to include spring-boot-starter-web starter in our pom.xml,

<dependency>
   <groupId>org.springframework.boot</groupId>
   <artifactId>spring-boot-starter-web</artifactId>
</dependency>

Above entry in pom.xml will ensure that all required dependencies should be in your classpath and we are all set to start working on our web application. 

Currently, there are around 50+  starters offered by Spring Boot excluding third party starters.For the updated list of starters, please refer to  Spring Boot Starter

In this section, I will be covering some of the commonly used starters.

 

2. Web Starter

This is one of the most commonly used Spring Boot Starter, This starter will ensure that all required dependencies to create Spring Web application (including REST) are included in your classpath, it will also add tomcat-starter as default server to run our web application. To include Web Starter in our application, add following entry in pom.xml.

<dependency>
 <groupId>org.springframework.boot</groupId>
 <artifactId>spring-boot-starter-web</artifactId>
</dependency>

Now we can create our Spring-MVC Controller

 @RestController
    public class SampleController {

        @RequestMapping("/greeting")
        String hello() {
            return "HelloWorld!";
        }
    }

If you run your application and access,http://localhost:8080/greetings you should be able to get “Hello Word” as the response.We created a REST controller with minimal code.

 

3. Data JPA Starter

Most of the application will need some persistence mechanism and JPA is established standard for the persistence, Spring Boot Starters comes with JPA Starters, You no longer have to configure those JPA dependencies manually, this can be easily achieved by adding JPA Starter in your application.

<dependency>
    <groupId>org.springframework.boot</groupId>
    <artifactId>spring-boot-starter-data-jpa</artifactId>
</dependency>
<dependency>
    <groupId>com.h2database</groupId>
    <artifactId>h2</artifactId>
</dependency>

Spring JPA Starter provides automatic support for H2, Derby and Hsqldb.Let’s have a look at how easy is to create a sample JPA application using JPA starter.

@Entity
public class User {

    @Id
    @GeneratedValue(strategy = GenerationType.AUTO)
    private Long id;
    private String firstName;
    private String lastName;

    protected User() {
    }

    public User(String firstName, String lastName) {
        //this.id = id;
        this.firstName = firstName;
        this.lastName = lastName;
    }

    public Long getId() {
        return id;
    }

    public void setId(Long id) {
        this.id = id;
    }

    public String getFirstName() {
        return firstName;
    }

    public void setFirstName(String firstName) {
        this.firstName = firstName;
    }

    public String getLastName() {
        return lastName;
    }

    public void setLastName(String lastName) {
        this.lastName = lastName;
    }

    @Override
    public String toString() {
        return "User{" +
                "id=" + id +
                ", firstName='" + firstName + '\'' +
                ", lastName='" + lastName + '\'' +
                '}';
    }
}

Here is our UserRepository

public interface UserRepository extends CrudRepository<User,Long> {
    List<User> findUserByLastName(String lastName);
}

Time to test our code, here is the JUnit test

@RunWith(SpringRunner.class)
@SpringBootTest
public class JpademoApplicationTests {

   @Autowired
   UserRepository userRepository;

   @Test
   public void contextLoads() {

        User user = userRepository.save(new User("Demo","User"));
        User searchUser= userRepository.findOne(user.getId());

        assertNotNull(searchUser);
        assertEquals(user.getFirstName(),searchUser.getFirstName());

   }

}

As we saw in above code, you longer need to specify those database configurations or extra DB configurations, by adding JPA starter, many features were available to us out of the box with no need to configure or code. 

You can always modify/customize these configurations if needed.

 

4. Mail Starter

Sending email from our application is very common tasks and every application these days require to send emails from the system.Spring Boot Mail starter provides an easy way to handle this feature by hiding all complexities. 

We can enable email support by simply adding mail starter in our application.

