The Aniketos Runtime platform is based on Apache Karaf OSGi container. Another key technology for the platform is Apache CXF DOSGi. This is an implementation of OSGi Remote Services that allows services in different containers to be discovered and exchange information. In a simple scenario, CXF DOSGi can also be used to provide a SOAP WSDL service from inside an OSGi bundle. This service can be consumed from either an OSGi client in another container or a common WSDL client.
In this post I would like to demonstrate how easy it is to use Declarative Services in Karaf. The source code will be based on the Converter service and client that were used in a previous example about remote services. This time however both the service and the client will reside in the same OSGi container and instead of Activators Declarative Services will be used.
Remote Services is a feature introduced in the 4.2 version of the OSGi specification. It provides a way for accessing OSGi services from remote OSGi containers. CXF DOSGi is an open source implementation of Remote Services.
The WRAP protocol provides a convenient way to install bundles in Apache Karaf in many situations. I will try to describe it here with some real examples.
First let us try to install ecj-3.5.1.jar. This is the Eclipse Compiler for Java bundle and can be downloaded from a Maven repository.
Start Karaf and type:
Apache Karaf provides many convenient ways for bundles installation:
Spring JDBC provides an excellent alternative to the dreadful Java JDBC API for accessing a database. However, using it in an OSGi container isn't so easy, as there are some pitfalls to avoid. I will try to describe here a solution to this problem.
First let's create a test database. We are going to use MySQL. Open a MySQL command prompt and type the following:
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