Java Ninja Chronicles By Norris Shelton

Things I learned in the pursuit of code

The SpringFramework has a RestTemplate object that can be used to HTTP-based network calls. It doesn’t timeout by default, but there is functionality that can be configured. A RequestFactory must be created, then it needs to be wired into the RestTemplate.

The readTimeout and the connectionTimeout are both expressed in milliseconds.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<beans xmlns="http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans"
       xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"
       xmlns:p="http://www.springframework.org/schema/p"
       xsi:schemaLocation="http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans   http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans/spring-beans.xsd>
 
    <bean id="requestFactory" class="org.springframework.http.client.HttpComponentsClientHttpRequestFactory"
          p:readTimeout="250"
          p:connectTimeout="250"/>
 
    <bean id="restTemplate" class="org.springframework.web.client.RestTemplate"
          c:requestFactory-ref="requestFactory"/>
</beans>

Once you have the RequestFactory configured, then the RestTemplate will begin to throw SocketTimeoutException and ConnectTimeoutException, depending on the problem. This is normally handled by catching RestClientException. This RuntimeException wraps all exceptions that are throws by the RestTemplate.

String response = null;
try {
    response = restTemplate.getForObject(url, String.class);
} catch (RestClientException e) {
    createOrderResponse.setStatus("failure");
    logger.error("Unable to get the PayNearMe barcode URL", e);
    //FIXME do something with the exception
    //throw e;
}

Catching the RestClientException is usually enough, because you only want to know that there is a problem. However, if you need to know the specific problem, you can test the RootCause for the specific type of exception.

String response = null;
try {
    response = restTemplate.getForObject(url, String.class);
} catch (RestClientException e) {
    createOrderResponse.setStatus("failure");
    if (e.getRootCause() instanceof SocketTimeoutException) {
        logger.error("SocketTimeoutException", e);
    } else if (e.getRootCause() instanceof ConnectTimeoutException) {
        logger.error("ConnectTimeoutException", e);
    } else {
        logger.error("Some other exception", e);
    }
    //FIXME do something with the exception
    //throw e;
}

September 13th, 2016

Posted In: Java, java ninja, Javaninja, Spring

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