Virgo Snaps with Apache Tiles integration

After smoke tests become time to try using Virgo Snaps in more practical way. In modular application it will be useful to run it with templating framework. According to animal-menu-bar sample it will be better if developer of snap will not know anything about layout of host application and snippets like:

 

(...)

 

will be not necessary to put in snap pages.

So lets modify a bit hosts jsps. Template page could look similar to old index.jsp:

 


Now index.jspshould not have includes:   The Snap Menu Bar sample is intended to showcase the ability to dynamically change the content of a menu bar using snaps. Each of the snaps that might be displayed in the menu bar includes a top and bottom JSP page and inherits it’s styling from the host bundle. Therefore, the snap bundle is only responsible for showing a small subset of content.   Template definition should have one template without any attributes (it will be added dynamicly):


 

To dynamic adding this definitions we must implement our TilesView. I’ve used one which is a part of parancoe – Open Source Java Web Framework available on Google Code: http://code.google.com/p/parancoe/source/browse/plugins/parancoe-plugin-tiles/src/main/java/org/parancoe/plugin/tiles/CheapTilesView.java?r=f42be9c3c8e2df436d4970cfdaea1aff73d9cfdb and modify it a bit for our purposes. Most interesting part is:

 

    protected void renderMergedOutputModel(Map model, HttpServletRequest request,
            HttpServletResponse response)
            throws Exception {

        try {
            super.renderMergedOutputModel(model, request, response);
        } catch (TilesException te) {
            lazyRegisterThanRender(request, response);
        } catch (Exception ex) {
            ex.printStackTrace();
        }
    }

    private void lazyRegisterThanRender(HttpServletRequest request, HttpServletResponse response) throws IllegalStateException {
        ServletContext servletContext = getServletContext();
        MutableTilesContainer container = (MutableTilesContainer)
                ServletUtil.getContainer(servletContext);;
        Definition definition = new Definition();

        String[] arr = parsePath(getUrl());
        String subContextPart = arr[0];
        String mainUrlPart    = arr[1];

        definition.setName(getUrl());
        definition.setExtends((String) getAttribute(KEY_DEFAULT_TEMPLATE,
                DEFAULT_DEFAULT_TEMPLATE));
        String attributeList = (String) getAttribute(KEY_DEFAULT_ATTRIBUTES,
                DEFAULT_DEFAULT_ATTRIBUTES);

        String[] attributes = attributeList.split(",");
        if (attributes.length == 1) {
            addAttributeWithPathValueToDefinition(attributes[0], subContextPart, mainUrlPart, definition);
        } else {
            for (String attribute : attributes) {
                addAttributeWithPathValueToDefinition(attributes[0], subContextPart, mainUrlPart + "_" + attribute, definition);
            }
        }

        container.register(definition, request, response);
        container.render(getUrl(), new Object[]{request, response});
    }

 

How can we see here, lazyRegisterThanRender will be invoked if Tiles will have problems in our case in resolving view name. This method registering new template which extends default one. It also adds attributes taking its values from view name. parsePath parsing path in form: view@snap or only: view:

 

    private String[] parsePath(String path) {
        String[] arr = new String[] {"", ""};
        int indexOfAt = path.indexOf('@');
        if (indexOfAt > 0) {
            arr[0] = '/' + path.substring(indexOfAt+1, path.length());
            arr[1] = path.substring(0, indexOfAt);
        } else {
            arr[1] = path;
        }
        return arr;
    }

 

In our case will be only body attribute.

To use Tiles we should define tilesConfigurer in spring context. But before this we must declare DispatcherServlet in web.xml which will past requests to our controllers in web.xml:

 

        
            snap
            org.springframework.web.servlet.DispatcherServlet
            2

            snap
            /*

After this simply adding WEB-INF/snap-servlet.xml context of application will be read:

 



                /WEB-INF/tiles.xml

 

 

After this, we must to add templates definitions: lib/tiles-jsp.tld and few entries in template.mf:

 

Manifest-Version: 1
Bundle-SymbolicName: animal.menu.bar
Bundle-Version: 1.0
Bundle-ManifestVersion: 2
Bundle-Name: Multiple Styles Host
Web-ContextPath: /animal-menu-bar
Import-Library:
 org.springframework.spring;version="[3.0,3.1)"
Import-Bundle:
 com.springsource.org.apache.taglibs.standard;version="[1.1.2,1.3)",
 com.springsource.javax.servlet.jsp.jstl;version="[1.1.2, 1.1.3)",
 org.eclipse.virgo.snaps.api;version="[1.0,2.0)",
 com.springsource.org.apache.tiles;version="2.1.3",
 org.apache.tiles.core;version="2.1.3",
 org.apache.tiles.servlet;version="2.1.3",
 org.apache.tiles.jsp;version="2.1.3"
Import-Package:
 org.eclipse.virgo.snaps.core;version="[1.0,2.0)",
 javax.servlet;version="2.5",
 javax.servlet.http;version="2.5",
 javax.servlet.jsp;version="2.1",
 org.tuckey.web.filters.urlrewrite;version="[3.1.0,3.1.0]",
 org.springframework.js.resource;version="[2.0,2.1)",
 org.springframework.stereotype;version="[3.0,3.1)",
 org.springframework.web.bind.annotation;version="[3.0,3.1)",
 org.springframework.web.servlet;version="[3.0,3.1)",
 org.springframework.web.servlet.view.tiles2;version="[3.0,3.1)",
 org.apache.tiles;version="2.1.3",
 org.apache.tiles.context;version="2.1.3",
 org.apache.tiles.impl;version="2.1.3",
 org.apache.tiles.jsp.context;version="2.1.3",
 org.apache.tiles.mgmt;version="2.1.3",
 org.apache.tiles.renderer.impl;version="2.1.3",
 org.apache.tiles.servlet.context;version="2.1.3"

 

Our MainController will look like:

 

@Controller
public class MainController {
    @RequestMapping("/")
    public String rootHandler() {
        return "index";
    }
    @RequestMapping("/index.htm")
    public String snapHandler(@RequestParam("snap") String snap) {
        return "index@" + snap;
    }
}

 

So we must change top.jsp in host application:

 

  • “> ${snap.properties[‘link.text’]}

 

 

And also in snap.properties of both snaps link.path so it should be equals to snap subcontext (e.g. cat, dog).

After all of this we will have some troubles with resources handling so will be necessary to add urlrewrite filters like it was writed on Rob’s blog about Spring Slices – precursor of Snaps:

Our repository/usr should have:

 

commons-beanutils-1.8.0.jar
commons-digester-1.8.1.jar
com.springsource.org.apache.commons.collections-3.2.1.jar
com.springsource.org.apache.tiles-2.1.3.jar
com.springsource.org.tuckey.web.filters.urlrewrite-3.1.0.jar
org.eclipse.virgo.snaps.api.jar
org.eclipse.virgo.snaps.core.jar
tiles-core-2.1.3.jar
tiles-jsp-2.1.3.jar
tiles-servlet-2.1.3.jar

 

which we can copy from maven repository.

Patch with these changes is available on github

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