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Spring MVC @PathVariable dot(.) get truncated Example

In this post, we feature a comprehensive article on Spring MVC @PathVariable dot(.) get truncated. In spring, the @PathVariable annotation is used to bind the uri template variables in the spring mvc framework. But there is one issue i.e. if the passed parameter has a value with a dot in it (for e.g. xxx.xx) then the portion after the last dot (.), including dot, gets truncated. In this tutorial, we will explore a way to fix the Spring MVC PathVariable Dot Truncate issue.

1. Introduction

  • Spring is an open-source framework created to address the complexity of an enterprise application development
  • One of the chief advantages of the Spring framework is its layered architecture, which allows a developer to be selective about which of its components they can use while providing a cohesive framework for J2EE application development
  • Spring framework provides support and integration to various technologies for e.g.:
      • Support for Transaction Management
      • Support for interaction with the different databases
      • Integration with the Object Relationship frameworks for e.g. Hibernate, iBatis etc
      • Support for Dependency Injection which means all the required dependencies will be resolved with the help of containers
      • Support for REST style web-services

1.1 Spring Mvc Framework

Model-View-Controller (Mvc) is a well-known design pattern for designing the GUI based applications. It mainly decouples the business logic from UI by separating the roles of Model, View, and Controller in an application. This pattern divides the application into three components to separate the internal representation of the information from the way it is being presented to the user. The three components are:

  • Model (M): Model’s responsibility is to manage the application’s data, business logic, and business rules. It is a POJO class which encapsulates the application data given by the controller
  • View (V): A view is an output representation of the information, such as displaying information or reports to the user either as a text-form or as charts. Views are usually the JSP templates written with Java Standard Tag Library (JSTL)
  • Controller (C): Controller’s responsibility is to invoke the Models to perform the business logic and then update the view based on the model’s output. In the spring framework, the controller part is played by the Dispatcher Servlet
Spring MVC @PathVariable dot(.) get truncated - MVC Overview
Fig. 1: Model View Controller (MVC) Overview

Now, open up the eclipse ide and let’s see how to resolve the dot truncation problem with @PathVariable annotation in the spring mvc framework!

2. Spring MVC @PathVariable dot(.) get truncated Example

Here is a step-by-step guide for implementing tutorial.

2.1 Tools Used

We are using Eclipse Kepler SR2, JDK 8 and Maven. Having said that, we have tested the code against JDK 1.7 and it works well.

2.2 Project Structure

Firstly, let’s review the final project structure, in case you are confused about where you should create the corresponding files or folder later!

Spring MVC @PathVariable - Project Structure
Fig. 2: Application Project Structure

2.3 Project Creation

This section will demonstrate how to create a Java-based Maven project with Eclipse. In Eclipse IDE, go to File -> New -> Maven Project.

Spring MVC @PathVariable dot(.) get truncated - Maven Project
Fig. 3: Create a Maven Project

In the New Maven Project window, it will ask you to select a project location. By default, ‘Use default workspace location’ will be selected. Just click on the next button to proceed.

Spring MVC @PathVariable dot(.) get truncated - Archetype Selection
Fig. 5: Archetype Selection

It will ask you to ‘Enter the group and the artifact id for the project’. We will input the details as shown in the below image. The version number will be by default: 0.0.1-SNAPSHOT.

Spring MVC @PathVariable dot(.) get truncated - Archetype Parameters
Fig. 6: Archetype Parameters

Click on Finish and the creation of a maven project is completed. If you observe, it has downloaded the maven dependencies and a pom.xml file will be created. It will have the following code:

pom.xml

<project xmlns="http://maven.apache.org/POM/4.0.0" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xsi:schemaLocation="http://maven.apache.org/POM/4.0.0 http://maven.apache.org/xsd/maven-4.0.0.xsd">
	<modelVersion>4.0.0</modelVersion>
	<groupId>com.spring.mvc</groupId>
	<artifactId>Springmvcpathvariabledottruncation</artifactId>
	<version>0.0.1-SNAPSHOT</version>
	<packaging>war</packaging>
</project>

We can start adding the dependencies that developers want like Servlet API, Spring Mvc etc. Let’s start building the application!

