Hibernate UserType Example using Spring Data JPA

In Hibernate UserType Example using Spring Data JPA we will see how Hibernate allows us to implement and use custom types when built-in types do not satisfy an application’s requirements, or when we want to change the default behavior of a built-in type. As you will see, you can easily implement a custom-type class and then use it in the same way as a built-in one.

Hibernate provides an abstraction of database SQL types to prevent an application from getting mapped to underlying actual database column types. This allow us to develop an application without thinking about the target database column types that the target database supports and we easily develop our application and get involved with mapping Java types to Hibernate types. The database dialect which is a part of Hibernate responsible for mapping Java types to target database column types. If we write HQSL (hibernate query language) then we can easily switch to different database by changing the dialect without changing the application code.

For most of the mappings, Hibernate’s built-in types are enough but, in some situations, you may need to define a custom type. These situations generally happen when we want Hibernate to treat basic Java types or persistent classes differently than Hibernate normally treats them.

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Spring EnableEncryptableProperties with Jasypt

Spring EnableEncryptableProperties with Jasypt shows an example how to avoid putting clear text password for database connection credentials in properties file. Jasypt means Java simplified encryption. Here we are going to use Spring version 4 with Jasypt (Java simplified encryption). Here we are also going to use Spring Data JPA to perform the data layer activities with database.

If you put clear text password in properties file then everybody even people who should not see password would gain access to your database and may change database tables values, structure or even may delete without your consent. So it is always better to put the password in an encypted way to avoid such unwanted issues.

Here we will create Gradle based Spring Boot application with Spring Data JPA and apply Jasypt (Java simplified encryption) to extra layer of security for your password.

Jasypt Spring Boot provides Encryption support for property sources in Spring Boot Applications. There are 3 ways to integrate Jasypt in your spring boot project:

Simply adding the starter jar jasypt-spring-boot-starter to your classpath if using @SpringBootApplication or @EnableAutoConfiguration will enable encryptable properties across the entire Spring Environment

Adding jasypt-spring-boot-starter to your classpath and adding @EnableEncryptableProperties to your main Configuration class to enable encryptable properties across the entire Spring Environment

Adding jasypt-spring-boot-starter to your classpath and declaring individual encryptable property sources with @EncrytablePropertySource

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Spring Boot Internationalization Example

Spring Boot Internationalization Example will show you how to make an web based application in different languages. Internationalization or Localization will show you the web page content based on your choosen language in which you want to view the page.

I will show here how we can switch in different langugaes like Bengali, Hindi, English, Dutch and French. You don’t need to change the language settings from the browser for switching to different languages. You are given an option to choose a language in a dropdown where the langugaes are displayed in Bengali, Hindi, English, Dutch and French. If you want you can add more languages or remove languages and accordingly you need to create separate properties file for each language and put them under classpath directory.

This application shows title, welcome message, choose language option and copyright information in Bengali, Hindi, English, Dutch and French languages. By default the selected language is English.

You may also would like to read JSF 2 Internationalisation Example

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SOAP over HTTPS with client certificate authentication

The tutorial, SOAP over HTTPS with client certificate authentication, will show you how we can use client certificate to handshake with server along with basic authentication for consuming the service. We have also seen how to authenticate by sending authentication information over http headers in SOAP web service but here we will use client certificate (jks file) as a security mechanism. Even you can use header authentication along with client certificate to make more secure.

I will show here both server side code or service and client side code so that server expects client to establish communication through certificate authentication. Here to consume the service you will be given client certificate (extention might be .crt or .der or .p12 or anything else), password for this certificate and username/password for basic authentication (in case if you need also header authentication).

