In this article I’d like to explain two things. First, what to do when you want to restrict JAX-RS providers to be used on, for example, client-side only. And second, what are the issues (and how to solve them) with injecting providers when you create and register instances of them directly.
During our last sprint I was porting support for CDI injections for EARs that contain multiple JAX-RS web applications (WARs). This worked fine in Jersey 1 and it works on WebLogic but we didn’t have support for these kind of deployments directly in Jersey (which means that Glassfish was affected as well) until this very moment. I’d like to share some findings I’ve made while working on this task.
Last week Pavel wrote and published an interesting blog post about Why Checkstyle matters … I remember how he was describing his encounter with JeroMQ to me. Especially the part where he wasn’t able to build the project for a few times because of the Checkstyle issues that pop-up right after he executed the build. I found the whole idea behind running code style checks during build appealing as well and decided to do something similar for Jersey.
Sometimes it would be nice to have a possibility to wrap a resource method call. Imagine a use-case in which you need to process business code, placed in your resource method, in a transaction (open transaction before resource method, commit or rollback transaction at the end) or apply some advanced security constraints. If you’re using JAX-RS together with CDI in your application it’s not a problem to do such things. Fortunately, with Jersey it’s also possible to do those things outside of CDI.
In this article I’d like to introduce some of the new features, important bug fixes and other noteworthy changes.
As some of you may have already noticed, we’ve recently released Jersey 2.6 (Reference Implementation of JAX-RS – Java API for RESTful Web Services). In this article I’d like to introduce some of the new features, important bug fixes and other noteworthy changes.
Although I am not a big fan of sending JSON in other places than in the message body as the entity, for example in query parameter in case of requests, it’s not a rare use-case and the way how it can be solved in JAX-RS 2.0 gives me a nice opportunity to illustrate usage of two new interfaces, ParamConverterProvider and ParamConverter. You can then re-use this approach to inject other media-types or formats your application relies on via @*Param annotations (@MatrixParam, @QueryParam, @PathParam, @CookieParam, @HeaderParam).
Few times I’ve ran into a situation in which I wanted to return only a part of entity I was working with, in my service, to the client-side. Feature that would allow me to send this partial set of fields should not only be driven by my own filtering rules but it also should take into consideration application roles the current user is in. It’s not an uncommon use-case I’d say so in Jersey we’d come up with the Entity Filtering concept that would allow you to do such a thing: sending subgraph of entities from server to client (and vice versa), define your own filtering rules and make sure users get only the fields they are supposed to see.
Since JAX-RS 2.0 you can use Bean Validation to validate inputs received from users and outputs created in your application. It’s a handy feature and in most cases it works great. But what if you’re using also MVC and you want to display custom error page if something goes wrong? Or what if you want to handle Bean Validation issues in a slightly different way than JAX-RS implementation you’re using does? This article will give you some answers to these questions.
Different life-cycles of Jersey 2 and GlassFish 4 arise a question how to make sure that ones GlassFish instance contains always the latest version of Jersey. This question is even more important in case you don’t want to download the nightly/promoted build every-time a new version of Jersey is released but you still want to use the latest and greatest Jersey.
Note: The script below is not compatible with Jersey 2.6 at the moment. I’ll update it as soon as possible.