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Comparing Java REST Documentation Frameworks

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Deciding which Java framework to choose when documenting your REST APIs can be quite the hassle. In this blogpost we will briefly compare the three documentation frameworks for REST web services that we ourselves use, and how they integrate with the Spring framework (which is the Java framework most often used at Foreach). These are RESTful API Modeling Language (RAML), ...

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What’s the case for your API?

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Disclaimer: In pure REST, API’s are opaque and the URL should be whatever what was sent as a link in the response to a previous request. But, I’m not talking pure REST, I’m talking more pragmatic APIs which involve some concepts from REST and as well as general API best practices. When writing an API, it starts simple. You identify the ...

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How to bind @RequestParam to object in Spring

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Do you have multiple parameters annotated with @RequestParam in a request mapping method and feel it isn’t readable? The annotation looks pretty straightforward when there’s one or two input parameters expected in a request but when the list gets longer you might feel overwhelmed. You cannot use the @RequestParam annotation inside objects but it doesn’t mean you’re left with no ...

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Microservices Messaging: Why REST Isn’t Always the Best Choice

Microservices are a big business. Thanks to advances in container orchestration, multi-process applications development and sheer user demand, companies are edging away from traditional monolithic applications towards distributed, highly-available microservices. Breaking applications into smaller chunks reaps rewards in many guises. However, with this distribution there arises a new requirement: messaging for inter-service communication. How does microservices messaging tie back to ...

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A configurable JAX-RS ExceptionMapper with MicroProfile Config

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When you create REST services with JAX-RS, you typically either return nothing (so HTTP 201/2/4 etc) or some data, potentially in JSON format (so HTTP 200), or some Exception / Error (so HTTP 4xx or 5xx). We usually translate a Runtime Exception into some HTTP 5xx and a Checked Exception into some 4xx. Because we want to keep our boundary ...

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How to Invoke an External REST API from a Cloud Function

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In a previous blog post I showed how to create your first cloud function (plus a video). It’s very likely that your cloud function will need to invoke an external REST API. The following tutorial will show you how to create such function (it’s very easy). Sign into an IBM Cloud account Click Catalog Remove the label:lite filter and type ...

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Speed Up Services With Reactive API in Java EE 8

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Services can often be optimized with asynchronous processing even without changing their behavior towards the outside world. The reason why some services aren’t efficient is that they need to wait for other services to provide a result to continue further. Let’s look how to call external REST services without waiting for them and also do multiple parallel calls independently and ...

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And some more REST tips

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In previous blog posts I have covered some ideas and tips for achieving a REST architecture. In this post, I cover a few more ideas and tips. Caching Caching is a big part of the original dissertation.  See section 5.1.4  Strategies include validation (client checks it has the latest version) and expiration (client assumes it has the latest version until a ...

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