SparkJava (step 1) – Basics of microservice with Java

sparkjava-logoSparkJava is a small and efficient micro-service framework for the java platform.

Based on the simple JaveSE, it provides all things needed to serve quick and smart REST werbservice, in respect with the Micro-Service paragygm.

Building a quick and securized Rest WebService is no more than writing a simple java class containing the famous main(String[]) method !

to create a minimalistic JSON REST Web service you will need :

file :

package com.webcontext.apps;
import static spark.Spark.*;
public class App {
 private static final String WS_SECRET_KEY="MySecretkey";
 public static void main(String[] args) {
   // retrieve some data
 get("/post", (request, response) -> {
   // ....
 // retrieve some data with parameters
 get("/post/:id", (request, response) -> {
   // ....
 return "Post id: " + request.params(":id");
 // Create some data
 post("/post", (request, response) -> {
   // ....
 // Update some data
 put("/post/:id", (request, response) -> {
 String postId = request.params(":id");
   // ....
 // delete some data
 delete("/", (request, response) -> {
   // ....

And add in the same class the following code. all request to the applicaiton will be « filtered » by this before method to verify the presence of a WS-KEY attribute in the Http header:

  * Verify some thing in header on each request (authentication ?!)
  before((request, response) -> {
   boolean authenticated = ( ( request.getHeader("WS-KEY")!=null) 
        && request.getHeader("WS-KEY").equals(WS_SECRET_KEY);
      if (!authenticated) {
        halt(401, "You are not welcome here");

Ant the small utility class to serve object as JSON

file :

public class JsonTransformer implements ResponseTransformer {

    private Gson gson = new Gson();

    public String render(Object model) {
        return gson.toJson(model);


Now the url http://localhost:4567/post will serve a 401 error page if no WS-KEY is provide, or if authorization key is here, will serve a list of posts in a JSON format.

See the demonstration project at

just clone the repo locally,

  $> git clone

build it:

  $> mvn clean install

and run it !

  $> java -jar target/sparkpost-0.0.1-SNAPSHOT.jar

And navigate to http://localhost:9000/post

You must been showed with « a non welcome message » :

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But if you use a REST client and add a specific header :


And request the previous URL (here is a screenshot from the Chrome Postman ReST client):

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The sparkpost app will reply a small response corresonding to the HTTP request proposed by the first method:

// retrieve some data 
get("/post", (request, response) -> { 
  return "list of posts"; 
}, new JsonTransformer());

And if we test other request with our HTTP REST client, we will get similar response.

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Ok the first steps are covered. Now, we will go further by adding some database information and a MongoDb server instance for some DevOps tests.

To Be Continued…



– SparkJava Documentation link (


we are using maven, please find bellow the used dependencies and plugins:


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Maven Plugins

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