Category Archives: Java Technologies

RestTemplateBuilder and @RestClientTest in Spring Boot 1.4.0

Spring Boot 1.4.0 is now available. Among the enhancements are new mechanisms to build and test RestTemplates used to make calls to RESTful web services.

No code REST services with Spring Boot and Spring Data REST

CRUD REST services are the backbone of a microservice architecture. If we want to use microservices rather than monolithic applications, it’s essential that we can create a basic service with a minimum of effort. Spring Boot can be used to quickly create and deploy a new web service. Spring Data REST can be used to build out the REST interface based on a database entity model. Using both together allows us to create a running RESTful web service with zero custom Java code and no tricky XML.

This how-to describes how to build a RESTful web service as an executable JAR that provides CRUD operations against a single MySQL database table.

WebSocket push notifications with Node.js

The Node.js website describes it as having “an event-driven, non-blocking I/O model that makes it lightweight and efficient”. Sounds lovely, but what’s it actually for?

Modulus’s excellent blog post – An Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Node.js provides some rather tasty examples. After covering the trivial examples (Hello world! and simple file I/O), it gets to the meat of what we’re about – an HTTP server. The simple example demonstrates a trivial HTTP server in Node.js in 5 lines of code. Not 5 lines of code compiled to an executable or deployed into an existing web server. 5 lines of code that can be run from a simple command. It then goes on to describe the frameworks and libraries that let you do really useful stuff.

This looks just the thing for implementing a new feature in the Spanners demo app: push notifications to all logged-in users when a spanner is changed.

Protecting Service Methods with Spring Security Annotations

Any class or method can be protected with Spring Security using either AOP interceptors or expression based annotations on the class or method.

Maven release plugin

If you’re doing this sort of process manually it will take a while. Instead, it can be done by Maven using two goals – release:prepare and release:perform.

Web service testing with soapUI

soapUI is an essential free tool for testing SOAP and other web service protocols. It was particularly useful for testing the SpannersWS demo as it works well with WSS.

Spring-WS and Security

Security mechanisms are notoriously difficult to implement. By their nature they’re designed to prevent something from working unless it is used exactly correctly. Having Spring-WS do the heavy lifting makes our application far more likely to work and far more likely to be secure.

Test Coverage

Using code test coverage analysis we’ve got a new metric we can use to judge the quality of our code. As with any metric though, some discretion is required… I find that this sort of tool is mostly useful to catch dumb mistakes.


DbUnit is a JUnit extension targeted at database-driven projects that, among other things, puts your database into a known state between test runs.

Tapestry Quickstart

As if the ten minute setup time wasn’t good enough Tapestry allows deployment of changes without having to recompile anything.