Java Ninja Chronicles By Norris Shelton

Things I learned in the pursuit of code

There are several times when you need to specify a location in a Springframework configuration. An example is

<util:properties id="gsiProperties" location=""/>

A location is represented as a Resource. There are several ways to specify where to find the resource.

  • classpath: This represents a resource that should be retrieved from the classpath. It works the way a normal classloader does. The first match wins. Package names can also be represented as file directories (e.g. /this/that/
  • classpath:* This means that ALL resources that match the given name must be obtained, then merged to form a single resource. Meaning multiple property files could be mapped to. The sum of them would be used to supply the properties.
  • file: This is used to access a file system resource. This can be an absolute path or relative path.
  • http: This is used to access resources via HTTP protocol with a URL.
  • ftp: this is used to access a resource via FTP protocol.
  • blank This relies upon the implementation of the underlying context. For web applications, this utilizes the Servlet context.

July 28th, 2015

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A common problem is to retrieve a property from a property files and to use that value within your code. The Springframework has several tools that make that very easy to do.

The first thing to do is to create your properties file. Mine contains the following:


Next, you need to make Spring aware of the properties file. To do this, we will use the util schema. Line 4 shows that the properties has an id value. This allows us to later use that idid.key, instead of key.

<util:properties id="gsiProperties" location=""/>

Now that you have the properties available to Spring, it’s time to use them. Notice that we are using Spring Expression Language (SpEl) to inject the value(…) of the key. Normally, I would use @Autowired or @Resource(name=”…”) to inject the properties object as a map, then call get(…) on the map. SpEl gives you an additional notational choice to inject the data. @value(…) can be placed on fields, methods, method parameters and constructor parameters. Inside the @value, you can use #{…}. You do not need # for predefined variables (e.g. @value({})). If the property cannot be listed directly because it contains a period, etc, you can place it within square brackets with a single tick. An example is @Value(#{systemProperties[‘user.region’]}).

    private String igpUrl;

    private String aggregatorId;

    private String defaultSupplierId;

July 23rd, 2015

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