3. Application Building

Below are the steps involved in developing this application.

3.1 Maven Dependencies

Here, we specify the dependencies for the spring mvc framework. The rest dependencies such as Spring Beans, Spring Core etc. will be automatically resolved by Maven. The updated file will have the following code:

pom.xml

<project xmlns="http://maven.apache.org/POM/4.0.0"
	xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"
	xsi:schemaLocation="http://maven.apache.org/POM/4.0.0 http://maven.apache.org/maven-v4_0_0.xsd">
	<modelVersion>4.0.0</modelVersion>
	<groupId>com.spring.mvc</groupId>
	<artifactId>Springmvcpathvariabledottruncation</artifactId>
	<packaging>war</packaging>
	<version>0.0.1-SNAPSHOT</version>
	<name>Springmvcpathvariabledottruncation Maven Webapp</name>
	<url>http://maven.apache.org</url>
	<dependencies>
		<!-- Servlet API Dependency -->
		<dependency>
			<groupId>javax.servlet</groupId>
			<artifactId>servlet-api</artifactId>
			<version>3.0-alpha-1</version>
		</dependency>
		<!-- https://mvnrepository.com/artifact/org.springframework/spring-webmvc -->
		<dependency>
			<groupId>org.springframework</groupId>
			<artifactId>spring-webmvc</artifactId>
			<version>5.0.8.RELEASE</version>
		</dependency>
	</dependencies>
	<build>
		<finalName>Springmvcpathvariabledottruncation</finalName>
	</build>
</project>

3.2 Configuration Files

Let’s write all the configuration files involved in this application.

3.2.1 Web Deployment Descriptor

The web.xml file declares one servlet (i.e. Dispatcher Servlet) to receive all kind of the requests. Dispatcher servlet here acts as a front controller. Add the following code to it:

web.xml

<!DOCTYPE web-app PUBLIC
 "-//Sun Microsystems, Inc.//DTD Web Application 2.3//EN"
 "http://java.sun.com/dtd/web-app_2_3.dtd" >

<web-app>
	<display-name>Spring mvc @pathvariable dot truncated example</display-name>

	<servlet>
		<servlet-name>mydispatcher</servlet-name>
		<servlet-class>org.springframework.web.servlet.DispatcherServlet</servlet-class>
	</servlet>

	<servlet-mapping>
		<servlet-name>mydispatcher</servlet-name>
		<url-pattern>/</url-pattern>
	</servlet-mapping>
</web-app>

3.2.2 Spring Configuration File

To configure the spring framework, developers need to implement a bean configuration file i.e. mydispatcher-servlet.xml which provide an interface between the basic Java class and the outside world. Add the following code to it:

mydispatcher-servlet.xml

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<beans xmlns="http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans"
	xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"
	xmlns:context="http://www.springframework.org/schema/context"
	xmlns:mvc="http://www.springframework.org/schema/mvc"
	xsi:schemaLocation="
        http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans/spring-beans.xsd
        http://www.springframework.org/schema/context http://www.springframework.org/schema/context/spring-context.xsd
        http://www.springframework.org/schema/mvc http://www.springframework.org/schema/mvc/spring-mvc.xsd">

	<context:annotation-config />

	<mvc:annotation-driven />

	<!-- for the stereotype annotation to work -->
	<context:component-scan
		base-package="com.spring.mvc" />

	<bean
		class="org.springframework.web.servlet.view.InternalResourceViewResolver">
		<property name="prefix" value="/WEB-INF/views/" />
		<property name="suffix" value=".jsp" />
	</bean>
</beans>

Do note:

  • This file is loaded by the spring’s Dispatcher Servlet which receives all the requests coming into the application and dispatches them to the controller for processing
  • This file has the InternalResourceViewResolver bean declaration that tells the framework how to find the physical JSP files according to the logical view names returned by the controllers, by attaching the prefix and the suffix to a view name

3.3 Java Class Creation

Let’s create a simple controller class where the @Controller annotation specifies this class as a spring controller and is responsible for handling the incoming request which is configured by the @RequestMapping annotation. The handler methods of the controller class are mapped to two URI template variables. Add the following code to it:

