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logging-tools: Internationalization and Localization with JBoss Logging Tools

The logging-tools quickstart shows how to use JBoss Logging Tools to create internationalized loggers, exceptions, and messages and localize them.

What is it?

The logging-tools quickstart demonstrates the use of JBoss Logging Tools in {productNameFull}. The logging tools create internationalized loggers, exceptions, and generic messages; and then provide localizations for them. This is done using a simple JAX-RS service. Translations in French(fr-FR), German(de-DE), and Swedish (sv-SE) are provided courtesy of for demonstration. My apologies if they are less than ideal translations.

Once the quick start is deployed you can access it using URLs documented below.

Instructions are included below for starting {productName} with a different locale than the system default.

Configure the Server to Start With a Different Locale (Optional)

To start the {productName} server with a different locale than the system default:

  1. Make a backup copy of the $ {jbossHomeName}/bin/standalone.conf file.

  2. Edit the file and append commands to set the JVM parameters for the required country and language. The following example sets the country to Germany (DE) and the language to German (de).

    JAVA_OPTS="$JAVA_OPTS -Duser.language=de"

    This can be done as a single line if you prefer:

    JAVA_OPTS="$JAVA_OPTS -Duser.language=de"

For more information about internationalization and localization, see

Access the Application

The application will be running at the following URL: http://localhost:8080/{artifactId}/

This landing page provides details and links to test the quickstart features. You can also directly access the following URLs.

  1. http://localhost:8080/{artifactId}/rest/greetings/NAME

    • Example: http://localhost:8080/{artifactId}/rest/greetings/Harold

    • Demonstrates simple use of localized messages (with parameter) and logging.

    • It returns the localized hello NAME string where NAME is the last component of the URL.

    • It also logs the localized Hello message sent in the server log.

  2. http://localhost:8080/{artifactId}/rest/greetings/LOCALE/NAME

    • Example: http://localhost:8080/{artifactId}/rest/greetings/fr-FR/Harold

    • Demonstrates how to obtain a message bundle for a specified locale and how to throw a localized exceptions. Note that the localized exception is a wrapper around WebApplicationException.

    • Returns a localized hello NAME string where NAME is the last component of the URL and the locale used is the one supplied in the locale URL.

    • Logs a localized Hello message sent in LOCALE message using the JVM locale for the translation.

    • If the supplied locale is invalid (in this case if it contains more than 3 components, eg. fr-FR-POSIX-FOO), it throws a WebApplicationException (404) using a localizable sub-class of WebApplicationException.

      Note that WebApplicationException cannot be directly localized by JBoss Logging Tools using the @Message annotation due to the message parameter being ignored by the WebApplicationException constructors. Cases like this can be worked around by creating a subclass with a constructor that does deal with the message parameter.

  3. http://localhost:8080/{artifactId}/rest/greetings/crashme

    • Demonstrates how to throw a localized exception with another exception specified as the cause. This is a completely contrived example.

    • Attempts to divide by zero, catches the exception, and throws the localized one.

  4. http://localhost:8080/{artifactId}/rest/dates/daysuntil/TARGET_DATE

    • Example: http://localhost:8080/{artifactId}/rest/dates/daysuntil/2020-12-25

    • Demonstrates how to pass parameters through to the constructor of a localized exception, and how to specify an exception as a cause of a log message.

    • Attempts to turn the TARGET_DATE URL component into a date object using the format yyyy-MM-dd

    • Returns number of days (as an integer) until that date

    • If the TARGET_DATE is invalid, for example, http://localhost:8080/{artifactId}/rest/dates/daysuntil/2015-02-31:

      • Catches the ParseException

      • Creates a localized ParseException passing values from the caught exception as parameters to its constructor

      • Logs a localized message with the localized exception as the cause

      • Throws a WebApplicationException(400) with the text from the localized ParseException

You might see the following warning when you import this quickstart into {JBDSProductName}. You can ignore this warning as it occurs in a generated file.

The import is never used
/{artifactId}/target/generated-sources/annotations/org/jboss/as/quickstarts/loggingToolsQS/exceptions  line 8
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