Category Archives: Spring Boot

Writing Medium Complex Web Application using Spring Boot – Part 2

For folks in hurry, get the latest code from Github and run the application as per the instructions in README file.

This Blog explains how we setup our development environment for building this application.

Setting up Postgres Database with schema:

The application schema file is present under folder called sqlscripts/schema.sql . Install Postgres database and start the database using below command:

# Create a database with user as "postgres" and password as "password"
#than run this command
<POSTGRES_HOME>/bin/postgres -D ..\data

Open the pgAdmin windows application and create a database called “pg” and open the above script and run it.

First let us look at the POM file.

This POM file is configured to work with reverse engineering of Table to JPA components. We are using “org.apache.openjpa.jdbc.meta.ReverseMappingTool” as below:

                        <argument>target/generated-sources/java</argument> <!-- or target/generated/model -->

The reverse-persistence.xml file looks like this,

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="no"?>
<persistence xmlns="" xmlns:xsi="" version="2.0" xsi:schemaLocation="">
    <persistence-unit name="openjpa">
            <property name="openjpa.ConnectionUserName" value="postgres"/>
            <property name="openjpa.ConnectionPassword" value="password"/>
            <property name="openjpa.ConnectionURL" value="jdbc:postgresql://localhost:5432/pg"/>  
            <property name="openjpa.ConnectionDriverName"  value="org.postgresql.Driver"/>
            <property name="openjpa.jdbc.DBDictionary" value="postgres" />
            <property name="openjpa.Log" value="SQL=TRACE"/>

Once we configure the above steps, running below command will generate all the JPA POJO’s

mvn clean exec:java test

There is also a why to create dynamic schema without the need for postgres. This can be an exercise for you

Writing Medium Complex Web Application using Spring Boot – Part 1


The Pivotal team has done a great job of coming with Spring Boot microservice application stack. In the next few blogs, I will demonstrate the capabilities of Spring Boot to write a Medium Complex application (Not a Todo application) using Industry leading polyglot stack like, Angular.js, Spring JPA, Spring Boot and Postgres Database in the backend. I will also demonstrate how to run this application in Heroku.

Design consideration

  • With respect to Spring Boot
    • Takes off lot of xml headaches of Spring MVC and follows a strong convention over configuration
    • Works like Ruby, with lot of starter jar dependencies like spring-boot-starter-web or like spring-boot-starter-data-jpa, which helps in quickly setup all the dependencies. There are whole bunch of them
    • Encourages the concept of Microservices, where we can build low foot print self contained services, which we can deploy in PaaS like Heroku
  • In addition to these goodies, this sample application also imposes few of its own,
    • Minimum Boilerplate coding. Minimum amount of Handcrafted POJOs. Almost no xml configuration.
    • Design is more based on Test Driven Development (TDD) including Java and Javascript side

The Architecture


The Application

What it does?

This is a sample application that helps user to register himself and purchases books online. It has roughly 10 screens and 2 actors the user and the admin. It will have below capabilities,

  • User can do following actions
    • Register himself
    • Login to the system
    • View the books, and add to the shopping card
    • Checkout the books
  • Currently Admin is hardcoded in the system and admin can do the following,
    • Approve the order to be shipped

Technology Stack


Angular.js, Bootstrap


Spring Boot: spring-boot-starter-web, spring-boot-starter-jpa, spring-boot-starter-test


Postgres for the application and H2 for Junit testing.


The blog is divided into multiple section:

  • Setup the environment for development
  • JUnit testing of DAO layer
  • JUnit testing of Service layer
  • JUnit testing of Controller
  • JUnit testing of Javascript and integrating with Build system