Syncfusion EJ2 AspNet Core Blazor components installation

If you need professional and supported set of components for server side / client side Blazor web applications use Syncfusion components.

More info:

Installation – NuGet packages :

  • Syncfusion.EJ2.Blazor


Configure method

Licensing is not needed in case of preview version and library don’t even contain “Licensing” namespace.

// Register Syncfusion license
Syncfusion.Licensing.SyncfusionLicenseProvider.RegisterLicense("...licence string...");


@addTagHelper *, Syncfusion.EJ2.Blazor

    <link href="" rel="stylesheet" />
    <!--    <link href="" rel="stylesheet" />-->
    <!--    <link href="" rel="stylesheet" />-->
    <script src=""></script>
    <script src=""></script></head>


@using Syncfusion.EJ2.Blazor<br>
@using Syncfusion.EJ2.Blazor.Calendars

Components usage in razor files

@page "/"
<h1>Hello, world!</h1>
Welcome to your new app.
<br />

The result

If everything is deployed as expected you should see similar result page:

MatBlazor components installation

AspNet Core – Server side Blazor framework


If you need open source components for Blazor you definitively need to look at MatBlazor component library.


  • MatBlazor nuget library
  • EmbeddedBlazorContent nuget library (for server side blazor projects)


Configure method

// Embedded blazor content get static content from depended DLLs 


Add additional “using” statement for MatBlazor

@using MatBlazor


@addTagHelper *, MatBlazor
@using EmbeddedBlazorContent

    <!-- static resources from dependent blazor libraries -->

Application bar sample

In the NavMenu.razor file add:

    <MatAppBar Fixed="true">
                <MatIconButton Icon="menu"></MatIconButton>
                <MatAppBarTitle>Trade scanner</MatAppBarTitle>
            <MatAppBarSection Align="@MatAppBarSectionAlign.End">
                <MatIconButton Icon="favorite"></MatIconButton>

After compile your application should look something like :

Blazor components are encoded without namespaces, it means @addTagHelper and @using statements are in place and working.

Database migrations with FluentMigrator

How to setup database migrations in AspNet Core 3 project and SQLite database

Add NuGet packages to projects with migration classes (data layer library):
– FluentMigrator
– Microsoft.Data.Sqlite

Add two additional NuGet packages to AspNet Core web project :
– FluentMigrator.Runner
– FluentMigrator.Runner.SQLite

Configure Startup.cs
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Threading.Tasks;
using Microsoft.AspNetCore.Builder;
using Microsoft.AspNetCore.Hosting;
using Microsoft.AspNetCore.HttpsPolicy;
using Microsoft.Extensions.Configuration;
using Microsoft.Extensions.DependencyInjection;
using Microsoft.Extensions.Hosting;

using FluentMigrator.Runner;
using FluentMigrator.Runner.Initialization;
using Bisaga.Core.Data.Model.Common;
using Trade.Core.Data.Model;

namespace Trade.Scanner
     public class Startup
        public Startup(IConfiguration configuration)
            Configuration = configuration;

        public IConfiguration Configuration { get; }

        // This method gets called by the runtime. Use this method to add services to the container.
        // For more information on how to configure your application, visit
        public void ConfigureServices(IServiceCollection services)

            //Setup data migrations 
                .ConfigureRunner(rb => rb
                    // Add SQLite support to FluentMigrator
                    // Set the connection string
                    // Define the assemblies containing the migrations
                ).AddLogging(lb => lb

            // Setup services 

        // This method gets called by the runtime. Use this method to configure the HTTP request pipeline.
        public void Configure(IApplicationBuilder app, IWebHostEnvironment env, IMigrationRunner migrationRunner)
            if (env.IsDevelopment())
                // The default HSTS value is 30 days. You may want to change this for production scenarios, see



            app.UseEndpoints(endpoints =>

            // Run database migrations 

Part of the statement: “.ScanIn(typeof(Company).Assembly).For.Migrations()” is where we define assembly (DLL) where the migration classes are. In case of multiple libraries we simply repeat same method again. The class defined in the “typeof” function could be any class from the targeted assembly.