<dependency>
   <groupId>org.springframework.boot</groupId>
   <artifactId>spring-boot-starter-mail</artifactId>
</dependency>

I am using Mailgun as my SMTP Server, here are the SMTP details added to my application.properties file

spring.mail.host=smtp.mailgun.org
[email protected]
spring.mail.password=mypassword
spring.mail.properties.mail.transport.protocol=smtp
spring.mail.properties.mail.smtp.port=587
spring.mail.properties.mail.smtp.auth=true

 

Our EmailService class responsible for sending emails 

@Component
public class JavaEmailService {

    private JavaMailSender mailSender;

    public JavaEmailService(JavaMailSender mailSender) {
        this.mailSender = mailSender;
    }

    public void sendEmail(){
        MimeMessagePreparator messagePreparator = mimeMessage -> {

            MimeMessageHelper helper = new MimeMessageHelper(mimeMessage);
            helper.setFrom("[email protected]");
            helper.setTo("[email protected]");
            helper.setSubject("Sample mail subject");
            helper.setText("Test Email");
        };

        mailSender.send(messagePreparator);
    }
}

We have used  JavaMailSender provided by Spring for email. Time to test the code. Here is the JUnit test

@RunWith(SpringRunner.class)
@SpringBootTest
public class EmailTest {

    @Autowired
    JavaEmailService javaEmailService;

    @Test
    public void sendEmail(){

        javaEmailService.sendEmail();

    }
}

Again, a minimal code and configuration were needed to send a simple email, Spring Boot Mail Starter ensured that all required tools are already in place to quickly start working on the real problem.

Notice that we’re using  JavaMailSender in JavaEmailService bean – the bean was automatically created by Spring Boot.

 

5. Test Starter

We normally use Junit, Mockito or Spring Test for testing our application.We can easily include all these libraries in our application by adding Spring Boot Test starter.

<dependency>
   <groupId>org.springframework.boot</groupId>
   <artifactId>spring-boot-starter-test</artifactId>
</dependency>

Spring Boot will automatically find our correct version to be used for our application test. Here is a sample JUnit test

@RunWith(SpringRunner.class)
@SpringBootTest
public class EmailTest {

    @Autowired
    JavaEmailService javaEmailService;

    @Test
    public void sendEmail(){

        javaEmailService.sendEmail();

    }
}

Apart from these starters, below are other frequently used Spring Boot Starters

  • spring-boot-starter-security 
  • spring-boot-starter-web-services
  • spring-boot-starter-integration
  • spring-boot-starter-validation
  • spring-boot-starter-actuator

As mentioned earlier, please refer to  Spring Boot Starter for up to date list of the starters provided by Spring Boot.

Summary

This article provides an Introduction to Spring Boot Starters, we discussed as to why do we need these starters and how they can help us to quickly bootstrap our application. We explored some of the most commonly used Spring Boot Starters.

Suggested reading

Building an Application with Spring Boot

Spring Profiles

Introduction to Spring Profiles Using Spring Boot

In this post, we will be exploring Spring Profiles using Spring Boot and will see how we can use it efficiently in our project.

 

Introduction

Spring Profiles provides a powerful and easy way to control code and configuration based on the environment. Using Spring Profiles it’s possible to segregate parts of our application and make it only available in certain environments. We can use @Profile annotation to limit the availability of any @Component  or @Configuration.

 

1. Use @Profile Annotation

Main entry point for the Spring Profile is @Profile annotation which can be used to group things together. Let’s take a simple example for a Database connection bean where we want to make sure that certain DB connection should be active only in DEV mode but not in production or QA / Staging. We can use @Profile annotation to achieve this.

@Service
@Profile("development")
public class DevDBConnection implements  DatabaseService {
    
    @Override
    public void getDBConnection() {
        System.out.println("DEV DB connection established");
    }
}

Since we annotated DevDBConnection bean with “development” profile, it will only be available in the Spring container if development profile is active, in other words, if development profile is not active, this bean will not be available/active.  

Default profile used by Spring profile is the default. All the beans with no profile annotation are specified belongs to the default profile. We can also set default profile in Spring Boot by  @Profile("default") or @Profile({"default","development"}).

 

2. Use @Profile Annotation

Spring Boot provides multiple ways to active profile. We can pass profile information through the command line or use application.properties, Spring Boot also provide a way to set profile programmatically.

