A little while back, I knocked up Qzr to demonstrate using Spring Boot with the Drools rules engine. However, I also wanted to play around with a few more technologies (AngularJS and Spring HATEOAS), so it’s a bit large for just demonstrating exposing Drools rules as an HTTP web service.
A few folks found it difficult to pick out the essentials of running Drools in a Spring Boot application, so I thought I’d have a go at creating a simpler application, which does nothing more than that.
Hence, the Bus Pass Web Service.
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The Spring Data project keeps making it easier to do database access in Spring applications, and one of the neatest improvements of recent times is that by defining an interface which extends JpaRepository and referencing a JPA entity, an implementation will automatically be injected with all the usual CRUD methods: findAll(), findOne(id), save(entity), delete(id), etc.
Recently I was working on a project, where I had taken full advantage of this, and for which I needed to add domain objects from an additional database. Unfortunately, as soon as I added references to entities in a different database I started experiencing troubles. For instance:
Not an managed type: class com.sctrcd.multidsdemo.domain.bar.Bar
… which was being caused by my repository being injected with the entityManager and transactionManager for the other database. Here I walk through how I resolved the problems and got things working.
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For the past few years I have been designing and building web services which make use of decision management technology such as Drools and FICO Blaze Advisor. The past year or so has all been about using Drools Guvnor to enable business users (legal and operations teams) manage rules, and using the Drools rules engine to evaluate trade requests against those rules.
My preference in setting up web services is to use the Spring Framework to configure my application and manage its various components. However, I struggled to find much information online about how best to wire up a Spring web application to make use of Drools for rules evaluation. The Drools documentation does include a chapter on Spring integration, but I found that it didn’t seem to make the integration any simpler, and forced dependencies on older versions of Spring that I didn’t want to use. In the end, I decided to hand-crank the integration in my application, and it turned out to be quite easy to do.
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