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Integrate npm web app in Spring Boot with Gradle

Integrate npm web app in spring boot with gradle is basically a multi-module project as we have seen in our earlier tutorials here with maven build in spring boot and here with maven in Eclipse. But the example on integrate npm web app in spring boot with gradle uses gradle to build the project. Here we basically create two modules one is frontend or client side called web-app and another one is backend called java-app. Obviously as the name suggests web-app, so it will contain only client side technologies to build the application whereas java-app will contain only java technologies to build the application. You don’t need to install npm going to the web-app folder manually. Npm installation and build will be automatically taken care by gradle build script. This application will also create an executable jar file once gradle build is successfully finished.

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Configure JNDI DataSource with Spring Boot


JNDI data source is very similar to JDBC data source. The JNDI data source accesses a database connection that is pre-defined and configured in the application server and published as a JNDI resource or service. Instead of specifying a driver and database as we do with JDBC data sources, we only need to specify the JNDI resource name in our application server.

Why do we use JNDI DataSource

JNDI comes in rescue when you have to move an application between environments: development -> integration -> test -> production. If you configure each application server to use the same JNDI name, you can have different databases in each environment but you need not to change your code. You just need to drop the deployable WAR file in the new environment.

You may also like to read Spring Data JPA CRUD Example and Spring Data JPA Entity Graphs

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Spring Boot MVC AutoComplete using jQuery


Autocomplete allows you to easily create autocomplete and auto-suggest boxes for text input fields. When you start a search on Google, you can find the information you are looking for using search predictions. Search predictions are possible search terms you can use that are related to the terms you are typing and what other people are searching for. Spring Boot MVC autocomplete example will show you exactly the same thing here.

Autocomplete is a feature in which an application predicts the rest of a word a user is typing. In graphical user interfaces, users can typically press the tab key to accept a suggestion or the down arrow key to accept one of several.
Autocomplete speeds up human-computer interactions when it correctly predicts the word a user intends to enter after only a few characters have been typed into a text input field. The autocomplete is a normal text input enhanced by a panel of suggested options. Continue reading “Spring Boot MVC AutoComplete using jQuery”

Server Sent Events with Spring – Push Notifications


We have seen a popular choice for sending real time data from server to client in web application is using WebSocket in our previous tutorials Messaging with STOMP over WebSockets using Spring and ActiveMQ and Spring Boot WebSocket AngularJS Gradle Example. WebSocket opens bidirectional connections between server and client. So both server and client can send messages. But sometimes we face situations, where the application needs only one way communication, i.e., sending data from server to the client and for this Spring provides a simpler solution using Server Sent Events (SSE). SSE is a technology that allows you to stream data from server to the browser  (Push Notifications) within one HTTP connection in one direction. For example, pushing stock price changes in real-time or showing progress of long-running process or real time showing of cricket or football scores on display board etc.

Browser Support

SSE are supported in most modern browsers. Only Microsoft’s IE and Edge browsers do not have a built in implementation. But there is a way out because Server-Sent Events uses common HTTP connections and can therefore be implemented with the following libraries to support IE and Edge browsers.

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Evolving Database using Spring Boot and Liquibase

When developing web application, it is important to consider how to create schema for production and evolve the database schema going forward of a Java web application.

Liquibase is an open source library for tracking, managing and applying database changes that can be used for any database. It helps you create the schema, run them during deployment and also help you write automated tests so that your changes will work in production.

Liquibase is a tool that reads a list of database changes from a changelog file. The changelog file is often XML-based, but it could be in other formats also, such as YAML, JSON and SQL formats. Once a new change is added to the changelog file, Liquibase will read the file, detect the new change, and apply it to the database. When code changes are committed to the version control system, the changelog file containing the database “version” also gets committed along with it. Continue reading “Evolving Database using Spring Boot and Liquibase”

Spring Boot Activiti – Process Engine Configuration

We have seen in our previous tutorial Spring boot activiti example how Business Process Management works using Activiti framework. In my previous tutorial I have used the default behavior of the process engine. In this tutorial I will show you how you can bootstrap the process engine using Spring JavaConfig to create our own spring boot activity process engine configuration. You can also use a Spring application context XML file for bootstrapping the process engine. Continue reading “Spring Boot Activiti – Process Engine Configuration”