2.1 Using Command Line

We can pass profile information to Spring Boot using the switch through command prompt —spring.profiles.active=development,staging

 
2.2 Using Property File

We can use standard Spring environment property spring.profiles.active property in our application.properties or application.yaml to specify active profiles.

spring.profiles.active=development,staging
 
2.3 Programmatically setting profile

We can programmatically set active profile by calling setAdditionalProfiles(...) method provided by SpringApplication class

SpringApplication app = new SpringApplication(Application.class);
app.setAdditionalProfiles("development","production");

Take a note that spring.profiles.active property follows same ordering rule as followed by other properties defined by Spring Boot. Highest property source will overwrite any other property defined in the hierarchy. Please refer to Spring Boot documentation to understand how Spring Boot read these properties.

3. Profile Specific Configurations

One of the most interesting and powerful features provided by Spring Boot is the ability to define profile specific application.properties file and active these by main application.properties file.

To use profile specific configuration files, we need to the naming convention of application-{profile}.properties where profile defines the name of the intended profile. Profile specific files will be loaded from the same location as application.properties file, also be aware that profile specific properties will override properties defined in the default application.properties irrespective of whether the profile-specific files are inside or outside your packaged jar.

To understand it completely, let’s take the same example of Database configuration where we want to define different DB configurations for Development and Production.To achieve this using configuration files, we will define 2 configuration file namely application-production.properties and application-development.properties. 

application-production.properties

db.url=jdbc:oracle:thin:@<host>:1521:<sid>
db.driver=oracle.jdbc.driver.OracleDriver
db.username=<username>
db.password=<password>
db.tableprefix= 

application-development.properties

db.url=jdbc:hsqldb:file:configurations
db.driver=org.hsqldb.jdbcDriver
db.username=sa
db.password=
db.tableprefix=

In above example we used HSQL for Development while we want to use Oracle for production and based on the active profile, we can easily switch DB configurations.

Please read @ConfigurationProperties in Spring Boot to understand how Spring Boot Configuration works

4. Complete Example

Here is a complete example to understand how Spring Boot Profile work.

DataBase Service

public interface DatabaseService {

    void getDBConnection();
}

Development Profile

@Service
@Profile("development")
public class DevDBConnection implements  DatabaseService {

    @Override
    public void getDBConnection() {
        System.out.println("DEV DB connection established");
    }
}

Production Profile

@Service
@Profile("production")
public class ProdDBConnection implements DatabaseService {

    @Override
    public void getDBConnection() {
        
        System.out.println("Product DB connection establish");
    }
}

Spring Boot Runner

@SpringBootApplication
public class SpringbootTutorialsApplication implements CommandLineRunner{

   @Autowired
    DatabaseService databaseService;

    public static void main(String[] args) {

      SpringApplication.run(SpringbootTutorialsApplication.class, args);
   }

    /**
     * Callback used to run the bean.
     *
     * @param args incoming main method arguments
     * @throws Exception on error
     */
    @Override
    public void run(String... args) throws Exception {
        databaseService.getDBConnection();
    }
}

output

if you run above example with development profile as active profile, we will have the following output

DEV DB connection established

5. Conclusion

In this post, we covered Spring Profile features, we learned how to use Spring Profile in Spring Boot using different options.Spring profile is a powerful way enable right profile in our application, ability to define profile specific configuration files in Spring Boot gives a lot of flexibility to manage our applications.

Spring Events

Introduction to Spring Events

In this post, we will be covering Spring Events which is a way to loosely couple component in your application for better design and easy exchange of information.

 

1. Introduction

Spring Events are part of the Spring Framework for the very easy phase of the framework, however, I believe that this is one of the most overlooked features of the Spring Framework. Spring Events provide a lot of features and capabilities and one of the most interesting among those are event publishing provided by ApplicationContext.

Application events are not used that frequently in the real world application, however, Spring Framework internally use a lot of these events to communicate various events, with the introduction of the Spring Boot, it has become more interesting.

Spring 4.1 introduced @EventListener,  annotation driven event Listener which removed all the complexities of defining your EventListner.@EventListener is a core annotation that is handled transparently in a similar fashion as @Autowired and others: no extra configuration is necessary with java config

 

2. Custom Events

To understand it more clearly, we will create and publish a custom Spring Event. Spring provides flexibility to create and publish custom events which by default will be synchronous.

