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A Vaadin 10 Tutorial for Core Java Developers - Part 01

Target of this Tutorial

Target of this tutorial is the development of an industrial style project. We will cover here in this part

  • how to initialize the project
  • how to handle different JDK venders and versions
  • how to ramp up a Vaadin 10 project

Have in mind, that this is only the first part of the tutorial.

technical information's

To explore all possibilities of this tutorial you need docker installed. Additionally docker-compose if you want to have a look at the TDD part that includes full stack tests with Testbench. Notice: Testbench is a commercial product from Vaadin that is available here To play around, you can request a trial lic.

Servlet - Container

For this tutorial we are using Meecrowave from Apache Open-Webbeans - Team This is based on Tomcat, but more in a SpringBoot style. So we are able to manage the complete container with a few lines of code like the following.

public class BasicTestUIRunner {
  private BasicTestUIRunner() { }

  public static void main(String[] args) {
    new Meecrowave(new Meecrowave.Builder() {
//        randomHttpPort();

To start the App, invoke the main method from the class BasicTestUIRunner. The Meecrowave is started at Port 8080. But have in mind, that you can use a random port with randomHttpPort();. This is very usefull for concurrent UI Tests later. But be patient, we will explore this together..

Meecrowave will is offering a maven plugin as well. This is not needed if you don´´ want to use it. But it is convenient if you want to start the container inside docker for development purposes.

For this have a look at the file How this is done and how to use this, I will explain later, as well.

Coding styles

One thing that we are using here is the Functional Approach with Core Java. Here we are using functional aspects, to structure the code as much as possible. All of this can be expressed in OO - Style as well. But, as always, personal flavour will have an impact of this tutorial code.

UI Code

The UI Code here is written in a way to be as much as possible readable. This was one point to decide, that I am using here the double curly brace initial style A lot of discussions are done about this, and a lot of traditionally developers are complaining that this will lead to a bigger amount of anonymous classes. Yes, you are right, this will lead to more classes compared to the pure usage of the existing classes. And it will lead to distributed initializations. Compared to other languages like kotlin or scala the double curly style is not creating more classes. If you want to check, what your GC is doing, use the following flags -XX:+TraceClassLoading and -XX:+TraceClassUnloading.

There is one important thing to know. The instance of this is bound to the life cycle of the holding instance/class. This means, don´t share this dynamic created instances. But, who is sharing Action-Listeners? Well, same here. Don´t share an instance of a button. Use events instead! I will show how to do this.