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Script Repository Interface

Scripting in java applications is not a rare thing. Sometimes you need to extend your current business logic or add some application management logic. It is very useful since business logic might not be well-defined at the moment of an application's development, or you need to change it frequently without redeploying the application.

Scripting adds flexibility to an application, but also it adds some challenges:

  1. Usually scripts are scattered along the application, so it is quite hard to manage numerous GroovyShell calls.
  2. Scripts usually do not provide any information about input parameters: names and types as well as about output values.

The purpose of this library is to add some order into scripting extension points.

The idea behind this library is simple. A developer creates an interface and links its methods to scripts using annotations.

This approach adds "type-safety" to the process of passing script parameters and a developer will know what will be a type of the script evaluation result.


To start working with the script repositories, you need to do the following:

  1. Specify library dependency in your project build file


    Please note that the library's jar file should be placed near application jar files. E.g. if you use tomcat, please put this file to deployed application's WEB-INF/lib folder not to tomcat shared libs. We need it to use a correct classloader for proxy creation.

  2. Define script repository interfaces

    public interface CustomerScriptRepository {
        String renameCustomer(@ScriptParam("customerId") UUID customerId, @ScriptParam("newName") String newName);
        Customer createCustomer(@ScriptParam("name") String name, @ScriptParam("birthDate") Date birthDate);

    You can use default implementations in repository interfaces if you want to start quickly without writing scripts for methods.

  3. Define root folder where your scripts will be located by defining groovy.script.source.root.path property in application.properties file:


    Prefixes classpath:, file:, jar: can be used. If source root path is not specified, the library will use default value: classpath:com/haulmont/scripting/scripts

  4. Implement scripts that should be executed and save them in script source root folder. By default, they should be named using pattern InterfaceName.methodName.groovy. So for the example described in p. 2 there will be two files:

    1. CustomerScriptRepository.renameCustomer.groovy
    2. CustomerScriptRepository.createCustomer.groovy

    In your scripts you can use parameters defined in interface's method signatures, parameter names should match those defined in @ScriptParam annotation. For example, for method createCustomer script may look like the following:

    Customer c = new Customer()
    return c

    Parameters name and birthdate will be substituted based on values passed by a caller.

  5. Enable scripting repositories in your application by adding @EnableScriptRepositories annotation to your application configuration and specify path list where your repository interfaces are located.

    @EnableScriptRepositories(basePackages = {"com.example", "com.sample"})
    public class ExampleConfig {
  6. Inject the interface into proper services and use it as "regular" bean.

    public class CustomerService {
        private CustomerScriptRepository customerScriptRepository;
    	public Customer createNew(String name, Date birthDate) {
             return customerScriptRepository.createCustomer(name, birthDate);

So it should be pretty easy to get started with the library. By default, it supports Groovy and JavaScript, but it is quite easy to add any scripting language to it. Below is the explanation of the library's internals and configuration.


The library provides the following:

Marker annotation for script repostitory interfaces.

public @interface ScriptRepository {
   String description() default "";

Annotation to link interface method to a script source code. You need to provide bean names for script provider bean and script evaluator bean.

public @interface ScriptMethod {
   String providerBeanName() default "groovyResourceProvider";
   String evaluatorBeanName() default "groovyJsrEvaluator";
   long timeout() default -1L;
   String description() default "";

Interface for script provider:

public interface ScriptProvider {
    ScriptSource getScript(Method method);

The implementation should be able to find script source text based on scripted method's signature. As an example, the library provides a default implementation GroovyScriptFileProvider for a provider that reads text files from a source root.

Interface for script evaluator - it's a standard Spring Framework class:

public interface ScriptEvaluator {
	Object evaluate(ScriptSource script) throws ScriptCompilationException;
	Object evaluate(ScriptSource script, Map<String, Object> arguments) throws ScriptCompilationException;

The implementation just uses script text and invokes it using parameters map. There is a default evaluator implementation GroovyScriptJsrValuator that uses JRE's JSR-223 engine to execute Groovy scripts.

Since parameters names are important and java compiler erase actual parameter names from .class file (unless you enable "keep debug information" option during compilation), the library provides annotation for method parameters that let us to use meaningful parameter names in script instead of "arg0, arg1, etc."

public @interface ScriptParam {
    String value();

More examples

You can find examples in test classes. They include custom script provider and custom annotation configuration.


The library creates dynamic proxies for repository interfaces marked with @ScriptRepository annotation. All methods in this repository must be marked with @ScriptMethod (or custom annotation). All interfaces marked with @ScriptRepository annotation will be published in Spring's context and can be injected into other spring beans.

When an interface method is called, the proxy invokes provider to get method script text and then evaluator to evaluate the result.

Timeout Support

You can specify timeout either in @ScriptMethod annotation or in custom one to be able to stop script execution if needed. It is useful if you deal with resources like files or database connections either in your provider or in an evaluator. If you want to implement such a bean, you need to either:

  1. Publish the bean as a PROTOTYPE
  2. Store a reference to the closeable resource in class member
  3. Implement TimeoutAware interface and its cancel() method where all closeable resources should be closed. (see com.haulmont.scripting.core.test.database.GroovyScriptDbProvider) as an example.

Or you can try to use ThreadLocal class members to store a reference to a closeable resource.


In the project itself you can use two configuration options: annotations and XML.

Annotations configuration

If you plan to use your own implementation for script provider and/or script evaluator (e.g. for JavaScript), you can specify their spring bean names in @ScriptMethod annotation:

@ScriptMethod(providerBeanName = "jsFileProvider", evaluatorBeanName = "jsExecutor")

To avoid copying and pasting this code across the project you can create your own annotation and use it in your project:

@ScriptMethod(providerBeanName = "jsFileProvider", evaluatorBeanName = "jsExecutor")
public @interface JsScript {

XML Configuration

You can also configure both package scanning and custom annotations using XML in spring configuration file:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<beans xmlns="http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans"
       xsi:schemaLocation="http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans/spring-beans-4.3.xsd
        http://www.springframework.org/schema/context http://www.springframework.org/schema/context/spring-context-4.3.xsd
        http://www.cuba-platform.org/schema/script/repositories http://www.cuba-platform.org/schema/script/repositories/script-repositories.xsd">

            <repo:annotation-mapping annotation-class="com.example.JsScript"

    <!-- Annotation-based beans -->
    <context:component-scan base-package="com.example.beans"/>


Mixed configuration

In case of mixed configuration - Annotations+XML, config parameters will be merged, therefore it is not recommended to configure the same custom annotation in two places because one of the configuration will override another.

References and thanks

There is a good article by Anton Arhipov that helped us a lot with implementation of this library.