This is a To-Do List app extended example which was created with DataKernel and React. It shows how to integrate React
in a DataKernel project and how to simply manage routing using the HTTP module. You can find full example sources on
Here we will consider only the main app class - ApplicationLauncher. It uses DataKernel’s HttpServerLauncher and
AsyncServlet classes for setting up an embedded application server. With this approach, you can create servers with no
XML configurations or third-party dependencies. Moreover, HttpServerLauncher will automatically take care of
launching, running and stopping the application. You’ll only need to provide launcher with servlets.
ApplicationLauncher is the main class of the program. Besides launching the application, it also handles routing and
most of the corresponding logic. We will use DataKernel HttpServerLauncher and extend it:
So, first, we define codecs for our two entities: Plan and Record.
These codecs will help us to encode/decode Plan and Record from/to JSONs to communicate with TodoService.js.
Method object returns a new StructuredCodec and, in the case of Plan and Record entities, that requires the
TupleParser2constructor - basically a constructor of your class with 2 parameters. There are
several predefined TupleParsers for up to 6 parameters.
Stringfield1 - the first field of the encoded/decoded class
Functiongetter1 - getter of field1
StructuredCodeccodec1 - codec for field1 (depends on the type of the field, for example, STRING_CODEC, BOOLEAN_CODEC)
Stringfield2 - another field of the class
Functiongetter2 - getter of field2
StructuredCodeccodec1 - codec for field2
Next, we provided RecordDAO with the application business logic and Executor which is needed for our AsyncServlet.
AsyncServlet loads static content from /build directory and takes care of the routing:
Routing in DataKernel HTTP module resembles Express approach. Method map(@Nullable HttpMethod method, String path, AsyncServlet servlet)
adds routes to the RoutingServlet:
method (optional) is one of the HTTP methods (GET, POST etc)
path is the path on the server
servlet defines the logic of request processing. If you need to get some data from the request while processing you can use:
request.getPathParameter(String key)/request.getQueryParameter(String key) (see example of query parameter usage)
to provide the key of the needed parameter and receive back a corresponding String
request.getPostParameters() to get a Map of all request parameters
Pay attention to the * in the provided request. It states that whichever path until the next / is received, it
will be processed by our static servlet, which uploads static content from /build directory.
Servlet should be able to add a new record, get all available records, delete record by its id and
also mark plans of particular record as completed or not, so we provide corresponding routing:
Pay attention to the requests with :, for example:
: states that the following characters until the next / is a variable whose keyword, in this case, is recordId.
Running the application
To run the example clone DataKernel and import it
as a Maven project. Check out branch v3.0. Before running the example, build the project (Ctrl + F9 for IntelliJ IDEA).
Then, run the following command in datakernel -> examples -> tutorials -> advanced-react-integration -> front
directory in terminal:
Open ApplicationLauncher and run its main method. Then open your favourite browser and go to
Try to add and delete some tasks or mark them as completed.