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Rest Client Builder Grails Plugin

Notice

The code for this plugin has moved to a subproject of the Grails Data. Please submit any pull requests there.

Installation

Edit BuildConfig.groovy and add the following dependency:

compile ":rest-client-builder:2.0.0"

Basic Usage

For API-style documentation refer to the Groovydocs

The main entry point is the grails.plugins.rest.client.RestBuilder class. Construct and use one of the REST "verbs".

A GET request:

 def resp = rest.get("http://grails.org/api/v1.0/plugin/acegi/")

The response is a Spring ResponseEntity.

There are convenience methods for obtaining JSON:

  resp.json instanceof JSONObject
  resp.json.name == 'acegi'

And XML:

  resp.xml instanceof GPathResult
  resp.xml.name == 'acegi'

POST and PUT requests

POST and PUT requests can be issued with the post and put methods respectively:

        def resp = rest.put("http://repo.grails.org/grails/api/security/groups/test-group"){
            auth System.getProperty("artifactory.user"), System.getProperty("artifactory.pass")
            contentType "application/vnd.org.jfrog.artifactory.security.Group+json"
            json {
                name = "test-group"
                description = "A temporary test group"
            }
        }

In the example above the auth method performs HTTP basic auth, the contentType method sets the content type, and the json method constructs a JSON body.

Exchanging JSON and XML content

As demonstrated in the previous example you can send JSON data using the json method which accepts the same syntax as Grails' JSONBuilder. Alternatively you can provide a String, or any other valid Java object that is convertable to JSON. The following are also valid examples:

        def resp = rest.put("http://repo.grails.org/grails/api/security/groups/test-group"){
            ...
            contentType "application/vnd.org.jfrog.artifactory.security.Group+json"
            json name: "test-group", description: "A temporary test group"
        }

        def resp = rest.put("http://repo.grails.org/grails/api/security/groups/test-group"){
            ...
            contentType "application/vnd.org.jfrog.artifactory.security.Group+json"
            json '{ name: "test-group", description: "A temporary test group" }'
        }

If you don't explicitly set the contentType like is done above then the default content type for the json method is "application/json".

XML is very similar, there is an xml method that takes a closure to build XML, and object which is convertable to XML or a String of XML.

The response object has xml or json properties for reading the response of the request as demonstratd in the "Basic Usage" section.

Sending custom headers

You can include in your request any additional header:

def resp = rest.put("http://example.org/api/login") {
    header 'X-Auth-Token', '1a2b3c4d5e6f7g8h'
}

Testing

Testing can be done with Spring's RestTemplate mocking APIs. See the tests for RestBuilder itself for an example.

Multipart Requests

Multipart requests are possible by setting properties of the request body to File, URL, byte[] or InputStream instances:

    def resp = rest.post(url) {
        contentType "multipart/form-data"
        zip = new File(pluginPackage)
        pom = new File(pomFile)
        xml = new File(pluginXmlFile)
    }

Connection/Proxy Configuration

Connection and proxy configuration can be specified in the constructor to RestBuilder:

def rest = new RestBuilder(connectTimeout:1000, readTimeout:20000, proxy:['localhost':8888])

The proxy setting can either be map containing the key for the host name and a value for the port or an instance of java.net.Proxy.

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