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A Look Inside FUSE ESB 4: An OSGi-Based Integration Platform

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To run this example you can use the provisioning component in FUSE ESB. Just execute the features install examples-cxf-camel-nmr command and the example will automatically be made active, so the timer will produce a new InOut exchange every 5 seconds.

In the first three examples we mainly focused on the Camel, CXF and NMR functionality available in FUSE ESB. But we can also use the JBI components that were already available in the version 3. Let’s implement an example where we create an OSGi bundle that’s using JBI components and the Camel functionality we already used.

Using JBI components in an OSGi bundle

In the second example we used the JMS functionality provided by Camel. But as you may know, ServiceMix also offers JMS functionality via the JMS binding component. You are free to choose your favorite JMS implementation when using FUSE ESB 4, but the JBI components often provide additional functionality on top of the functionality provided by the corresponding Camel components. In FUSE ESB 3 we had to construct a service assembly and implement service units to use the JBI binding components and service engines. In FUSE ESB 4, we can also use an OSGi bundle with a single XML configuration file, just like we did in the earlier examples, to make use of the JBI components provided by ServiceMix. This eases our effort to develop an integration solution using these JBI components. Be aware that not every JBI component available in FUSE ESB 3 has been made OSGi-ready yet, for example the Apache Ode BPEL service engine can only be used with a service assembly deployment model and the same goes for the JSR181 service engine.

In the next example we’ll configure the File binding component using Camel routing functionality to show the new OSGi bundle deployment model capability for the use of JBI components. A schematic overview of the example is shown in figure 6.

Figure 6 A simple example using the File binding component to show the OSGi bundle deployment model for JBI component configurations.

The main difference with the other examples is that we mainly used Camel functionality there. In this example there is a file poller component which consumes files from the insuranceIn directory and forwards the file contents as a JBI message to the Camel route definition. Then the Camel route definition sends the message on to the file sender, which writes a new file to the insuranceOut directory. To keep things simple we only used the file binding component, but you can imagine that you use all the JBI components which are available in FUSE ESB 4.

Let’s look at the implementation of this simple example. First, the XML configuration of the file poller and sender and the Camel route definition is shown in listing 8.

Listing 8 The XML configuration that defines a file poller, file sender and a Camel route.

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<beans xmlns="http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans"
<camel-osgi:camelContext xmlns="http://activemq.apache.org/camel/schema/spring">
<file:poller service="esb:insuranceFileService"
<file:sender service="esb:insuranceFileService"
<osgi:reference id="jbi" interface="org.apache.camel.Component"/>
<bean class="org.apache.servicemix.common.osgi.EndpointExporter" />

The Camel route definition is already shown in a previous example. What’s new here is the file poller and file sender definition. For JBI components you always have to configure a service and endpoint name because this uniquely identifies the JBI component in the container. For the file poller a targetService attribute is configured which defines the target component where the consumed file content is sent to. So this makes sure that the file content is sent to the Camel router.

In addition to the file poller and sender, we need to define an EndpointExporter bean that registers the poller and sender service and endpoint name in the OSGi registry. We also need to define an OSGi reference with an identifier of jbi, which enables the Camel route definition to talk with the JBI components. In the RouteBuilder class shown in listing 9, this jbi identifier is used.

Published at DZone with permission of its author, Tijs Rademakers.

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Claus Ibsen replied on Wed, 2009/03/11 - 12:57am

Very nice article.

Maybe the description for the Camel SEDA and VM components, could be changed to:
- asynchronous call to another endpoint in the same Camel Context
- asynchronous call to another endpoint in the same JVM

The List component is renamed to Browse in Camel 2.0 as a better name what it does, eg being able to browse Messages that have passed it.

Claus Ibsen
Apache Camel Committer

Open Source Integration: http://fusesource.com
Blog: http://davsclaus.blogspot.com/

Claus Ibsen replied on Wed, 2009/03/11 - 1:03am

I am wondering if in listening 3 the reference for the connectionFactory should be pooledConnectionFactory instead? Well at least you would assume this when reading the AMQ configuration below.

Claus Ibsen replied on Wed, 2009/03/11 - 1:06am

ActiveMQ comes with a web console, I was wondering if that is can be used for sending new messages to a JMS queue instead of having to install Hermes and find out how to get it connected with AMQ.

