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Team lead for the TopLink/EclipseLink JAXB & SDO implementations, and the Oracle representative on those specifications.

MOXy as Your JAX-RS JSON Provider – Server Side

In a previous series of posts I covered how EclipseLink JAXB (MOXy) can be leveraged to create a RESTful data access service. In this post I will cover how easy it is to leverage MOXy’s new JSON binding on the server side to add support for JSON messages based on JAXB mappings.

Why EclipseLink JAXB (MOXy)?

Below are some of the advantages of using MOXy as your JSON binding provider:


The message types that a JAX-RS service understands is controlled using the @Produces and @Consumes annotations. In this post I have specified that all the operations now support “application/json” in addition to “application/xml”. A more detailed description of this service is available in the following post: Creating a RESTful Web Service – Part 4/5.

package org.example;
import java.util.List;
import javax.ejb.*;
import javax.persistence.*;
import javax.ws.rs.*;
import javax.ws.rs.core.MediaType;
public class CustomerService {
    EntityManager entityManager;
    @Consumes({MediaType.APPLICATION_XML, MediaType.APPLICATION_JSON})
    public void create(Customer customer) {
    @Produces({MediaType.APPLICATION_XML, MediaType.APPLICATION_JSON})
    public Customer read(@PathParam("id") long id) {
        return entityManager.find(Customer.class, id);
    @Consumes({MediaType.APPLICATION_XML, MediaType.APPLICATION_JSON})
    public void update(Customer customer) {
    public void delete(@PathParam("id") long id) {
        Customer customer = read(id);
        if(null != customer) {
    @Produces({MediaType.APPLICATION_XML, MediaType.APPLICATION_JSON})
    public List<Customer> findCustomersByCity(@PathParam("city") String city) {
        Query query = entityManager.createNamedQuery("findCustomersByCity");
        query.setParameter("city", city);
        return query.getResultList();


We will implement a JAX-RS MessageBodyReader/MessageBodyWriter to plugin support for MOXy’s JSON binding. This implementation is generic enough that it could be used as is to enable JSON-binding for any JAX-RS service using MOXy as the JAXB provider. Some interesting items to note:

  • There are no compile time dependencies on MOXy. 
  • The eclipselink.media-type property is used to enable JSON binding on the unmarshaller (line 34) and marshaller (line 55).
  • The eclipselink.json.include-root property is used to indicate that the @XmlRootElement annotation should be ignored in the JSON binding (lines 35 and 56).
  • When creating the JAXBContext the code first checks to see if a JAXBContext has been registered for this type (lines 70 and 71). This is useful if you want to leverage MOXy’s external mapping document: MOXy’s XML Metadata in a JAX-RS Service.
package org.example;
import java.io.*;
import java.lang.annotation.Annotation;
import java.lang.reflect.*;
import javax.xml.transform.stream.StreamSource;
import javax.ws.rs.*;
import javax.ws.rs.core.*;
import javax.ws.rs.ext.*;
import javax.xml.bind.*;
public class MOXyJSONProvider implements
    MessageBodyReader<Object>, MessageBodyWriter<Object>{
    protected Providers providers;
    public boolean isReadable(Class<?> type, Type genericType,
        Annotation[] annotations, MediaType mediaType) {
        return true;
    public Object readFrom(Class<Object> type, Type genericType,
            Annotation[] annotations, MediaType mediaType,
            MultivaluedMap<String, String> httpHeaders, InputStream entityStream)
            throws IOException, WebApplicationException {
            try {
                Class<?> domainClass = getDomainClass(genericType);
                Unmarshaller u = getJAXBContext(domainClass, mediaType).createUnmarshaller();
                u.setProperty("eclipselink.media-type", mediaType.toString());
                u.setProperty("eclipselink.json.include-root", false);
                return u.unmarshal(new StreamSource(entityStream), domainClass).getValue();
            } catch(JAXBException jaxbException) {
                throw new WebApplicationException(jaxbException);
    public boolean isWriteable(Class<?> type, Type genericType,
        Annotation[] annotations, MediaType mediaType) {
        return true;
    public void writeTo(Object object, Class<?> type, Type genericType,
        Annotation[] annotations, MediaType mediaType,
        MultivaluedMap<String, Object> httpHeaders,
        OutputStream entityStream) throws IOException,
        WebApplicationException {
        try {
            Class<?> domainClass = getDomainClass(genericType);
            Marshaller m = getJAXBContext(domainClass, mediaType).createMarshaller();
            m.setProperty("eclipselink.media-type", mediaType.toString());
            m.setProperty("eclipselink.json.include-root", false);
            m.marshal(object, entityStream);
        } catch(JAXBException jaxbException) {
            throw new WebApplicationException(jaxbException);
    public long getSize(Object t, Class<?> type, Type genericType,
        Annotation[] annotations, MediaType mediaType) {
        return -1;
    private JAXBContext getJAXBContext(Class<?> type, MediaType mediaType) 
        throws JAXBException {
        ContextResolver<JAXBContext> resolver 
            = providers.getContextResolver(JAXBContext.class, mediaType);
        JAXBContext jaxbContext;
        if(null == resolver || null == (jaxbContext = resolver.getContext(type))) {
            return JAXBContext.newInstance(type);
        } else {
            return jaxbContext;
    private Class<?> getDomainClass(Type genericType) {
        if(genericType instanceof Class) {
            return (Class<?>) genericType;
        } else if(genericType instanceof ParameterizedType) {
            return (Class<?>) ((ParameterizedType) genericType).getActualTypeArguments()[0];
        } else {
            return null;

Server Setup

If you are using GlassFish as your application server then you need to replace the following EclipseLink bundles with their counterpart from an EclipseLink 2.4 install.

  • org.eclipse.persistence.antlr.jar
  • org.eclipse.persistence.asm.jar
  • org.eclipse.persistence.core.jar
  • org.eclipse.persistence.jpa.jar
  • org.eclipse.persistence.jpa-modelgen.jar
  • org.eclipse.persistence.moxy.jar
  • org.eclipse.persistence.oracle.jar

Further Reading

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Reference: MOXy as Your JAX-RS JSON Provider – Server Side from our JCG partner Blaise Doughan at the Java XML & JSON Binding blog.

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