Spring Java Config

After Spring came out with annotations based Java configuration, I found them very handy. Get rid of the xml Spring configs, as the Java configs are safe with refactoring, more readable and less verbose. I will give some of the examples that I used:

Configuration of Jdbc Connection Pool

Configuration of Spring MVC

Note the use of WebMvcConfigurerAdapter. It comes in handy when you want to work with Spring MVC. Especially note worthy is the configureMessageConverters() method. You would use that to configure a REST service. It would define how Spring handles the @ResponseBody or @RestController annotation, to translate a POJO to the response type: json, xml, etc. In the above example, we are using MappingJackson2HttpMessageConverter to convert our POJOs to JSON and Jaxb2RootElementHttpMessageConverter to convert them to XML.

Excluding a specific class from the config

Sometimes it so happens that we would like to selectively disable a couple of classes from the annotation config. This is how it is done:



The sources can be found here:


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