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jboss-logging-tools: Internationalization and Localization with JBoss Logging Tools

What is it?

The jboss-logging-tools quickstart demonstrates the use of JBoss Logging Tools in Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform. The logging tools create internationalized loggers, exceptions, and generic messages; and then provide localizations for them. This is done using a simple JAX-RS service. Translations in French(fr-FR), German(de-DE), and Swedish (sv-SE) are provided courtesy of for demonstration. My apologies if they are less than ideal translations.

Once the quick start is deployed you can access it using URLs documented below.

Instructions are included below for starting JBoss EAP with a different locale than the system default.

System requirements

The application this project produces is designed to be run on Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 7 or later.

All you need to build this project is Java 8.0 (Java SDK 1.8) or later and Maven 3.1.1 or later. See Configure Maven for JBoss EAP 7 to make sure you are configured correctly for testing the quickstarts.

Use of EAP7_HOME

In the following instructions, replace EAP7_HOME with the actual path to your JBoss EAP installation. The installation path is described in detail here: Use of EAP7_HOME and JBOSS_HOME Variables.

Configure the JBoss EAP Server to Start With a Different Locale (Optional)

To start the JBoss EAP server with a different locale than the system default:

  1. Make a backup copy of the EAP7_HOME/bin/standalone.conf file.
  2. Edit the file and append commands to set the JVM parameters for the required country and language. Eg. Germany and German, DE and de.

     JAVA_OPTS="$JAVA_OPTS -Duser.language=de" This can be done as a single line if you prefer:
     JAVA_OPTS="$JAVA_OPTS -Duser.language=de"   

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Start the JBoss EAP Server

  1. Open a command prompt and navigate to the root of the JBoss EAP directory.
  2. The following shows the command line to start the server:

     For Linux:   EAP7_HOME/bin/
     For Windows: EAP7_HOME\bin\standalone.bat

Build and Deploy the Quickstart

  1. Make sure you have started the JBoss EAP server as described above.
  2. Open a command prompt and navigate to the root directory of this quickstart.
  3. Type this command to build and deploy the archive:

     mvn clean install wildfly:deploy
  4. This will deploy target/jboss-logging-tools.war to the running instance of the server.

Access the application

The application will be running at the following URL: http://localhost:8080/jboss-logging-tools/

This landing page provides details and links to test the quickstart features. You can also directly access the following URLs.

  1. http://localhost:8080/jboss-logging-tools/rest/greetings/'name'
  2. http://localhost:8080/jboss-logging-tools/rest/greetings/'locale'/'name'
    • Example: http://localhost:8080/jboss-logging-tools/rest/greetings/fr-FR/Harold
    • Demonstrates how to obtain a message bundle for a specified locale and how to throw a localized exceptions. Note that the localized exception is a wrapper around WebApplicationException.
    • Returns a localized "hello name" string where name is the last component of the URL and the locale used is the one supplied in the locale URL.
    • Logs a localized "Hello message sent in locale" message using the JVM locale for the translation.
    • If the supplied locale is invalid (in this case if it contains more than 3 components, eg. fr-FR-POSIX-FOO), it throws a WebApplicationException (404) using a localizable sub-class of WebApplicationException.

      Note that WebApplicationException cannot be directly localized by JBoss Logging Tools using the @Message annotation due to the message parameter being ignored by the WebApplicationException constructors. Cases like this can be worked around by creating a subclass with a constructor that does deal with the message parameter.

  3. http://localhost:8080/jboss-logging-tools/rest/greetings/crashme
    • Demonstrates how to throw a localized exception with another exception specified as the cause. This is a completely contrived example.
    • Attempts to divide by zero, catches the exception, and throws the localized one.
  4. http://localhost:8080/jboss-logging-tools/rest/dates/daysuntil/'targetdate'
    • Example: http://localhost:8080/jboss-logging-tools/rest/dates/daysuntil/2020-12-25
    • Demonstrates how to pass parameters through to the constructor of a localized exception, and how to specify an exception as a cause of a log message.
    • Attempts to turn the targetdate URL component into a date object using the format yyyy-MM-dd
    • Returns number of days (as an integer) until that date
    • If the targetdate is invalid, for example, http://localhost:8080/jboss-logging-tools/rest/dates/daysuntil/2015-02-31:
      • Catches the ParseException
      • Creates a localized ParseException passing values from the caught exception as parameters to its constructor
      • Logs a localized message with the localized exception as the cause
      • Throws a WebApplicationException(400) with the text from the localized ParseException

Undeploy the Archive

  1. Make sure you have started the JBoss EAP server as described above.
  2. Open a command prompt and navigate to the root directory of this quickstart.
  3. When you are finished testing, type this command to undeploy the archive:

     mvn wildfly:undeploy

Run the Quickstart in Red Hat JBoss Developer Studio or Eclipse

You can also start the server and deploy the quickstarts or run the Arquillian tests from Eclipse using JBoss tools. For general information about how to import a quickstart, add a JBoss EAP server, and build and deploy a quickstart, see Use JBoss Developer Studio or Eclipse to Run the Quickstarts

You may see the following warning when you import this quickstart into JBoss Developer Studio. You can ignore this warning as it occurs in a generated file.

    The import is never used	
    /jboss-logging-tools/target/generated-sources/annotations/org/jboss/as/quickstarts/loggingToolsQS/exceptions	line 8	
    Java Problem

Debug the Application

If you want to debug the source code of any library in the project, run the following command to pull the source into your local repository. The IDE should then detect it.

  mvn dependency:sources

Recent Changelog

  • Oct 22, 2015(Sande Gilda):JBEAP 1435 Document warning when importing logging tools into JBDS
  • Sep 29, 2015(Sande Gilda):JBEAP 696 Fix date format in logging tools README
  • Aug 27, 2015(Sande Gilda):JBEAP 696 Fix date formats in logging tools README file
  • Aug 20, 2015(Sande Gilda):JBEAP 577 Replace links to shared resources for JBoss EAP 7 material
  • Aug 4, 2015(Sande Gilda):JBEAP 578 Update Maven version in README files
  • Aug 3, 2015(Sande Gilda):JBEAP 564 Clarify Maven instructions
  • Jul 23, 2015(Sande Gilda):Replace CONFIGURE_MAVEN link with CONFIGURE_MAVEN_JBOSS_EAP7 link
  • Jun 24, 2015(Sande Gilda):JDF833 Plugin commands have changed from jboss as prefix to wildfly prefix. jboss as deploy is now wildfly deploy and jboss as undeploy is now wildfly undeploy. Same replacement for port and hostname
  • Jun 17, 2015(Sande Gilda):Update the quickstart README files to remove instructions related to the Maven settings
  • Jun 2, 2015(Sande Gilda):Update quickstart files to remove JBoss EAP version and update to Java EE 7 and SDK 1.8. Replace references to WFK and Sandbox with EAP
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