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.

Scopes

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.

Application module class:

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.

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.

Module class:

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.

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

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).

Summary

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.

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 :

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.

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.

Bash command:

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 :

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Java Spring Boot project setup

You can get source code of this project from github repository “SpringBootMyApp” .

Create Spring Boot Maven project

Go to Spring Boot project generator web site and select minimal project definition with dependencies :

  • Web:  dependency for embedded tomcat server
  • jOOQ: integrated SQL query language and data model code generator
  • Flyway: database model migration tool
  • Postgresql JDBC driver

After downloading ZIP project file, unzip it to some folder and open folder in IntelliJ IDE environment.

Startup class

The project will automatically include embedded tomcat server and spring application start will configure whole application at startup.

Setup project properties

Under src/main/resources find file application.properties and add configuration for database access  and flyway configuration. Your application will start migration procedure at every application start and syncronize to the correct version automatically.

Flyway migration files

You need a folder where your SQL migration files will reside:

Add first migration file, for example “create currency table” will be saved in file V1_0_0__currency.sql:

Be extra careful with names , first part (V1_0_0) is version of migration file, second part of the name is a description, separated with two underline characters.

The scripts must be correct SQL! Validate it first in database environment. If script is not valid, migration procedure will break and you will probably have hard time to figure out what was wrong.

Now you run your application and your database must be prepared according to migration script changes automatically. Flyway start automatically with your application.

More information on this video tutorial for flyway and spring boot..

Maven plugin settings

If you want more control around code generation and migration life cycle, you add flyway and jooq plugins:

Add this properties to the properties section in pom.xml file:

  • Database connection settings in pom.xml will be used by jooq code generator and flyway migration maven plugins.

Flyway and Jooq dependency and version

You probably already have it from generated pom.xml, add it if you don’t have it.

Version was not required by spring boot but I put version in because I encounter differences between plugin version and spring boot version of the libraries.

Now you need to define plugin definitions as :

Flyway and Jooq maven commands

After you add plugin definitions to maven pom.xml file you get new lifecycle commands :

When flyway commands are used directly they search for SQL files in the target “classes” folder and not in the source tree (“src”). When project compiled the files, target folder is synchronized with the current version of code in the source tree.

After compiling project you could run “flyway:migrate” command for example. You can always check files in the target folder and delete it if you are not sure you have the latest version of the files.

Jooq code generation

Jooq generate data model code from your database. The code is added to the project in the namespace as you defined in plugin definition.  It’s wise to split plugin definition to properties and plugin definition part.

Every time you compile project, database model code is regenerated. Check here for more information about jooq.

You can check how database model code is regenerated simply by deleting a line from one of generated files and recompile the project again.

More about jooq & spring boot can be found here.

Create JSON service

Now I need to test the environment if everything is set in place as should be. I will create simple currency service as sample application and test basic CRUD operations.

Create simple data container class

To be able to send JSON payload back and forth from client to server we create a simple transport class:

Service class and database interaction with Jooq

Now we create service class with which we will interact with database :

REST controller with router mapping

On the end we need a controller class to expose access points for REST service:

Don’t forget to instantiate services with DI (dependency injection) with @Autowire annotation. This simplify development a lot !

Interactive testing

The service should in this point work as expected, just run application and navigate to “localhost:8080/api/currency”.

You can search for a specific currency with added path variable appended to Url address:

Postman application for Http API testing

To inspect service in more details on the client side, you can use Postman application.

Look at example ofadding a currency with a POST message:

In the headar I add “content-type” variable with value “application/json” and in the payload a json message with a new currency json structure. On the right side I received “200-OK” and a currency record with a record and new row identifier registered in the database.

 

TomEE: Java EE server database configuration

Configure database access

I use Apache TomEE server and therefore I need to configure it for database purpose before first use.

Install database driver

Drop database driver jar file in tomee/lib folder.

Configure datasource

Resources are usually defined in  server configuration file.

Add datasource resource definition in configuration file located in  tomee/conf/tomee.xml.

Verify configuration

After server (tomee service) restart, search for your datasource in log (example log file: tomee/logs/catalina.2016-11-26.log). You will find log entry with your resource id there:

If you restart server from inside netbeans,  just search in output window where log entries are shown.

Inject datasource in java code and use it

To inject instance of datasource where connection is needed you simply add annotation “@Resource” above variable declaration:

Let’s see whole example with select statement (jOOQ):

This example code is called from REST JSON service and result in the browser looks like this:

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JOOQ – database access layer

Add Java object oriented querying – JOOQ – to project

I love “database first” principle when talking to database. Why would I sacrifice majority of SQL powers, just to talk to database with some ORM technology ? Of course it depend on so many factors, but if you need something very close to database, JOOQ is a way to go.

JOOQ is open source if you use it with open source databases (MySql, Postgres, etc.) !

Configuration and setup

You need to download jooq library and unzip it to some folder (H:\JavaLib\jOOQ-3.8.6).

Code generation config

You need to add jooq config xml file to your project. I added jooq.xml to the root folder.

Run code generator

The simplest way is with bash command, this way will always work, even without any special build tool or IDE.

This script is compatible with git-bash on windows. The libraries and folders are of latest version, change to your specific version before run.

“jooq” script is saved in the “bin” folder which is on the path. Now I can run it from everywhere.

Inside Netbeans, open the terminal and type jooq command, you should be in project root folder, where configuration for jooq is.

Generated code

Jooq will generate code for all your tables. You will find new files in packages with name “*.generated.*” :

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