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Building Microservices With Wildfly Swarm

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Building Microservices With Wildfly Swarm

See how easy it is to build and deploy microservices with lightweight Wildfly Swarm containers.

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Wildfly Swarm is a lightweight container for deploying apps and services using various JEE specifications. It supports the full project lifecycle using its own Maven dependency management and build plugin.

For initial development, we are leveraging a JAX-RS based microservice-starter application. More about the lifecycle is explained below.

Packaging

Wildfly Swarm provides its own Maven support to package the code and it's dependencies as an Uber jar, including the container itself. For this, you need to add the following build plugin.

<build>
  <plugins>
    <plugin>
      <groupId>org.wildfly.swarm</groupId>
      <artifactId>wildfly-swarm-plugin</artifactId>
      <version>2018.3.3</version>
      <executions>
        <execution>
          <goals><goal>package</goal></goals>
        </execution>
      </executions>
    </plugin>
  </plugins>
</build>

Deployment

Wildfly Swarm is an embeddable container that provides support for multiple deployment options. It can deploy web, JAXRS, and EJB containers. You can add a specific fraction for deploying only the required container.

<dependency>
  <groupId>org.wildfly.swarm</groupId>
  <artifactId>jaxrs</artifactId>
  <version>2018.3.3</version>
</dependency>

Launcher

A Wildfly Swarm container can be launched using standard as well as customer launchers.

  • Standard - Just run the following Maven goal on the project.
mvn wildfly-swarm:run
  • Custom - Add an Application class to programmatically invoke and deploy containers.
Swarm swarm = new Swarm();
swarm.start();

JAXRSArchive deployment = ShrinkWrap.create(JAXRSArchive.class);
deployment.addClass(HelloWorldResource.class);
swarm.deploy(deployment);

Here we are using the ShrinkWrap API to programmatically create a deployable archive at runtime.

The complete example can found here at microservice-starter-wildflyswarm.

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wildfly swarm ,microservices ,containers ,tutorial

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