Spring Integration Java DSL Milestone 1 Released

Releases | Artem Bilan | May 08, 2014 | ...

The Spring Integration development team is pleased to announce the release of the First Milestone of the Java DSL extension for Spring Integration!

The general purpose of the Java DSL is to provide a fluent and convenient API for Message Flows based on EIP and avoid boilerplate Spring Integration configuration.

The org.springframework.integration:spring-integration-java-dsl:1.0.0.M1 artifact is available from the Spring IO Milestone Repository.

You can find in more information in the Reference Manual and from source code, however let us shed some light on the main features.

The Concept

The Spring Integration Java DSL is not similar to existing Scala and Groovy DSls; nor is it similar to the Apache Camel Java DSL, although it does implement the method-chain principle.

Our main goal is to reuse existing practices from the Spring Framework JavaConfig (@Configuration classes), as well from Spring Integration Core components. To achieve the method-chain principle, we provide a set of builders and their factories. Also Java 8 Lambdas provide some additional assistance for clean syntax.

The Basics

The central class is IntegrationFlows - the IntegrationFlowBuilder factory, - which should be used from a @Bean definition method to populate the IntegrationFlow bean using method-chains and Lambdas as parameters. The IntegrationFlowBuilder provides a lot of overloaded methods to configure Integration Endpoints. We call them EIP-methods. The canonical sample:

public IntegrationFlow helloWorldFlow() {
	return IntegrationFlows.from("helloWorldInput")
			.transform("Hello "::concat)

Using Spring Integration terms the description for the sample above is:

  • A Message is sent to the "helloWorldInput" channel;
  • The filter accepts it only if its payload is the String "World";
  • The transformer prefixes the payload with Hello ;
  • The handler prints the result to the STDOUT;
  • if the original payload isn't "World", we won't see anything in the console - the Message is discarded by


The Spring Integration Java DSL can be used in existing applications as is, and can be wired with exising Messaging Annotations configuration or Spring Integration XML configuration, and, of course, in Spring Boot applications.

Plesae refer to the Reference Manual mentioned above for more information.

Wrapping up

This is just the beginning and we are working on an appropriate solution to configure protocol-specific adapters using similar fluent API and Lambdas. Please don't hesitate to share your thoughts and feedback: Spring Forum, StackOverflow (spring-integration tag), Spring JIRA.

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