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I am using Jersey for a long time to implement REST services and I am relatively happy Jersey user. One thing that is problematic is the fact that I am using Jersey as a standalone application (without any J2EE container) and finding tutorials how to do it isn't always easy. For example how to use Component Injection with such standalone Jersey was a mystery for me for a long time...



Of course, the trivial things are easy. One can use the javax.inject annotations to identify the injection slots:

@Path("/timing/") @Singleton
public final class TimingResource {
    private Storage storage;
    private ContactsResource contacts;

That is one side of the story. The other side requires one to register classes implementing these components into the system when configuring the server:

static HttpServer createServer(URI u, File dir) {
   ResourceConfig rc = new ResourceConfig(
       TimingResource.class, ContactsResource.class, Storage.class, Main.class
   HttpServer server = GrizzlyHttpServerFactory.createHttpServer(u, rc);

Such solution works, but it has one problem: how can the instances be configured? The system just calls their default (no argument) constructor and for example the Storage class would benefit from actually knowing the location where to store its data. So far I was solving that with a system property: Reading System.getProperty("storage.dir") inside the default constructor. That is of course quite hacky - I knew there had to be a better way, but I never invested enough time to find it out. Just today...

Your Own Binder

The solution is simple. One can register own AbstractBinder:

ResourceConfig rc = new ResourceConfig(
    TimingResource.class, ContactsResource.class, Main.class
final Storage storage = dir == null ? Storage.empty() : Storage.forDirectory(dir);
rc.registerInstances(new AbstractBinder() {
    protected void configure() {
HttpServer server = GrizzlyHttpServerFactory.createHttpServer(u, rc);

Now it is possible to properly prepare and configure the appropriate instance of Storage and then just bind it to Storage.class when the Injection is about to happen. There is just a single downside: this is a Jersey specific solution - it uses org.glassfish.hk2.utilities.binding.AbstractBinder - but yeah, great that it works and the non JAX-RS standardized code is anyway located just in the main method initialization.

The Real Example

Here is the diff that I applied to my real project to enable the use of injection. And here you can find the change that allows me to pre-configure the instance of Storage when initializing the server: the diff.

The Best Tutorial

Of course, all of this is already explained in an existing tutorial - it is just not that easy to find it. It really helps if a guy who wrote significant part of Jersey is your co-worker, sitting 2m away from you...

Thanks Jakub!

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