Spring integration Java DSL 1.1 M1 is available

Releases | Artem Bilan | April 15, 2015 | ...

Dear Spring community,

We are pleased to announce that the Spring Integration Java DSL 1.1 Milestone 1 is now available. Use the Milestone Repository with Maven or Gradle to try it in early access.

compile "org.springframework.integration:spring-integration-java-dsl:1.1.0.M1"

To be honest, many of the planned features for 1.1 are not implemented yet, but thanks to encouragement from our pal Josh Long and the recent announcement about the Apache Kafka support (Spring Integration Kafka Support 1.1 Release, Spring XD 1.1.1 Release), we've released this Milestone 1 mainly to showcase the Apache Kafka support in the Java Configuration DSL.

We'll look at that, and other, features from this release in this post.

Apache Kafka Support

Let's start with some "trivial" sample from the KafkaTests class in the Spring Integration Java DSL :

public ConnectionFactory connectionFactory(EmbeddedZookeeper zookeeper) {
        return new DefaultConnectionFactory(
                new ZookeeperConfiguration(zookeeper.connectString()));

public OffsetManager offsetManager(ConnectionFactory connectionFactory) {
        MetadataStoreOffsetManager offsetManager =
                           new MetadataStoreOffsetManager(connectionFactory);
        // start reading at the end of the
       return offsetManager;

public IntegrationFlow listeningFromKafkaFlow(
                    ConnectionFactory connectionFactory,
                    OffsetManager offsetManager) {
     return IntegrationFlows
         .from(Kafka.messageDriverChannelAdapter(connectionFactory, TEST_TOPIC)
		  .keyDecoder(b -> Integer.valueOf(new String(b)))
		  .configureListenerContainer(c ->
         .<String, String>transform(String::toUpperCase)
         .channel(c -> c.queue("listeningFromKafkaResults"))
  • The EmbeddedZookeeper is a part of Apache Kafka test artifact (testCompile 'org.apache.kafka:kafka_2.10:' in our case) and, along with many other features like kafka.utils.TestUtils, it is very useful for unit testing.
  • Please refer to the Spring Integration Kafka project for more information on ConnectionFactory and OffsetManager.
  • The most important part in the config above is IntegrationFlow bean definition. The Spring Integration Java DSL provides a namespace factory - Kafka - which utilizes IntegrationComponentSpec implementations for the Spring Integration Kafka adapters, like KafkaMessageDrivenChannelAdapterSpec for the KafkaMessageDrivenChannelAdapter.
  • An example of the builder pattern, the spec just delegates options from method-chain to the underlying KafkaMessageDrivenChannelAdapter instance.
  • For those, like yours truly, who are not familiar with Scala (which is the language Apache Kafka is written in), pay attention to the .payloadDecoder(String::new) line. The kafka.serializer.Decoder is a Scala trait that is compiled to a Java interface (not a class!) so we can represent it here as a Java 8 lambda method.
  • the .configureListenerContainer() is a lambda-aware method to separate concerns for the KafkaMessageListenerContainer-specific options.

The other self-explained factory-methods from the Kafka namespace factory are .inboundChannelAdapter(...) for the KafkaHighLevelConsumerMessageSource polling adapter and .outboundChannelAdapter(...) for the KafkaProducerMessageHandler. Please refer to their JavaDocs for more information.

For more information, check out Josh Long's post on Using Apache Kafka for Integration and Data Processing Pipelines with Spring!

POJO Method invocation

A lot of the great feedback from the community (Webinar Replay: Introducing the Java DSL for Spring Integration) was around the bean method invocation components (services, transformers, routers, etc.) and we heard you loud-and-clear: component method selection has been improved. Here is a sample that is analogous to a <int:service-activator input-channel="greetingChannel" ref="greetingService"/> in the XML configuration:

public class MyConfiguration {

	private GreetingService greetingService;

	public IntegrationFlow greetingFlow() {
		return IntegrationFlows.from("greetingChannel")


public class GreetingService {

   public void greeting(String payload) {
        System.out.println("Hello " + payload);

Here, the greeting method will automatically be selected by the framework. There is an alternative that takes a methodName argument to specify a method in the case of ambiguity. Similar POJO method invocation EIP-methods have been introduced for many other EIP implementations like transform(Object service, String methodName), split(Object service), etc.

The Spring Integration Java DSL also respects Spring Integration messaging annotations like @ServiceActivator, @Router, @Filter, etc., and even @Payload, @Header. Please, refer to IntegrationFlowDefinition JavaDocs for more information.


