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Support for exposing domain events from aggregate roots as Spring application events [DATACMNS-928] #1381

spring-projects-issues opened this issue Oct 14, 2016 · 1 comment
in: repository Repositories abstraction type: enhancement A general enhancement


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spring-projects-issues commented Oct 14, 2016

Oliver Drotbohm opened DATACMNS-928 and commented


One important element of Domain-Driven Design is exposing events important to the domain to other components. These events are produced by aggregates and usually are tied to state transitions of the aggregate. Right now, a typical pattern to produce those events is this:

class MyComponent {

  private final @NonNull MyRepository repository;
  private final @NonNull ApplicationEventPublisher publisher;

  public void doSomething(MyAggregateRoot entity) {

    MyDomainEvent event = entity.someBusinessFunctionality();


As you can see, the client needs to use ApplicationEventPublisher explicitly. If we provided a way for the aggregate root to expose the events to be published, the repository could take over the burden to publish the events.

Proposed solution

First of all we need means to let the aggregate root expose the events to be published. This could be an annotation based approach like this:

class MyAggregateRoot {

  Collection<Object> domainEvents() {

The annotation name to be open for discussion, of course. We could support to return a Collection of events or a single one. The same could be achieved with an interface, of course.

The repository infrastructure could then inspect the aggregate root type for a method declaration with said annotation (or a type check for the interface pendant) and add an interceptor to the repository proxy that holds a reference to the ApplicationEventPublisher, grabs the events to publish from the aggregate and publishes them before forwarding the call

Referenced from: commits a02174f, 0fc9770, 9ada55b, 2c0941b, cb6d2f7, c66cbb9, bdf4738, 6927c29, db17a28, afe95b4, 8062698, f6db714, 50ea2ca, c6f9c40, c52c457, 802eb7d, 4177fb4

Backported to: 1.13 RC1 (Ingalls)

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spring-projects-issues commented Oct 27, 2016

John Blum commented

I quite like this Ollie; I think this is a nice/clean design and approach

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