Using JSON-P, aka JSR 353 with Jersey 1.x, or indeed any JAX-RS 1.x

I have been playing with JSON-P a little bit recently and one of the thing I wanted to try as making it work with Jersey 1.x. (Jersey 2.x has this functionality built in).

I had hoped to use the org.glassfish:jsonp-jaxp component that comes from the json-p project; but it depends on the JAX-RS 2.0 API. With a bit of friendly badgering of the ever helpful Pavel Bucek, a (more...)

Making your JSON-P (JSR-353) code slightly prettier

The JSON-P API as described in JSR-353 is a limited API for working with JSON; but at the basic level it will do the job. It is possible to add a few utility methods that can make your code, in my eyes, prettier.

The first think that annoyed me was the use of Json.createObjectBuilder() and Json.createArrayBuilder() when trying to construct a JSONObject.

So lets create a nice helper class with some very short (more...)

Selecting level of detail returned by varying the content type, part II

In my previous entry, we looked at using the feature of MOXy to control the level of data output for a particular entity. This post looks at an abstraction provided by Jersey 2.x that allows you to define a custom set of annotations to have the same effect.

As before we have an almost trivial resource that returns an object that Jersey will covert to JSON for us, note that for the moment (more...)

Selecting level of detail returned by varying the content type

So I have been playing with the various ways of generating JSON in Jersey this week and I have been looking at solutions to the problem of returning different levels of detail depending on the client requirements. Here is one solution that uses the MoXY JAX-B provider in Jersey 2.x.

Consider this very simple hello world class:

public class SelectableHello {
    @Produces({"application/json; level=normal", "application/json; level=summary", "application/json; level=detailed"})
    public Message hello() {
        return  (more...)

Post-hoc tracing using a debugger

Once nice little features of most debuggers that I have been exercising recently is the ability to log information on a breakpoint. This can be a really useful was to understand code without having to modify it is involve byte code modification.

Let's consider this very trivial and inefficient implementation of a function to return the n'th number in the Fibonacci sequence.

public class Fib {

    public long fib(long number) {
        return number < 1 ? 0 :    // Breakpoint here
            number < 2 ? 1 : fib(number - 2) + fib(number - 1);

    public static void main(String[] args) {

        Fib fib = new Fib();



Now we (more...)

Lambda’ery WebSocket code (from UKTECH13 presentation)

At UKTECH13 I was asked to post the source code to the WebSocket used in my presentation, primarily because it was using JDK 8 constructs that were unfamiliar to many. One of the very nice things about the changes to the languages and the supporting library changes is the lack (more...)