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Red Hat JBoss Fuse - Deploy a WAR file with Servlet

In normal integration project we built SOA architecture, or more recently microservice seems to be the hottest buzz word around, but no matter that how big or small the service is, it's still a service. In integration our primary job is to become the moderator between systems, allow systems to talk, communicate smoothly, by that, we have lots of protocols to work with, MQTT, AMQP for messaging, Restful JSON or SOAP XML for web service, Files, FTPS etc... But what if or end communication or response end is a human? We can't expect a human being to process a bunch of large text, XML or stream of bits, I mean, yes, some may, but not in most cases. There for we often process and simplify information on a page, that is readable by human. For that by creating a web application renders these data to users comes in very handy.

In java space, we will most likely to create a WAR file and run it on a Java EE container (JBoss EAP). But what about running the WAR file on Karaf container in Fuse? And how do I add my Camel file on to it? Here is how.

First, I am going to create a WAR project, just like what  we will normal do when creating a web application.  I prefer to use maven archetype for this.



And then we will need to add the dependency needed to run Camel route, please add the following camel related dependencies in pom.xml.

    <dependency>
      <groupId>org.apache.camel</groupId>
      <artifactId>camel-core</artifactId>
      <version>2.15.1.redhat-62xxxx</version>
     
    </dependency>
    <dependency>
      <groupId>org.apache.camel</groupId>
      <artifactId>camel-spring</artifactId>
      <version>2.15.1.redhat-62xxxx</version>
     
    </dependency>
    <dependency>
      <groupId>org.apache.camel</groupId>
      <artifactId>camel-stream</artifactId>
      <version>2.15.1.redhat-62xxxx</version>
     
    </dependency>
   
    <!-- Spring Web -->
    <dependency>
      <groupId>org.springframework</groupId>
      <artifactId>spring-web</artifactId>
      <version>4.1.6.RELEASE</version>
    </dependency>
   
    <!-- logging -->
    <dependency>
      <groupId>org.slf4j</groupId>
      <artifactId>slf4j-api</artifactId>
      <version>1.7.10</version>
      <scope>provided</scope>
    </dependency>
    <dependency>
      <groupId>org.slf4j</groupId>
      <artifactId>slf4j-log4j12</artifactId>
      <version>1.7.10</version>
      <scope>provided</scope>
    </dependency>
    <dependency>
      <groupId>log4j</groupId>
      <artifactId>log4j</artifactId>
      <version>1.2.17</version>

    </dependency>

Then we need to think about setting Spring, since all the Spring beans lives in ApplicationContext,we need to set it up. By setting the ContextLoaderListener it will load my camel files match *-context.xml and create an ApplicationContext for it.

  <context-param>
        <param-name>contextConfigLocation</param-name>
        <param-value>/META-INF/*-context.xml</param-value>
  </context-param>
   
  <listener>
        <listener-class>org.springframework.web.context.ContextLoaderListener</listener-class>

  </listener>

And then we can start adding our Camel application. Here I am going to create a very simple Hello World Camel route, that prints out "Hello world" in every 5 seconds.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<beans xmlns="http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans"
    xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"
    xsi:schemaLocation="
       http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans/spring-beans.xsd
       http://camel.apache.org/schema/spring http://camel.apache.org/schema/spring/camel-spring.xsd">
    <!--
        Simple camel route which send every one minute a message on the console.
    -->
    <camelContext xmlns="http://camel.apache.org/schema/spring">
        <route id="timer-to-console">
            <from uri="timer://foo?fixedRate=true&amp;period=5s"/>
            <transform>
               <simple>Hello Web Application, how are you?</simple>
            </transform>
            <to uri="stream:out"/>
        </route>
    </camelContext>

</beans>

There are many options available to deploy our WAR application in JBoss Fuse, I am going to show you on of them, maybe later, if I have time, I can go through how to deploy through Maven plugins. But let's stick to the basics for now. First we do what we normal do to generate the WAR file.

mvn clean install




Go to JBoss Fuse, Install it, and make sure you have created Fabric. If you are not sure how, please check out my Fuse 101 Workshop. Once JBoss Fuse is started, go to http://localhost:8181. Create a container with Profile name feature-fabric-web




After container started. Go into container view, and in console, click on the OSGi tab. And on the top right corner, enter

  • war:mvn:com.redhat/springtest/1.0.0-SNAPSHOT/war?Web-ContextPath=springtest

and click the tick to install.


After install successful message appear, select it on the list and start it.


You will see the logs running under log console.


So, this is how you add Camel Route to your web application. That's all.

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