Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Hello World! REST web service using Jersey and Glassfish

Recently I had the need to expose some EJB application functionality to a client PHP application. I wanted to avoid the heavy weight SOAP protocol and REST seemed like a good choice. Wanting to stay within the JAVA language for a more seamless developer experience I came across the JSR 311 spec and the implementation Jersey.

If you are a JAVA programmer and are wanting to use REST in your architecture you might want to investigate Jersey. Most of the Jersey documentation on the web is using Netbeans. I wanted to use Eclipse since that is my primary IDE. So a short post on the Jersey Users mailing list elicited some quick responses with clear instructions on how to use Jersey outside of an IDE.

Here's step by step instruction on how to implement a Hello World REST Web Service. This post assumes that you are using Eclipse with the Maven 2 plugin and using Glassfish V2 and Jersey 0.4-ea release. Jersey is still an evolving spec and so these steps might very well change in the future.

First download Jersey and unzip the file. The 0.4-ea version of the Jersey libraries are not available on the maven site though the older versions are. So you have to install the Jersey libraries (jersey.jar, jsr311-api.jar, jettison-1.0-RC1.jar) into a local maven repository.

Create a new Maven2 project called restapp in Eclipse with the following folder structure


Edit the maven pom.xml file so it looks something like below:

<project xmlns=\"http://maven.apache.org/POM/4.0.0\" xsi=\"http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance\" schemalocation=\"http://maven.apache.org/POM/4.0.0 http://maven.apache.org/maven-v4_0_0.xsd\">























































































Depending on how you installed the downloaded Jersey libraries into your local repository you might have to fix the pom.xml correctly. Also you might not need some of the other libraries I've listed in the pom.xml. I had them anyway because I needed those to make some EJB lookups.

Create a new file web.xml in the src/main/webapp/WEB-INF folder with the following contents



<servlet-name>Jersey Web Application</servlet-name>













<servlet-name>Jersey Web Application</servlet-name>




Create a Java class called rest.resources.RootResources.java in src/main/java. This class should match the webresourceclass parameter value in the web.xml.

The RootResources.java class should like below:

package rest.resources;

import com.sun.ws.rest.api.core.DefaultResourceConfig;

public class RootResources extends DefaultResourceConfig {

public RootResources() {


Now create the rest.resource.HelloResource.java as below:

package rest.resources;

import javax.ws.rs.HttpMethod;
import javax.ws.rs.ProduceMime;
import javax.ws.rs.UriParam;
import javax.ws.rs.UriTemplate;

// The Java class will be hosted at the URI path "/helloworld"
public class HelloResource {

public String sayHello() {
return "Hello World!";

Now execute the mvn clean package command to package the app as a war. You can deploy the war into Glassfish via the admin console or the autodeploy folder. Make sure there are no deployment error messages logged in the Glassfish server.log file.

Fire up your browser and visit http://localhost:8080/restapp-1.0.0/helloworld to REST easy :)


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