14 April 2013

In the first post in this series, I introduced Spring's Java configuration mechanism. There is the base configuration style, and - as we saw - there are annotations (like @EnableWebMvc) that turn on container-wide, and often conventions-oriented features. In the case of @EnableWebMvc, the annotation enables Spring MVC and turns on support for correctly exposing @Controller-annotated beans as HTTP endpoints. Java configuration APIs of the same style as @EnableWebMvc can often optionally implement interfaces that are used to contribute, change, or otherwise tailor the API. Most Spring projects today offer beta-or-better APIs that work in this same manner. In this post, we'll look at Spring Batch's Java Configuration API available in the upcoming 2.2 release.

Spring Batch provides a solution for batch processing. It lets you describe jobs, which themselves have steps, which read input from some source system (a large RDBMS dataset, a large CSV file or XML document, etc.), optionally process the input, and then write the output to a destination system like an RDBMS, a file, or a message queue.

public class BatchInfrastructureConfiguration   {

    public TaskScheduler taskScheduler() {
        return new ConcurrentTaskScheduler();

    public PlatformTransactionManager transactionManager(DataSource ds) {
        return new DataSourceTransactionManager(ds);

    public DataSource dataSource(Environment environment) {

        String pw = environment.getProperty("dataSource.password"),
                user = environment.getProperty("dataSource.user"),
                url = environment.getProperty("dataSource.url");

        Class classOfDs = environment.getPropertyAsClass("dataSource.driverClassName", Driver.class);

        SimpleDriverDataSource dataSource = new SimpleDriverDataSource();

        return dataSource;

Once you've done this, you can start describing jobs using the Spring Batch configuration DSL. Here, we define a job named flickrImportJob which in turn has one step, step1, that in turn reads data using an ItemReader named photoAlbumItemReader and writes data using an ItemWriter named photoAlbumItemWriter.

@Scope(proxyMode = ScopedProxyMode.TARGET_CLASS)
public class BatchImporterConfiguration {

    @Bean(name = "flickrImportJob")
    public Job flickrImportJob(
            JobBuilderFactory jobs,
            @Qualifier("step1") Step s1 
    ) {
        return jobs.get("flickrImportJob")

    @Bean(name = "step1")
    public Step step1(StepBuilderFactory stepBuilderFactory,
                      @Qualifier("photoAlbumItemReader") ItemReader ir,
                      @Qualifier("photoAlbumItemWriter") ItemWriter iw
    ) {
        return stepBuilderFactory.get("step1")
    // ... omitting definitions of ItemReader and ItemWriters