We will work on a  simple example of customer registration, we will publish a simple CustomerRegistration event whenever a new customer registers with our application. We will let all listeners handle this event and perform applicable action (e.g sending email on customer registrations)

2.1 Custom Events

In this example, we will create simple CustomerRegistrationEvent which will be used to store customer data (in our case just customer name)

public class CustomerRegistrationEvent {

    private String name;

    public CustomerRegistrationEvent(String name) {
        this.name = name;
    }

    public String getName() {
        return name;
    }
}

Before Spring 4.2, we were required to extend ApplicationEvent which is no longer required, this change has its own merits as it is much easier to publish events while it can be hard to trek events in large applications.

 

2.2 Custom Events Listener

As part of our example, we need a listener which should listen to the event being published and make sure to act accordingly in case event published by the service is of interest (if given listener is registered for the given event) 

 

@Component
public class CustomerRegistrationEventListener {

    @EventListener
    void handleRegistration(CustomerRegistrationEvent event){
        System.out.println("Registration event got triggered for customer::  " + event.getName());
    }
}

 

With Spring 4.2, you are not required to implement ApplicationListener or something similar but a simple @EventListener annotation is sufficient to declare it as a Listener.

Spring will create an ApplicationListener instance for the event with a type taken from the method argument. There is no limitation on the number of annotated methods in one class – all related event handlers can be grouped into one class.

 

2.3 Publishing Events

We will create a publisher which will be responsible for the following tasks

  1. It will create an event object.
  2. It will publish that event to all who are listening to this event.

We need ApplicationEventPublisher in our code to simply publish given event.

@Autowired
private ApplicationEventPublisher publisher;

public void publishEvent(final String name) {
    publisher.publishEvent(new CustomerRegistrationEvent(name));
}

 

3. Async Events

As mentioned earlier, these events work in Async mode, which means publisher thread will block until all the listeners (who are listing to this event) have finished processing this event.This can lead to a certain issue in terms of application scaling where we want to run these events in Async mode and let rest of the application to work normally.

To allow Spring to handle events asynchronously, we need to redefine ApplicationEventMulticaster with an executor.

@Bean(name = "applicationEventMulticaster")
ApplicationEventMulticaster applicationEventMulticaster() {
    SimpleApplicationEventMulticaster eventMulticaster = new SimpleApplicationEventMulticaster();
    eventMulticaster.setTaskExecutor(new SimpleAsyncTaskExecutor());
    eventMulticaster.setErrorHandler(TaskUtils.LOG_AND_SUPPRESS_ERROR_HANDLER);
    return eventMulticaster;
}

This will enable asynchronously mode at the global level (at the ApplicationContext level), this means that all method annotated with @EventListener will be executed asynchronously.

Another most easier way is to use @Async annotation

@Async
@EventListener
void handleRegistration(CustomerRegistrationEvent event){
    System.out.println("Registration event got triggered for customer::  " + event.getName());
}

We need to make to enable asynchronous method execution by enabling @EnableAsync

 

4. Filtering

We can also use condition attribute on our listener to filter certain events.Let’s say we want to listen to only CustomerRegistration event if this is a B2B customer.

 

@EventListener(condition = "#event.customerType=B2C")
void handleRegistration(CustomerRegistrationEvent event){
    System.out.println("Registration event got triggered for customer::  " + event.getName());
}

 

5. Transaction bound events

Spring provides a way to bound events to a certain phase of a transaction (e.g. publish an event when a transaction is complete). We can use @TransactionalEventListener annotation to achieve this behavior. When @TransactionalEventListener is present, Spring will automatically register this in place of default one.

To put it in simple words, this Listener will only invoke if there is a transaction running, in case of no running transaction, this will not be invoked at all.

 

Summary

In this post, we got an introduction to Spring Events.We learned how we can create custom events and how to use publish Spring events synchronously and asynchronously.We briefly covered as to how to use condition to filter events and transaction capabilities of the Spring Framework event system.