I have been playing around with the samples applications and looking at the code behind both ServiceMix 4 and Spring DM, and I felt like I should share some of my findings.
In this installment we'll look at a sample application that combines RESTful style of Web Services and Spring Dynamic Modules (Spring DM).
One way of providing RESTful services from within ServiceMix is by using the CXF Components that come with the product. As explained here, CXF provides different ways of exposing RESTful services. For the sample application I'll use the JAX-RS (JSR-311) API to expose the sample Weather application that comes with Spring Dynamic Modules from within FUSE ESB 4.0 Preview (ServiceMix 4).
- IONA FUSE ESB 4.0 Preview
- Spring Dynamic Modules 1.2.0 M1
- Java 1.5+
- Maven 2.0.9
- CXF-SpringDM-Weather Sample application SVN Repository
- Subversion Client (SVN command line, Tortoisevn)
IONA FUSE ESB 4.0 Preview Configuration
- Download IONA FUSE ESB 4.0 Preview from the link above and install it. The installation of product is really straight forward and choosing the default configuration should be just fine.
- Go to the examples directory of the FUSE ESB product and build the cxf-osgi project. This step prepares your local maven repository with the artifacts required to build the sample application. If you run the following, you should be just fine: mvn install
Spring Dynamic Modules Installation
- Download Spring Dynamic Modules from the link above and install it. For the sample I'll assume the installation directory is C:\dev\spring-osgi-1.2.0-m1
- Go to the samples directory (C:\dev\spring-osgi-1.2.0-m1\src\samples) of the Spring DM distribution and execute: mvn -Dmaven.test.skip=true clean install -P felix This step will help with the deployment of the weather service from within the ServiceMix console.
Sample Application Installation and Build
- Using a Subversion client, checkout the sample application from here:
I had to provide a URL link instead of the URL itself to avoid the word wrapping caused by such long URL. You can open your browser to the URL above, copy and paste the address to your svn client. I'll assume the code will be checked out to the directory C:\dev\cxf-springdm-weather
- Install the required bundles for the sample application.
From the directory
C:\dev\cxf-springdm-weather\lib execute the following command:
mvn install:install-file -DgroupId=javax.ws.rs -DartifactId=jsr311-osgi-api -Dversion=0.8 -Dpackaging=jar -Dfile=jsr311-osgi-api-0.8.jar
- Change to the C:\dev\cxf-springdm-weather directory and build the application with:
mvn clean install
If everything goes well, maven will create a target directory with a jar file with the name
The CXF implementation of JAX-RS depends on two OSGI bundle jars (jettison-1.0.1.jar and jsr311-osgi-api-0.8.jar). I had to convert these jars to OSGi bundles and I'm providing them within lib directory of the sample application so that you don't have to convert them yourself.
Here is how you would deploy the sample application from within ServiceMix console. These steps use the "osgi" command to install and start the required bundles:
- Launch the ServiceMix Kernel by running
in the root dir of FUSE ESB distribution.
- osgi install file:/C:/dev/cxf-springdm-weather/lib/jettison-1.0.1.jar
- osgi install -s file:/C:/dev/cxf-springdm-weather/lib/jsr311-osgi-api-0.8.jar
Use the command "osgi list" to find the bundle id for the bundle with the name "Apache CXF Bundle Jar (2.1.1.fuse)" and execute the command "osgi refresh ". In my system the bundle id is 56, so the command I used was: o sgi refresh 56.
- osgi install -s mvn:org.springframework.osgi.samples/weather-dao/1.2.0-m1
- osgi install -s mvn:org.springframework.osgi.samples/weather-service/1.2.0-m1
- osgi install -s file:/C:/dev/cxf-springdm-weather/target/cxf-springdm-weather-188.8.131.52-fuse.jar
servicemix> Instantiating org.apache.servicemix.examples.restful.springdm.WeatherServiceFrontEnd
class org.apache.servicemix.examples.restful.springdm.WeatherServiceFrontEnd setting weatherService: org.springframework.osgi.samples.weather.service.WeatherServiceImpl@5c0dbc55
Sep 12, 2008 10:41:40 AM org.apache.cxf.endpoint.ServerImpl initDestination
INFO: Setting the server's publish address to be /weather
Testing The Application
Now, just open your browser and go to the following url:
The date must be in the format mm-dd-yyyy. If you provide an invalid date an exception will be displayed in the ServiceMix console and today's date will be used for processing.