Migration runner – MigrateUp procedure

To migrate database up we define interface of migration runner in the “Configure” method as parameter. The dependency injection will give us an instance of runner on which we run “MigrateUp” on. Configure will run immediately after ConfigureServices in the application start process.

Sample migration class

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Text;
using FluentMigrator;
namespace Bisaga.Core.Data.Migrations
  public class AddCompanyExhangeStock : Migration
    public override void Up()     {         


       .WithColumn("ExchangeId").AsInt64().ForeignKey("Exchange", "Id");

    public override void Down()     {         
       throw new NotImplementedException();

More informations :

Sakila- Dagger 2 Dependency Injection

REST web server and dependency injection

The code from this article is available here.

I described basic usage of Dagger 2 already in this article, now we need to implement dependency injection mechanism in the web application. Typical web application would have at least two layers, one for the web server itself and another for client request processing.

Spark Java web server internally use embedded Jetty web server. To setup and start the server we provide some central services like configurations, authentication, statistics etc. Those services are usually instantiated once per whole application.

For each client request a new thread is allocated for the whole duration until the request is processed. Each client request trigger a method defined in the router.

Depend on the design decisions but we usually want that each request will be processed by new object instance (an example is ActorResource in the picture). We will probably have multi threaded problems or simply data leaks from one user to another if we don’t create new instance each time the request is received.

Some objects needed in the typical request processing scenario have different lifecycle requirements, for example database transaction object must be the same for the whole duration of the started transaction but different for each user. There are times when we need two independent transactions in one service request for example. Transactions are span over multiple service objects for example.

On the other side when we do not require transaction (read only processing) we would be better of if we use first available connection allocated to us from the connection pool for the smallest amount of time possible.

As we see from the use cases above there are very different lifecycle scenarios and dependency injection must support them all.


We will need at least two scopes for our web application. First scope is application level scope. In the dagger this scope is on by default. Each time we tag a class as a “@Singleton”, the object will be instantiated on the application level and all subsequent requests for this object will return the same instance. So the singleton representing an “application scope” by default. No need for specific scope definitions.

Classes without any scope annotations (no @Singleton or any other scope) are always provided with a new instance.

To manage injection on the application level we create ApplicationComponent interface and ApplicationModule class.

package com.bisaga.sakila.dagger;

import com.bisaga.sakila.Application;
import com.bisaga.sakila.server.ConfigProperties;
import com.bisaga.sakila.server.RequestSession;

import dagger.Component;
import javax.inject.Singleton;

@Component(modules = {ApplicationModule.class})
public interface ApplicationComponent {

    // we first need to create instance of Application on which we will inject dagger into
    Application application();

    // Parent component is obliged to declare sub components getters inside its interface (RequestScope component)
    RequestComponent requestComponent();

    // We will need new instance of RequestSession for each user requests (save instance to the request attributes)
    String REQUEST_SESSION_ATTR_NAME = "requestSession";
    RequestSession requestSession();

    ConfigProperties configProperties();


Application module class:

package com.bisaga.sakila.dagger;

import com.bisaga.sakila.server.ConfigProperties;
import com.bisaga.sakila.server.HikariProperties;
import com.bisaga.sakila.server.RuntimeEnvironment;
import com.bisaga.sakila.server.GsonTransformer;
import com.zaxxer.hikari.HikariConfig;
import com.zaxxer.hikari.HikariDataSource;
import dagger.Module;
import dagger.Provides;
import spark.ResponseTransformer;

import javax.inject.Named;
import javax.inject.Singleton;
import java.util.Properties;

public class ApplicationModule {
    // this is a parameter member variable
    private RuntimeEnvironment runtimeEnvironment;

    // we need an constructor to take parameter in
    public ApplicationModule(RuntimeEnvironment runtimeEnvironment) {
        this.runtimeEnvironment = runtimeEnvironment;

