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BrightTALK Channel Owner Reporting API Client

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This project contains the source code and releases of an API client for BrightTALK's Channel Reporting API.

The API client is specified in Java. A production-ready implementation, built using Java and the Spring framework, is also provided.

The source code is made available under the Apache License 2.0.


A 'binary' distribution of the API client is available for download in both tar.gz and zip formats, for each release. The distribution includes a classses JAR, supporting source and javadoc JARs, and the necessary configuration files.

The JAR files are not currently published to a public repository. Support for this will be added in the future, with a view to streamlining your build process.

Building from source

If you prefer to build the API client yourself, both Maven and Gradle build scripts are provided. See the pom.xml and build.gradle files in the project's root folder.

Runtime Dependencies

The API client requires a minimum Java runtime (JRE) version of Java 7. (The API client is written in Java 7 rather than a more recent Java version with a view to supporting a larger install base).

The API client also depends on the following minimum versions of third-party libraries being present on the classpath:

  • org.slf4j:slf4j-api:1.7.7
  • org.springframework:spring-context:4.0.6.RELEASE
  • org.springframework:spring-oxm:4.0.6.RELEASE
  • org.springframework:spring-web:4.0.6.RELEASE
  • org.apache.httpcomponents:httpclient:4.3.3

If you wish to enable the logging provided by the API client you'll additionally need to add the SLF4J "binding" JAR for your chosen logging framework. For more details see the SLF4J user manual. For example, to use the native SLF4J binding logback, add the following to your classpath:

  • ch.qos.logback:logback-classic:1.1.2

API Client Docs

If you wish to familiarise yourself with the API client code, good places to start are the [Javadoc] for the ApiClient interface and its Spring implementation SpringApiClientImpl. (Javadoc is currently included in the binary distribution. It will be made available online in the future).

Reporting API Docs

An overview of the reporting APIs can be found on the Channel Reporting APIs page on

A definitive specification of the latest release of the reporting APIs is provided in the Channel Owner Reporting APIs Technical Specification. Note - See the API client release notes for details of the latest, currently supported release of the reporting APIs.

Automated Tests

Unit tests are implemented in JUnit (4) and Hamcrest and can be found in the project's src/test/java folder.

The Spring implementation of the API client has an extensive set of integration tests. See class SpringApiClientIntegrationTest. These tests use the Spring MVC Test framework to exercise the API client end-to-end against a mock implementation of the API service, including loading the Spring application context and unmarshalling of canned API responses.

The Spring implementation also has an additional set of integrations tests which serve to test the production implementation of the API client's underlying HTTP client in conjunction with a stubbed API server (implemented using WireMock). See class SpringApiClientImplStubbedApiServiceIntegrationTest.

Getting Started

This section outlines the steps to use the Spring implementation of the API client for the first time in your Java application, after you've downloaded the binaries or built the client from source.

  1. Extend your application's build script to declare a compile-time dependency on the API client JAR - brighttalk-channel-reporting-api-client-{release}.jar. Also add the API client's runtime dependencies (see above).

  2. Configure the API client for each of your environments (e.g. stage and production) by creating environment specific property files, following the naming convention brighttalk-channel-reporting-api-client-{environment}.properties, in a folder (e.g. src/main/resources) that will get deployed with your app and included on the classpath. Example property files are included in the binary distribution of the project.

  3. Tailor the API client environment specific properties. Currently, the only essential change you need to make is to re-configure the API credentials for your BrightTALK Channel(s), by setting the value of the apiUser.* properties. (These credentials can be obtained from

  4. Releases of the API client ship with Spring bean config that includes a fully configured, singleton instance of the Spring implementation of the API client for use. The Spring bean configuration is Java-based (@Configuration), implemented in class .spring.AppConfig. To make the API client available for auto-wiring in your own (e.g. DAO) class you'll need to import the @Bean configured in AppConfig.

If your application uses Java-based Spring bean config, use Spring's @Import annotation on one of your @Configuration classes, e.g.

  // Include beans packaged with BrightTALK reporting API client, to get a fully configured instance of ApiClient  
  public class IntegrationConfig {  

If your application uses Spring XML bean config, you can enable processing of Spring annotations using the <context:annotation-config/> element and include the shipped @Configuration class in your Spring XML, e.g.

<!-- One of your Spring bean XML files, e.g. integration-config.xml -->
  <!-- Enable processing of Spring annotations such as @Configuration -->
  <!-- Include beans packaged with BrightTALK reporting API client, to get a fully configured instance of ApiClient -->
  <bean class="com.brighttalk.channels.reportingapi.client.spring.AppConfig"/>  

For more details of the mechanisms for consuming the packaged @Bean configuration see the Spring reference manual, section 'Composing Java-based configurations'.

  1. If you wish to enable the logging provided by the Spring implementation of the API client then, in addition to adding the necessary runtime dependency for SLF4J (see above), you'll need to extend the logging configuration for your chosen logging framework. To assist with this, the API client ships with an example configuration for the Logback logging framework, which identifies the relevant loggers. See src/main/resources/logback-template.xml.

Having completed the above steps you're now ready to inject the API client into your application class, e.g.

public class BrightTalkChannelReportsDaoImpl implements BrightTalkChannelReportsDao {

  private ApiClient apiClient;

  public BrightTalkChannelReportsDaoImpl(ApiClient apiClient) {
    this.apiClient = apiClient;
  1. When running your app, specify the name of the environment which the API client should use for configuration purposes, by setting JVM system property 'environment' to the environment name used in the API client property file, e.g.
java -Denvironment=qa ...

If not specified, the environment will default to 'dev'.

Good luck with building your BrightTALK reporting integration.

BrightTALK Tech Team.

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