It shouldn't be a surprise that as IntegrationFlow is an interface, we can just provide its direct implementation as a custom component and it works as-is in the Spring Integration Java DSL environment:

public class MyFlow implements IntegrationFlow {

	public void configure(IntegrationFlowDefinition<?> f) {
		f.<String, String>transform(String::toUpperCase);


This is similar to the @Bean definitions, but this approach helps our components stay more loosely coupled.

But, wait, there's more! IntegrationFlow implementations (like lambdas in the @Bean definition case) are limited to DirectChannel input channels. We went further here and introduced the IntegrationFlowAdapter. Here's my favorite sample to demonstrate how it can be used:

public class MyFlowAdapter extends IntegrationFlowAdapter {

        private final AtomicBoolean invoked = new tomicBoolean();

        public Date nextExecutionTime(TriggerContext triggerContext) {
              return this.invoked.getAndSet(true) ? null : new Date();

       protected IntegrationFlowDefinition<?> buildFlow() {
          return from(this, "messageSource",
                        e -> e.poller(p -> p.trigger(this::nextExecutionTime)))
		   .aggregate(a -> a.processor(this, null), null)
		   .enrichHeaders(Collections.singletonMap("foo", "FOO"))
		   .channel(c -> c.queue("myFlowAdapterOutput"));

      public String messageSource() {
	       return "B,A,R";

      public String[] split(String payload) {
           return StringUtils.commaDelimitedListToStringArray(payload);

      public String transform(String payload) {
           return payload.toLowerCase();

      public String aggregate(List<String> payloads) {
             return payloads.stream().collect(Collectors.joining());

      public boolean filter(@Header Optional<String> foo) {
              return foo.isPresent();

      public String handle(String payload, @Header String foo) {
             return payload + ":" + foo;


Of course, with the POJO method invocation support (see above) it won't be possible to build the flow so easily.

Dynamic Languages (Scripting) Support

The Spring Framework and Spring Integration have supported Dynamic Languages for a long time now and it is, mostly, linked with XML Spring configuration. It may look strange to deal with scripts (like Groovy, Ruby, JavaScript, etc.) from Java code, but we find it a useful tool for reloading functionality at runtime, and when Java lambas aren't dynamic enough. Let's look at the Scripts namespace factory in the Spring Integration Java DSL:

public class ScriptsConfiguration {

	private Resource splitterScript;

	public PollableChannel results() {
		return new QueueChannel();

	public IntegrationFlow scriptSplitter() {
		return f -> f
                                              .variable("foo", "bar"))


This Scripting support allows us to deal only with external resources, which can be changed and reloaded at runtime. The inline scripts, which are supported by the Spring Integration Scripting module, don't make sense because we have Java 8 lambdas for those cases.

Inline WireTap

The Wire Tap EI Pattern is implemented as a ChannelInterceptor in Spring Integration and can be injected into any MessageChannel as an interceptor like this:

public MessageChannel myChannel() {
     return MessageChannels.direct()
                .interceptor(new WireTap(loggerChannel()))

The IntegrationFlow definition allows us to omit MessageChannel declarations between EIP components, so we've introduced an inline .wireTap() EIP-method to allow a WireTap injection for those anonymous channels. Here are some samples:

public IntegrationFlow wireTapFlow1() {
	return IntegrationFlows.from("tappedChannel1")
                         wt -> wt.selector(m -> m.getPayload().equals("foo")))

public IntegrationFlow wireTapFlow2() {
	return f -> f
		.wireTap(sf -> sf
			.<String, String>transform(String::toUpperCase)
			.channel(c -> c.queue("wireTapSubflowResult")))

Please see the IntegrationFlowDefinition.wireTap() methods JavaDocs for more information and don't miss our test-cases from project page on GitHub.

Wrap up

There's much to do for the 1.1 release, like further simplification of .aggregate(), etc. configuration, an ability to inject external sub-flows, the ability to configure IntegrationComponentSpec implementations as a separate @Bean to simplify the target flow definitions, more protocol-specific Namespace Factories and more. Don't hesitate to reach us via StackOverflow, JIRA and GitHub issues to share your thoughts and ideas!

Project Page | JIRA | Issues | [Contributions] (https://github.com/spring-projects/spring-integration/blob/master/CONTRIBUTING.md) | StackOverflow (spring-integration tag)

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