    // This provide method at the creation of the instance of ConfigProperties object take the parameter from the local member variable.
    public ConfigProperties provideConfigProperties() {
        return new ConfigProperties(runtimeEnvironment);

    // All provide methods should be static, generated dagger code is much simpler and smaller,
    // except when module member variables are needed to create new instances
    // Gson constructor is not available to be annotated with inject (not our source), instead we write provider method
    // the method is static, because we do not need any module member variable to build new instance
    public static Gson provideGson(){
        return new GsonBuilder().setPrettyPrinting().create();

    // Here we provide an instance of the ResponseTransformer interface. Because we didn't define which implementation
    // we need at injecting place we write provide method with the injected parameter expressed with a required interface type
    // If we have more then one possible implementation, we put on "Named" annotation and associate the same name at
    // injected constructor variable
    public static ResponseTransformer provideResponseTransformer(GsonTransformer gsonTransformer){
        return gsonTransformer;

    // here we provide a String instance. We need the provide method, because many "String" objects are possible.
    // We use "Named" annotation to be able to differentiate this one from other possible provide methods.
    // At injecting place we also define same "Named" annotation to connect the proper one
    // The method could be static, because is independent of local member variables
    public static String provideApiKey(){
        return "01657172-ecc0-4cb6-8486-5e7e05a0876f";

    // Here we provide external library class as singleton with our extended properties class as constructor parameter
    public static HikariConfig provideHikariConfig(HikariProperties properties) {
        return new HikariConfig(properties);

    // Here we provide external library class as singleton (Hikari Connection Pool Data source, holder of pooled connections)
    public static HikariDataSource provideHikariDataSource(HikariConfig config) {
        return new HikariDataSource(config);


At the application level example we present next use cases:

  • creating an instance with the supplied constructor parameter (ConfigProperties service)
  • instantiate objects  from the external dependencies with provide method (Gson)
  • instantiate specific implementation for an interface (ResponseTransformer interface)
  • instantiate an String object with named annotation (using name as differentiator)

Request scope

To create “request scope” we write one annotation interface (“@interface”) one component (RequestComponent) and at least one module class (RequestModule). The component must have sub-component annotation.

To manage DI on the request scope level we create annotation type interface RequestScope , RequestComponent interface and RequestModule class.

public @interface RequestScope {

Just to be clear I want to emphasize that each class annotated with the “@RequestScope”  annotation will be instantiated exactly once per created instance of RequestComponent class.  It means that scope annotations represent local singletons.

package com.bisaga.sakila.dagger;

import com.bisaga.sakila.resource.ActorResource;
import com.bisaga.sakila.server.*;
import dagger.Subcomponent;

import java.sql.Connection;

@Subcomponent(modules = {RequestModule.class})
public interface RequestComponent {

    ActorResource actorResource();

Module class:

package com.bisaga.sakila.dagger;

import com.bisaga.sakila.dbmodel.tables.daos.ActorDao;
import com.bisaga.sakila.server.JooqConfigurationBuilder;
import com.bisaga.sakila.server.Transaction;
import com.bisaga.sakila.server.TransactionBuilder;
import dagger.Module;
import dagger.Provides;
import org.jooq.Configuration;
import org.jooq.DSLContext;
import org.jooq.impl.DSL;

import javax.inject.Named;

public class RequestModule {

    // Provides primary transaction/connection for the whole time request ran (loaded at the first component needs)
    // Because it is request scoped, it will be called only once, any other time the request scoped instance will return
    public static Transaction provideTransaction(TransactionBuilder transactionBuilder) {
        return transactionBuilder.create(false);    // default autoCommit=False, commit/rollback must be called manually

    // Default configuration with transactions enabled, this is RequestScoped default database connection
    public static Configuration provideConfiguration(JooqConfigurationBuilder jooqConfigurationBuilder) {

    // Default DSLContext with default configuration
    public static DSLContext provideDSLContext(Configuration configuration) {
        return DSL.using(configuration);

    public static ActorDao provideActorDao(Configuration configuration){
        return new ActorDao(configuration);


We use localized singletons especially for the transaction and jooq data access support.