Your browser should display this:
Sample Application Code Walk-through
The following diagram depicts the request/response flow of the Sample application. Notice how the CXF component is serving as a proxy between the HTTP/WS component and the WeatherServiceFrontEnd Bean. Similarly, Spring DM serves as a proxy to the registered OSGi services, in this case, Weather-Service service and the Weather-dao service.
Spring DM's Weather Application
First let me start explaining little bit about the Spring DM's weather sample application.
The Spring DM weather application comes with some other OSGi bundles, but we only needed the weather-service and weather-dao bundles for the sample applciation.
If you look at the context file
weather/src/main/resources/META-INF/spring/weather-service-context.xml, you'll find the <osgi:service ref="weatherService"> .... </osgi:service>
The cxf-springdm-weather bundle (the front end of the sample application) depends on the service exposed by the weather-service bundle and the weather-service bundle depends on the service exposed by t
This class is nothing m
interface. An instance of this interface will be injected using Spring DM.
In a nutshell, the JAX-RS is a combination of annotations that help mapping the URI and HTTP request parameters to a POJO.
The @Path("/service/") maps the URL immediately after the /cxf, which is the root of this application as we specified it in the xbeans.xml context file. We'll be talking about the configuration in the context
The @ProduceMime("application/xml") says that this application will be returning xml data.
If you look at the method getHistoricalHighForDate(...), you'll notice that here we used some other JAX-RS annotations.
I purposely didn
More details on JAX-RS and how is used with CXF can be found here.
Note: JAX-RS nee
The Sample Application Context File
The context file, located in META-INF/spring/xbean.xml, is used to configure the RESTful service, CXF and inject the weather service. At the start of the
<import resource="classpath:META-INF/cxf/cxf.xml" />
<import resource="classpath:META-INF/cxf/cxf-extension-jaxrs-binding.xml" />
<import resource="classpath:META-INF/cxf/cxf-extension-http.xml" />
<import resource="classpath:META-INF/cxf/osgi/cxf-extension-osgi.xml" />
These imports configure CXF's HTTP transport, hooks JAX-RS with CXF, and configure CXF within ServiceMix and the OSGi container.
Then, there is the definition of the WeatherServiceFrontEnd bean.
<bean id="weatherServiceFrontEnd" class="org.apache.servicemix.examples.restful.springdm.WeatherServiceFrontEnd" >
<springdm-osgi:reference interface="org.springframework.osgi.samples.weather.service.WeatherService" timeout="5000" />
This is where the magic of Spring DM and Spring IoC is used to inject the weather-service to the weather RESTful service bean.
and injects it to the weatherService property of the org.apache.servicemix.examples.restful.springdm.WeatherServiceFrontEnd bean.
Lastly, the configuration of the RESTful web service by mapping it to the "/cxf/weather" URI using the address attribute of the JAX-RS component tag:
<ref bean="weatherServiceFrontEnd" />
As you can see in the snippet of code above, the reference of the WeatherServiceFrontEnd bean is injected into the JAX-RS component.
The last thing to explain is how to help the OSGi container find the required classes for the various bundles of an application. This is usually done by specifying package imports/exports in the META-INF/MANIFEST.MF file. If you look closely at the provided pom.xml file, you'll notice that I'm using a ServiceMix 4 specific artifact as the parent for this project. This is due to the fact that I've used one of the sample's pom.xml file as starting point for this project. I'm guessing that down the road FUSE ESB 4.0 will come with maven archetypes, as its predecessor did, to facilitate the start of new projects. Back with the maven project, the maven-bundle-plugin plug-in is used to take care of generating the MANIFEST.MF file for us. This is done at the moment when the application is being built by the maven build process. All we have to do is specify the packages to import/export in the plug-in's configuration section. In there you'll find the packages of JAX-RS, CXF, the weather-service, among others.
For a more in-depth look OSGi bundles, visit Costin Leau's Blog.
The combination of an ESB like ServiceMix on top of an OSGi Container, all that with the flexibility and easy of use of Spring Dynamic Modules makes this an interesting
I look forward to the GA release of the FUSE ESB 4.0 product.
IONA FUSE ESB 4 Preview Documentation Spring Dynamic Modules Reference Rod Biresch's Blog
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James Strachan's Blog Guillaume Nodet's Blog
- Costin Leau's Blog