Java and Spring Data JPA: Easy SQL Data Access
Presenter: Miya W. Longwe, MBA, MSE, Tech Lead, Staples, Inc, Framingham MA 01702
Accessing data repositories in various applications programming languages typically involves writing of tedious boilerplate lines of code. Some application development frameworks such as Spring have tried to make the experience more succinct by providing abstraction layers such as HibernateTemplate and JdbcTemplate, etc. Despite these APIs, the developers still spend a lot time writing repetitive code than concentrating on implementing business requirements. Developers at Spring, led by Oliver Gierke, introduced Spring Data JPA which “aims to significantly improve the implementation of data access layers by reducing the effort to the amount that's actually needed. As a developer you write your repository interfaces, including custom finder methods, and Spring will provide the implementation automatically”.
Spring Data JPA provides a powerful, out-of-the-box alternative to creating your own DAO framework. You declare custom repository operations on an interface, and the framework generates dynamic implementations (not code generation) automatically, based on conventions around method names. As part of the presentation, we'll also review a demo to look at Spring Java configuration (as opposed to XML configuration), and investigate the @Profile annotation – configuration details which may make life a bit easier in various ways when setting up unit testing of our repository classes, using out-of-the-box alternative to creating DAO framework, how to create custom repositories, pagination and support for custom queries among other features.
Miya W. Longwe is a Senior Software Engineer and Tech Lead at Staples, Inc. where he is currently working on an initiative to re-platform the company’s ecommerce architecture to offer platform-driven, modular products that can be quickly customized, enhanced, and branded as needed.
Miya has been a software professional since 1997. His 16 years software development career includes working for large companies to small startups, building solutions for enterprises and consumers, working with a broad range of technologies.
Miya Longwe is a hands-on java developer. He believes that in order to be a relevant and effective software developer one needs to remain a deeply knowledgeable, up-to-date, and productive software developer. His research interests include model-driven engineering, domain specific languages, test driven development and project risk management.
Miya graduated from the University of Malawi (Lilongwe, Malawi) and has an MBA from the University of Wales Cardiff Business School (Wales, UK) and a Masters in Software Engineering from Brandeis University (MA, USA).
Occasionally, Miya can be spotted fishing the banks of the south shore (MA) with his two boys, William and Daniel.