Provide methods are optional, we can decorate classes in the source code with the corresponding annotations.

Service classes

If we analyze the code in the consumer classes, it become ridiculously simple.  All externalized requirements are created by the dagger code almost hassle free.

In the ActorResource class for example we analyze received request,  extract parameters and start business logic. The transaction object is created on the request scope and pass down to all service objects in need to collaborate in the same database transaction.

package com.bisaga.sakila.resource;

import com.bisaga.sakila.dagger.RequestScope;
import com.bisaga.sakila.dbmodel.tables.pojos.Actor;
import com.bisaga.sakila.server.Transaction;
import com.bisaga.sakila.service.ActorService;
import org.slf4j.Logger;
import org.slf4j.LoggerFactory;
import spark.Request;
import spark.Response;

import javax.inject.Inject;
import java.util.List;

public class ActorResource {
    private static final Logger LOG = LoggerFactory.getLogger(ActorResource.class);
    private final Transaction transaction;
    private final ActorService actorService;

    public ActorResource(
            Transaction transaction,
            ActorService actorService
    ) {
        this.transaction = transaction;
        this.actorService = actorService;

    public List<Actor> getActors(Request request, Response response) {
        try {
            // Analyse & extract request parameters

            // multiple SQL statements within single transaction, first we need to start the transaction

            // Call services with parameters (if any)
            List<Actor> actors = actorService.getActors();

            // Commit transaction and release the underline connection to the pool

            // Return list, it will be transformed by GsonTransformer and returned to the browser as Json
            return actors;

        // Catch expected business exceptions and throw them with meaningful messages and present them to the customer
        } catch (Exception e) {
            // Rollback transaction and release the underline connection to the pool
            // rethrow all exceptions to master exception handler which create response for the customer
            throw e;

In the ActorService class we receive all constructor parameters from the dagger automatically.

package com.bisaga.sakila.service;

import com.bisaga.sakila.dagger.RequestScope;
import com.bisaga.sakila.dbmodel.tables.daos.ActorDao;
import com.bisaga.sakila.dbmodel.tables.pojos.Actor;
import org.jooq.DSLContext;
import org.slf4j.Logger;
import org.slf4j.LoggerFactory;

import javax.inject.Inject;
import java.util.List;

public class ActorService {
    private static final Logger LOG = LoggerFactory.getLogger(ActorService.class);

    private final DSLContext db;
    private final ActorDao actorDao;

    public ActorService(DSLContext db, ActorDao actorDao) {
        this.db = db;
        this.actorDao = actorDao;

    public List<Actor> getActors() {
        return actorDao.findAll();

    public Actor getActor(int id) {
        return actorDao.fetchOneByActorId(id);

The class ActorService require two objects at the constructor: jooq DSLContext  class and ActorDao class.

DSLContext class is part of the Jooq data access library and is instantiated with the provider method “provideDSLContext”. It is annotated as @RequestScope it means the RequestComponent will keep single instance of it for the duration of one request cycle.

ActorDao object is also generated by Jooq library so we couldn’t tag it with scope annotation in the source (so we wrote the provideActorDao method in the request module).


Dagger calculate all dependencies in the compile time and generate the required code for the whole graph of dependencies and is able to instantiate appropriate objects at appropriate times really fast.

The code from this article is available here.

Other resources:

More about dagger scopes, sub-components .

Sakila: Sample app project setup

This sample application will integrate quite a few very nice open source tools available to every developer:

  • Postgresql – database
  • Flyway – database migration tool
  • Jooq – Java object oriented querying + HikariCP connection pool
  • Dagger 2 – dependency injection
  • SparkJava – fast and simple web server + GSON Json serializer
  • JavaScript Polymer SPA application framework
  • Vaadin Elements components

The application will consist of many modules :

Postgresql – database

Initialize sample database

For start we will install sample sakila database  in the local Postgresql database. Restore downloaded file into locally created database.

