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How to integrate Jersey in a Spring MVC application

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I have recently started to build a public REST API with Java for Podcastpedia.org and for the JAX-RS implementation I have chosen Jersey, as I find it “natural” and powerful – you can find out more about it by following the Tutorial – REST API design and implementation in Java with Jersey and Spring.  Because Podcastpedia.org is a web application powered by Spring ...

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Spring MVC 4 Quickstart Maven Archetype Improved

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Spring Boot allows getting started with Spring extremely easy. But there are still people interested in not using Spring Boot and bootstrap the application in a more classical way. Several years ago, I created an archetype (long before Spring Boot) that simplifies bootstrapping Spring web applications. Although Spring Boot is already some time on the market, Spring MVC 4 Quickstart ...

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Spring Boot Actuator: custom endpoint with MVC layer on top of it

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Spring Boot Actuator endpoints allow you to monitor and interact with your application. Spring Boot includes a number of built-in endpoints and you can also add your own.   Adding custom endpoints is as easy as creating a class that extends from org.springframework.boot.actuate.endpoint.AbstractEndpoint. But Spring Boot Actuator offers also possibility to decorate endpoints with MVC layer.   Endpoints endpoint There ...

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Spring WebApplicationInitializer and ApplicationContextInitializer confusion

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These are two concepts that I mix up occasionally – a WebApplicationInitializer and an ApplicationContextInitializer, and wanted to describe each of them to clarify them for myself. I have previously blogged about WebApplicationInitializer here. It is relevant purely in a Servlet 3.0+ spec compliant servlet container and provides a hook to programmatically configure the servlet context. How does this help ...

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Customizing HttpMessageConverters with Spring Boot and Spring MVC

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Exposing a REST based endpoint for a Spring Boot application or for that matter a straight Spring MVC application is straightforward, the following is a controller exposing an endpoint to create an entity based on the content POST’ed to it:                 @RestController @RequestMapping("/rest/hotels") public class RestHotelController { .... @RequestMapping(method=RequestMethod.POST) public Hotel create(@RequestBody @Valid ...

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Validation groups in Spring MVC

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Validation constraints in Bean Validation may be added to one or more groups via groups attribute. This allows you to restrict the set of constraints applied during validation. It can be handy in cases where some groups should be validated before others like e.g. in wizards. As of Spring MVC 3.1, automatic validation utilizing validation groups is possible with org.springframework.validation.annotation.Validated ...

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Common mistakes when using Spring MVC

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 When I started my career around 10 years ago, Struts MVC was the norm in the market. However, over the years, I observed the Spring MVC slowly gaining popularity. This is not a surprise to me, given the seamless integration of Spring MVC with Spring container and the flexibility and extensibility that it offers. From my journey with Spring so ...

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Better error messages with Bean Validation 1.1 in Spring MVC application

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Bean Validation 1.1, among many new features, introduced error message interpolation using Unified Expression Language (EL) expressions. This allows to define error messages based on conditional logic and also enables advanced formatting options. Added to a Spring MVC application let you display more friendly error messages quite simply. In the first part of this article I will shortly describe message ...

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