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A Webapp Makeover with Spring 4 and Spring Boot

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A typical Maven and Spring web application has a fair amount of XML and  verbosity to it. Add in Jersey and Spring Security and you can have hundreds of lines of  XML before you even start to write your Java code. As part of a recent project, I was tasked with upgrading a webapp like this to use Spring 4 and  Spring Boot. I also figured I'd try to minimize the XML.

This is my story on how I upgraded to Spring 4, Jersey 2, Java 8 and Spring Boot 0.5.0 M6. 

When I started, the app was using Spring 3.2.5, Spring Security 3.1.4 and Jersey 1.18. The pom.xml had four Jersey dependencies, three Spring dependencies and three Spring Security dependencies, along with a number of exclusions for "jersey-spring".

Upgrading to Spring 4
Upgrading to Spring 4 was easy, I changed the version property to 4.0.0.RC2 and added the new  Spring bill of materials to my pom.xml. I also add the Spring milestone repo since Spring 4 won't be released to Maven central until tomorrow.

<dependencyManagement>
    <dependencies>
        <dependency>
            <groupId>org.springframework</groupId>
            <artifactId>spring-framework-bom</artifactId>
            <version>${spring.framework.version}</version>
            <type>pom</type>
            <scope>import</scope>
        </dependency>
    </dependencies>
</dependencyManagement>

<repositories>
    <repository>
        <id>spring-milestones</id>
        <url>http://repo.spring.io/milestone</url>
        <snapshots>
            <enabled>true</enabled>
        </snapshots>
    </repository>
</repositories>

Next, I removed all the references to ${spring.framework.version} in dependencies since it'd  be controlled by Maven's dependency management feature.

     <dependency>
         <groupId>org.springframework</groupId>
         <artifactId>spring-web</artifactId>
-        <version>${spring.framework.version}</version>
     </dependency>

I also changed to use Maven 3's wildcard syntax to exclude multiple  dependencies.

    <dependency>
        <groupId>com.sun.jersey.contribs</groupId>
        <artifactId>jersey-spring</artifactId>
        <exclusions>
             <exclusion>
                 <groupId>org.springframework</groupId>
-                    <artifactId>spring</artifactId>
-                </exclusion>
-                <exclusion>
-                    <groupId>org.springframework</groupId>
-                    <artifactId>spring-core</artifactId>
-                </exclusion>
-                <exclusion>
-                    <groupId>org.springframework</groupId>
-                    <artifactId>spring-web</artifactId>
-                </exclusion>
-                <exclusion>
-                    <groupId>org.springframework</groupId>
-                    <artifactId>spring-beans</artifactId>
-                </exclusion>
-                <exclusion>
-                    <groupId>org.springframework</groupId>
-                    <artifactId>spring-context</artifactId>
+                    <artifactId>*</artifactId>
             </exclusion>
         </exclusions>
     </dependency>

I confirmed the upgrade worked by running "mvn dependency:tree | grep spring", followed by "mvn jetty:run" and viewing the app in my browser.

Upgrading to Jersey 2
The next item I tackled was upgrading to Jersey 2.4.1. I changed the version number in my pom.xml, then added the Jersey BOM.

<dependency>
    <groupId>org.glassfish.jersey</groupId>
    <artifactId>jersey-bom</artifactId>
    <version>${jersey.version}</version>
    <type>pom</type>
    <scope>import</scope>
</dependency>

You might ask "why Jersey?" if we already have Spring MVC and its REST support? You might also ask why not Play or Grails instead of a Java + Spring stack? For this particular project, I recommended technology options, and these were certainly among them. However, the team chose differently and I support their decision. The project is  creating an iOS app, as well as a responsive HTML5 mobile/desktop app. We figured we had enough risk with new technologies on the front-end that we should play it a bit safer on the backend. To make the backend work a bit sexier, we've decided to allow Spring 4, Java 8 and possibly some reactive principles.

Next, I changed from the old com.sun.jersey dependencies to org.glassfish.jersey and removed jersey-spring.

<dependency>
    <groupId>org.glassfish.jersey.containers</groupId>
    <artifactId>jersey-container-servlet</artifactId>
</dependency>
<dependency>
    <groupId>org.glassfish.jersey.media</groupId>
    <artifactId>jersey-media-json-jackson</artifactId>
</dependency>

The last thing I needed to do was change the servlet-class and param-name in web.xml:

<servlet>
    <servlet-name>jersey-servlet</servlet-name>
    <servlet-class>org.glassfish.jersey.servlet.ServletContainer</servlet-class>
    <init-param>
        <param-name>jersey.config.server.provider.packages</param-name>
        <param-value>com.raibledesigns.boot.service</param-value>
    </init-param>
    <load-on-startup>1</load-on-startup>
</servlet>

Requiring Java 8
Requiring Java 8 to compile was easy enough. I added the maven-compiler-plugin to enforce a minimum version.