Myctrl.java

package com.spring.mvc;

import org.springframework.stereotype.Controller;
import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.PathVariable;
import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.RequestMapping;
import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.RequestMethod;
import org.springframework.web.servlet.ModelAndView;

@Controller
public class Myctrl {

	// Method with multiple arguments appended in the url.
	@RequestMapping(value = "/newemployee/{id}/{email}", method= RequestMethod.GET)
	public ModelAndView addEmployee(@PathVariable("id") String id, @PathVariable("email") String email) {

		ModelAndView m = new ModelAndView();
		m.addObject("msg", "Employee Id: " + id + " <=======>  Email:  " + email);
		m.setViewName("success");
		return m;
	}

	// Method with multiple arguments and handling the @pathvariable dot truncation.
	@RequestMapping(value = "/newemployee2/{id}/{email:.+}", method= RequestMethod.GET)
	public ModelAndView addEmployee2(@PathVariable("id") String id, @PathVariable("email") String email) {

		ModelAndView m = new ModelAndView();
		m.addObject("msg", "Employee Id: " + id + " <=======>  Email:  " + email);
		m.setViewName("success");
		return m;
	}
}

3.4 JSP View

Spring Mvc supports many types of views for different presentation technologies. These include – JSP, HTML, XML etc. So let us write a simple result view in Springmvcpathvariabledottruncation/src/main/webapp/WEB-INF/views.

3.4.1 Index Page

This is the welcome page of this example having two links to demonstrate the usage of @PathVariable annotation in spring mvc framework. Add the following code to it:

index.jsp

<%@ page language="java" contentType="text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1" pageEncoding="ISO-8859-1"%>
<%@ page isELIgnored="false"%>
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/loose.dtd">
<html lang="en">
	<head>
		<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1">
		<title>Index page</title>
	</head>
	<body>
		<center><h3>@PathVariable annotation Dot(.) truncation in Spring MVC</h3></center>
		<hr />
		<div id="links">
			<a id="link1" href="/Springmvcpathvariabledottruncation/newemployee/101/abc@gmail.com">Click to display the Dot truncation error.</a>
			<div> </div>
			<a id="link2" href="/Springmvcpathvariabledottruncation/newemployee2/101/abc@gmail.com">Resolving the Dot truncation error.</a>			
		</div>
	</body>
</html>

3.4.2 Success Page

This is the success page of this tutorial and it displays the output. Add the following code to it:

success.jsp

<%@ page language="java" contentType="text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1" pageEncoding="ISO-8859-1"%>
<%@ page isELIgnored="false"%>
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/loose.dtd">
<html lang="en">
	<head>
		<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1">
		<title>Success page</title>
	</head>
	<body>
		<center><h3>@PathVariable annotation Dot(.) truncation in Spring MVC</h3></center>
		<hr />
		<div>Message: <span>${msg}</span></div>
		<div> </div>
		<a id="back" href="../../index.jsp">Go back</a>
	</body>
</html>

4. Run the Application

As we are ready with all the changes, let us compile the project and deploy the application on the Tomcat7 server. To deploy the application on Tomat7, right-click on the project and navigate to Run as -> Run on Server.

Spring MVC @PathVariable dot(.) get truncated - Application on Tomcat
Fig. 7: How to Deploy Application on Tomcat

Tomcat will deploy the application in its web-apps folder and shall start its execution to deploy the project so that we can go ahead and test it on the browser.

5. Project Demo

Open your favorite browser and hit the following URL to display the output page.

http://localhost:8082/Springmvcpathvariabledottruncation/

Server name (localhost) and port (8082) may vary as per your tomcat configuration.

Spring MVC @PathVariable dot(.) get truncated - Output Page
Fig. 8: Output Page

Users can click the links to understand the implementation of this tutorial. That’s all for this tutorial and I hope the article served you whatever you were looking for. Happy Learning and don’t forget to share!

6. Conclusion

In this section, developers learned how to fix the dot truncation issue for the @PathVariable annotation in the spring mvc application. Developers can download the sample application as an Eclipse project in the Downloads section.

7. Download the Eclipse Project

This was an example to fix the Spring MVC PathVariable Dot truncate issue.

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