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Tag Archives: RESTful Web Services

Transcending REST and RPC

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It seems that a new paradigm is coming. Facebook and Netflix have come up with different implementations for that idea. Some people are calling it Demand-Driven Architecture, but before I show you some solutions, let’s go over some history to understand the problem. I will use the example that Netflix provides, but I think that most of us will find ...

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Getting started with Spark: it is possible to create lightweight RESTful application also in Java

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Recently I have been writing a RESTful service using Spark, a web framework for Java (which is not related to Apache Spark). When we planned to write this I was ready to the unavoidable Javaesque avalanche of interfaces, boilerplate code and deep hierarchies. I was very surprised to find out that an alternative world exists also for the developers confined to Java. In this ...

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RESTful considered harmful

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I don’t like RESTful principles and APIs. In recent years it is seen as universal protocol for inter-process communication, especially in distributed systems. However I see many deficiencies of REST and there are alternatives that work well for certain use cases. Obviously there is no one size fits all, I just want to emphasize that REST architecture is flawed in ...

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How To Stream/Serialize JPA Result As JAX-RS Response For Large Data

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There are times that retrieving a large data set through JPA is necessary (e.g. more than 1,000,000 records) and having them stuffed into a single instance of java.util.List is just risky (memory barrier). So, here’s a quick solution of how a JAX-RS REST resource end-point could still give us a timely Response without breaking the memory constrain through streaming or ...

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Java REST JAX-RS 2.0 – How To Handle Date, Time and Timestamp Data Types

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Be it X-Form-Urlencoded or JSON HTTP post to a REST resource end-point, there is no specific “data type” for date or time related data. Most developers will have these data posted as “String” or just simply convert them to Unix timestamp value (e.g. 1435061152). But, as developers implement more and more end-point methods, codes to parse of date, time and ...

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How to Keep REST API Credentials Secure

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If you are building mobile apps then you are connecting to some REST API. For example, if you want to resolve an address to a latitude/longitude information to display on a map, you might use the Google Geocoding API: https://maps.googleapis.com/maps/api/geocode/json?address=San Francisco,CA&key=AIzaSyDvFMYGjeR02RH If you are invoking the API from the client, then the API key also has to be present on ...

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RESTful Error Handling with Spring

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This post will illustrate a way in which exception handling can be implemented for RESTful web services in Spring in such a manner that the exception handling concerns are separated from the application logic. Taking advantage of the @ControllerAdvice annotation we are able to create a global helper class for all controllers. By adding methods that we annotate with both ...

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Jersey WebResource – Header don’t get appended

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Yesterday I ran into a strange problem when using the Jersey WebResource class for doing HTTP calls: it seemed as if the headers I set, simply got ignored when executing the HTTP call. Read ahead. What I tried to achieve was to call a REST Api to get some data from on of our applications. For doing so, I used ...

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Automated testing of REST-services

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Despite I’m a Java and Scala developer I still passioned a lot in testing of software. If to be more precisely – web applications. It’s really interesting to develop web app and be confident that the apps have a good quality. When I’ve started a career the most popular web architecture was MVC (Model View Control) and there was pretty ...

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Building a rest api with spray

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Building a rest api with akka and spray is easy. This is how I did it: SprayApiApp:                   import akka.actor.{ActorSystem, Props} import akka.io.IO import akka.pattern.ask import akka.util.Timeout import spray.can.Http import scala.concurrent.duration._ object SprayApiApp extends App { //we need an ActorSystem to host our application in implicit val system = ActorSystem("SprayApiApp") //create apiActor ...

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