<plugin>
    <artifactId>maven-compiler-plugin</artifactId>
    <version>3.1</version>
    <configuration>
        <source>1.8</source>
        <target>1.8</target>
    </configuration>
</plugin>

I downloaded the latest Java 8 SDK and installed it. Then I set my JAVA_HOME to use it.

export JAVA_HOME=`/usr/libexec/java_home -v 1.8`

Integrating Spring Boot
I learned about Spring Boot a few weeks ago at Devoxx. Josh Long gave me a 3-minute demo at the speaker's dinner and showed me enough to peak my interest. To integrate it into my project, I started with the Quick Start. I added the boot-parent, dependencies for web, security and actuator (logging, metrics, etc.) and the Maven plugin. I removed all the Spring and Spring Security dependencies.

<parent>
    <groupId>org.springframework.boot</groupId>
    <artifactId>spring-boot-starter-parent</artifactId>
    <version>0.5.0.M6</version>
</parent>
...
<pluginRepositories>
    <pluginRepository>
        <id>spring-milestones</id>
        <url>http://repo.spring.io/milestone</url>
    </pluginRepository>
</pluginRepositories>
...
<dependency>
    <groupId>org.springframework.boot</groupId>
    <artifactId>spring-boot-starter-web</artifactId>
</dependency>
<dependency>
    <groupId>org.springframework.boot</groupId>
    <artifactId>spring-boot-starter-security</artifactId>
</dependency>
<dependency>
    <groupId>org.springframework.boot</groupId>
    <artifactId>spring-boot-starter-actuator</artifactId>
</dependency>
...
<plugin>
    <groupId>org.springframework.boot</groupId>
    <artifactId>spring-boot-maven-plugin</artifactId>
</plugin>

Upon restarting my app, I got an error about spring-security.xml using a 3.1 XSD. I fixed it by changing to 3.2. Next, I wanted to eliminate web.xml. First of all, I created an ApplicationInitializer so the WAR could be started from the command line.

package com.raibledesigns.boot.config;

import org.springframework.boot.SpringApplication;
import org.springframework.boot.autoconfigure.EnableAutoConfiguration;
import org.springframework.boot.builder.SpringApplicationBuilder;
import org.springframework.boot.web.SpringBootServletInitializer;
import org.springframework.context.annotation.ComponentScan;
import org.springframework.context.annotation.Configuration;

@Configuration
@EnableAutoConfiguration
@ComponentScan
public class ApplicationInitializer extends SpringBootServletInitializer {

    @Override
    protected SpringApplicationBuilder configure(SpringApplicationBuilder application) {
        return application.sources(ApplicationInitializer.class);
    }

    public static void main(String[] args) {
        SpringApplication.run(ApplicationInitializer.class, args);
    }
}

However, after adding this, I received the following error on startup:

org.springframework.beans.factory.BeanCreationException: Error creating bean with name 
'org.springframework.boot.context.properties.ConfigurationPropertiesBindingPostProcessor': 
Invocation of init method failed; nested exception is 
java.lang.AbstractMethodError: org.hibernate.validator.internal.engine.ConfigurationImpl
.getDefaultParameterNameProvider()Ljavax/validation/ParameterNameProvider;

Adding hibernate-validator as a dependency solved this problem:

<dependency>
    <groupId>org.hibernate</groupId>
    <artifactId>hibernate-validator</artifactId>
</dependency>

To configure Spring Security without web.xml and spring-security.xml, I created WebSecurityConfig.java:

package com.raibledesigns.boot.config;

import org.springframework.context.annotation.Configuration;
import org.springframework.core.Ordered;
import org.springframework.core.annotation.Order;
import org.springframework.security.config.annotation.authentication.builders.AuthenticationManagerBuilder;
import org.springframework.security.config.annotation.web.builders.HttpSecurity;
import org.springframework.security.config.annotation.web.configuration.EnableWebSecurity;
import org.springframework.security.config.annotation.web.configuration.WebSecurityConfigurerAdapter;

@Configuration
@EnableWebSecurity
@Order(Ordered.LOWEST_PRECEDENCE - 6)
public class WebSecurityConfig extends WebSecurityConfigurerAdapter {
    @Override
    protected void configure(HttpSecurity http) throws Exception {
        http.authorizeRequests()
                .antMatchers("/", "/home").permitAll()
                .antMatchers("/v1.0/**").hasRole("USER")
                .anyRequest().authenticated();
        http.httpBasic().realmName("My API");
    }

