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Java Spring Boot Local Development

🕓 30 minutes

What you’ll learn

How to set up your local development environment to:

  • develop a Java Spring Boot component;
  • run on your machine the developed component in the local development mode.


Prepare local development IDE

  • Clone code from the created git repository to your local machine.

  • Use your favourite IDE and import the cloned repository as a Maven project. You will need to:

    • have Java 11+ installed;
    • enable Maven support in your IDE;
    • install Apache Maven if not already installed.
  • Set up your local environment:

    • go to details of created component in CodeNOW;
    • at the bottom of this page, you'll find the Setup local environment section;
    • copy the configuration;
    • find the m2 folder in your local computer (not always, but often it's in C:\Users\your_name path);
    • create the settings.xml file there, if it does not exist already;
    • paste the copied configuration to the file;
    • don't forget to insert your CodeNOW password instead of ENTER YOUR PASSWORD HERE;
    • save the file.

  • To run the project in the local development setup, check the file. The required minimum is to set the path to the Spring Boot configuration file as a JVM startup parameter:
  • You can also configure this server to listen on a custom port (the default port is 8080).
  • -Dserver.port=9090
  • This comes in handy when running multiple projects at once, which is very common with microservice-oriented architectures.
  • Start Run/Debug in your IDE.
    • The component should successfully start up with port 8080 exposed
    • Check swagger-ui by clicking on http://localhost:8080/swagger/index.html
      • If you require additional information about Swagger UI, check their online site.
      • Swagger UI is used as a simple Swagger presentation UI.
      • Any changes made in the code are automatically propagated to swagger-ui (courtesy of SpringFox).
      • The same Swagger UI is used as a documentation tool. It provides also an easy way to test the functionality of your component’s API.

Docker Compose and third-party tools

Some manuals for CodeNOW work with different third-party components like Apache Kafka or Redis. The easiest way for local development is to download the publicly available Docker Compose receipts. Here is a list of examples used during the writing of this manual:

Set up run configurations in the IDE IntelliJ IDEA

There are two ways to display the run/debug configuration settings in the IntelliJ IDEA:

  1. Click on the "Add configuration" button at the top of the screen. In the version of the IntelliJ IDEA dating from 2021, the button is located in the upper-left corner. In earlier versions, it is located in the upper-right corner.

    FirstWayAddConfigurationIt is also possible to use the top menu by clicking on the "Run" and "Edit Configuration...".SecondWayAddConfiguration
  2. In the Run/Debug Configurations dialog, follow the steps in the picture. In the Spring Boot Application environment, set this line in the VM options:


    Then click on the "Apply" button. Confirm your changes by clicking on the "OK" button.


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