Building a simple AtomPub client with NetBeans IDE 7, Maven, Java and Apache Abdera

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Building a simple AtomPub client with NetBeans IDE 7, Maven, Java and Apache Abdera

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In my last article I showed you how to create and run a simple AtomPub server using Apache Abdera. Today we will create a client (using modified code provided in this guide as well as the Apache Abdera examples) to put some data into the AtomPub server.

At this point I assume you already have Java and NetBeans IDE 7 running, if not you can go here to get them both. I also assume you have some NetBeans IDE and Java knowledge.

Start NetBeans IDE 7 and create a new Maven Java project named: ATOMPubClient

Right-click on the Dependencies and select: Add Dependency… When the dialog opens up put in the Query textbox the following: abdera-client

In the App.java class (already created) modify it so the code looks like this:

 * Original code created by the Apache Abdera team
 * http://abdera.apache.org/
package com.giantflyingsaucer.atompubclient;
import java.util.Date;
import org.apache.abdera.Abdera;
import org.apache.abdera.factory.Factory;
import org.apache.abdera.model.Document;
import org.apache.abdera.model.Entry;
import org.apache.abdera.model.Feed;
import org.apache.abdera.protocol.Response.ResponseType;
import org.apache.abdera.protocol.client.AbderaClient;
import org.apache.abdera.protocol.client.ClientResponse;
public class App {
    public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {
        Abdera abdera = new Abdera();
        AbderaClient abderaClient = new AbderaClient(abdera);
        Factory factory = abdera.getFactory();
        Entry entry = factory.newEntry();
        entry.setTitle("This is the title");
        entry.setUpdated(new Date());
        entry.setContent("Hello World");
        report("The Entry to Post", entry.toString());
        Document<Entry> doc = abderaClient.post("http://localhost:9002/employee", entry).getDocument();
        report("The Created Entry", doc.getRoot().toString());
        ClientResponse resp = abderaClient.get("http://localhost:9002/employee");
        if (resp.getType() == ResponseType.SUCCESS) {
            Document<Feed> docFeed = resp.getDocument();
            report("The Returned Feed", docFeed.getRoot().toString());
        } else {
          // Error
    private static void report(String title, String message) {
        System.out.println("== " + title + " ==");
        if (message != null)

This is very simple, an entry is created and the feed is returned – nothing more. I’ve ignored the capability of editing and deleting. This code can be improved in several ways but my purpose was just to make it a bit easier for developers to get started with Apache Abdera and to supplement the existing documents.

The full source code is available here.

From http://www.giantflyingsaucer.com/blog/?p=2961


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