    @Override
    protected void configure(AuthenticationManagerBuilder authManagerBuilder) throws Exception {
        authManagerBuilder.inMemoryAuthentication()
                .withUser("test").password("test123").roles("USER");
    }
}

To configure Jersey without web.xml, I created a JerseyConfig class:

package com.raibledesigns.boot.config;

import org.glassfish.jersey.filter.LoggingFilter;
import org.glassfish.jersey.jackson.JacksonFeature;
import org.glassfish.jersey.server.ResourceConfig;
import org.glassfish.jersey.server.ServerProperties;

import javax.ws.rs.ApplicationPath;

@ApplicationPath("/v1.0")
public class JerseyConfig extends ResourceConfig {

    public JerseyConfig() {
        packages("com.raibledesigns.boot.service");
        property(ServerProperties.BV_SEND_ERROR_IN_RESPONSE, true);
        property(ServerProperties.JSON_PROCESSING_FEATURE_DISABLE, false);
        property(ServerProperties.MOXY_JSON_FEATURE_DISABLE, true);
        property(ServerProperties.WADL_FEATURE_DISABLE, true);
        register(LoggingFilter.class);
        register(JacksonFeature.class);
    }
}

Finally, I created MvcConfig.java to set the welcome page.

package com.raibledesigns.boot.config;

import org.springframework.context.annotation.Configuration;
import org.springframework.web.servlet.config.annotation.ViewControllerRegistry;
import org.springframework.web.servlet.config.annotation.WebMvcConfigurerAdapter;

@Configuration
public class MvcConfig extends WebMvcConfigurerAdapter {

    @Override
    public void addViewControllers(ViewControllerRegistry registry) {
        registry.addViewController("/").setViewName("index");
    }
}

To cleanup, I deleted src/main/webapp/WEB-INF and created src/main/resources/logback.xml:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<configuration>
    <include resource="org/springframework/boot/logging/logback/base.xml"/>
    <logger name="org.springframework.boot" level="INFO"/>
    <logger name="org.springframework.security" level="ERROR"/>
</configuration>

Since Boot doesn't support JSP out-of-the-box, I renamed my index.jsp file to index.html and changed the URL in it to point to "/v1.0/hello". I was pleased to see that everything worked nicely. I learned shortly after that I could remove the Spring BOM since Spring Boot uses a <spring.version> property to control its Spring version.

The only issue I found is when started the app with "mvn package && java -jar target/app.war", it failed to initialize Jersey. I tried adding a @Bean for the servlet:

@Bean
public ServletRegistrationBean jerseyServlet() {
    ServletRegistrationBean registration = new ServletRegistrationBean(new ServletContainer(), "/v1.0/*");
    registration.addInitParameter(ServletProperties.JAXRS_APPLICATION_CLASS, JerseyConfig.class.getName());
    return registration;
}

Unfortunately, when running it using "java -jar", I get the following error:

org.glassfish.hk2.api.MultiException: A MultiException has 1 exceptions.  They are:
1. org.glassfish.jersey.server.internal.scanning.ResourceFinderException: 
java.io.FileNotFoundException: /.../target/app.war!/WEB-INF/classes (No such file or directory)
	at org.jvnet.hk2.internal.Utilities.justCreate(Utilities.java:869)
	at org.jvnet.hk2.internal.ServiceLocatorImpl.create(ServiceLocatorImpl.java:814)
	at org.jvnet.hk2.internal.ServiceLocatorImpl.createAndInitialize(ServiceLocatorImpl.java:906)
	at org.jvnet.hk2.internal.ServiceLocatorImpl.createAndInitialize(ServiceLocatorImpl.java:898)
	at org.glassfish.jersey.server.ApplicationHandler.createApplication(ApplicationHandler.java:300)
	at org.glassfish.jersey.server.ApplicationHandler.<init>(ApplicationHandler.java:279)
	at org.glassfish.jersey.servlet.WebComponent.<init>(WebComponent.java:302)

This seems strange since there is a WEB-INF/classes in my WAR. Regardless, this is not a Boot problem per se, but more of a Jersey issue. From one of the Boot developers:

The whole idea with Boot is that servlets are just a transport - they are a means to an end, and hopefully not the only one - the "container" is Spring, not the servlet container. We probably could add some form of support for SCI but only by hacking the containers since the spec really doesn't allow for much control of their lifecycle. It hasn't been a priority so far.

Summary
I hope this article is useful to see how you to upgrade your Java webapps to use Spring 4 and Spring Boot. I've created a boot-makeover project on GitHub with all the code mentioned. You can also view the commits for each step.

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