C:\Program Files\PostgreSQL\9.6\bin\pg_restore.exe --host "localhost" --port "5432" --username "postgres" --no-password --dbname "sakila" --no-owner --no-tablespaces --verbose "C:\\DVDRENTAL.TAR"

Sakila sample database is open source demo database and represent database model of DVD rental store. It  consist of  15 relational tables, 7 views and few other database details and it’s full of data.

Well that’s database with full of test data for development environment. If we need empty database (for production for example) we need to start initialization DDL script to build the database.

To create the script from the existing database use the command pg_dump which is capable of exporting database in the form of sql commands :

pg_dump -s -U postgres sakila > V1.0.1__sakila_init.sql

To export database without any data , only schema definitions we use “schema only” (-s) option.

Flyway migrations

Create flyway config file and “migrations” folder under the project root.


Add “fw” command somewhere on the path.

/c/Programs/flyway-4.2.0/flyway $@

Put the “V1.0.1__sakila_init.sql” file in the migrations folder. If everything works as expected the “info” command should report the pending migration.

Flyway migration and initial database state after database restore

After restoring the database with test data in it we need to “baseline” initial migration. Initial sql script to create empty database was bypassed with restore. The V1.0.1__sakila_init.sql migration script was still pending.

With the baseline command we agree that the migration is not needed and you mark the migration version as migrated.


Setup java server project

In the IDE (IntelliJ IDEA Community 2017.2) create new console type project “sakilaweb/server”.

Setup git-bash terminal as default intellij terminal

Jooq – object oriented querying

Create jooq config file and add jooq command somewhere on the path.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="yes"?>
<configuration xmlns="">
    <!-- Configure the database connection here -->

        <!-- The default code generator. You can override this one, to generate your own code style.
             Supported generators:
             - org.jooq.util.JavaGenerator
             - org.jooq.util.ScalaGenerator
             Defaults to org.jooq.util.JavaGenerator -->

            <!-- The database type. The format here is:
                 org.util.[database].[database]Database -->

            <!-- The database schema (or in the absence of schema support, in your RDBMS this
                 can be the owner, user, database name) to be generated -->


            <!-- All elements that are generated from your schema
                 (A Java regular expression. Use the pipe to separate several expressions)
                 Watch out for case-sensitivity. Depending on your database, this might be important! -->

            <!-- All elements that are excluded from your schema
                 (A Java regular expression. Use the pipe to separate several expressions).
                 Excludes match before includes -->


            <!-- The destination package of your generated classes (within the destination directory) -->

            <!-- The destination directory of your generated classes. Using Maven directory layout here -->

Bash command:

java -classpath $CP org.jooq.util.GenerationTool jooq.xml

Add “jooq-3.10.1.jar” library to project dependencies. Add “postgresql-42.1.4.jar” if you use the same database.

Run code generation tool with “jooq” command in the terminal at the project root.

After code was successfully generated in the “./database” folder you will get a bunch of database related code ready made ( database schema, POJOs, and DAOs).

The project with generated code will now look like :

Setup Dagger 2

Configure IDEA for annotations processor.

Add dagger dependencies (dagger-compiler only as “Provided” because it is used only for code generation ).

Setup SparkJava web server

Add few references to the project dependencies and setup “hello-world” web sample just to be sure everything is setup us expected before start real coding.


Create main procedure as :

package com.bisaga.sakila;

import static spark.Spark.*;

public class Main {

    public static void main(String[] args) {
        get("/hello", (req, res)-> "Hello !");

Now if you run the application you should already get the first page:

Publish to the github

First enable VSC support in the local project and add .gitignore file to the project. Next we add files to the local git repository created in the project.

If we want  to push code to the remote repository we need to create it to have repository to commit to. Login to the github and create new empty repository.

The code for the server side project is available here.



Next : In the next installment I will put the generated database layer into the use and expose first REST service.