AMQ web console:

Tijs Rademakers replied on Wed, 2009/03/11 - 2:24am

Hi Claus, Thanks, I changed the VM and SEDA description to your descriptions. About listing 3, the pooledConnectionFactory ref attribute value is pointing to the Spring bean definition in the activemq-broker.xml file. So the name I gave the JMS ConnectionFactory in listing 3 is just a name that's used within this FUSE JMS configuration. And yes, the web console can of course also be used to send a message to a JMS queue. Hermes is a nice alternative with some more features. Best regards, Tijs

Tang Yong replied on Sat, 2009/03/14 - 9:21am

Hi trademak,

The same greate and wonderful article as "Open-Source ESB In Action"!

I wish that you can contribute more excellent article about enterprise integration.

Especially about the key technoledge points of open source integration(such as spring with mule,spring with servicemix,...).

--- Mike Tang

Sun Glassfish FishCat Contributor

Open Source Integration Fans

Blog: http://mikertang.blogspot.com/

Tijs Rademakers replied on Sat, 2009/03/14 - 11:51am in response to: Tang Yong

Hi Mike, Thanks! I have plans to write some more articles about open source integration (as time permits). Best regards, Tijs

Robert Williams replied on Wed, 2009/03/18 - 7:42am

Could not  download the article source code at  the URL listed.

Could you please make the article source code available

BTW Nice article! 

Erwin Teseling replied on Wed, 2009/03/18 - 8:12am in response to: Robert Williams

I would also like to download the source, could you provide an updated link?

Tijs Rademakers replied on Wed, 2009/03/18 - 2:52pm in response to: Erwin Teseling

Hi, I've added the source code to my own web page at esbinaction.com. I changed the download link in the article. Let me know if you still run into problems. Best regards, Tijs

Erwin Teseling replied on Wed, 2009/03/18 - 5:39pm in response to: Tijs Rademakers

Thanks a lot. I still had some problems with the correct pom.xml settings in order to gets things working, but with the source I managed to get it working!

Ali Yang replied on Wed, 2010/07/14 - 10:59am

Hi Tijs, I have talked with a guy from FUSE. He said OSGi Service function just like a registry in OSGi container. It is very simple. So what about your opinion? What is the benefit to use OSGi Service to expose functions in one Bundle to other Bundles in OSGi container? Thanks

Mohit Dklkjhsds replied on Mon, 2010/08/16 - 10:20am

Hi Tijs, I am fairly new to java,i have just worked on a very modest core java project.I have little idea of web services but i am a complete stranger to the terminologies like FUSE ESB,JBI,OSGI,CAMEL,SERVICEMIX. Can you please suggest what i must first get acquainted with before jumping into this ,if it requires any prior knowledge(which, i am almost certain it does).Or if possible can you please dumb it down a little for people like me who have very little idea what FUSE ESB is all about and also a little about it's other components. Thanks & Regards Mohit

Larry Xu replied on Mon, 2010/11/15 - 3:27am

where is the source code ?

Dead Devil replied on Tue, 2011/03/15 - 4:17pm

Greetings!! Many thanks for the examples but i have some issues with this. When i deploy camel-jms-example-1.0.jar, by copying it to the deploy directory, i get this error Exception in thread "SpringOsgiExtenderThread-6" java.lang.IllegalStateException: BeanFactory not initialized or already closed - call 'refresh' before accessing beans via the ApplicationContext at org.springframework.context.support.AbstractRefreshableApplicationContext.getBeanFactory(AbstractRefreshableApplicationContext.java:171) at org.springframework.osgi.extender.internal.dependencies.startup.DependencyWaiterApplicationContextExecutor.close(DependencyWaiterApplicationContextExecutor.java:345) at org.springframework.osgi.extender.internal.dependencies.startup.DependencyWaiterApplicationContextExecutor.fail(DependencyWaiterApplicationContextExecutor.java:401) at org.springframework.osgi.extender.internal.dependencies.startup.DependencyWaiterApplicationContextExecutor.stageOne(DependencyWaiterApplicationContextExecutor.java:287) at org.springframework.osgi.extender.internal.dependencies.startup.DependencyWaiterApplicationContextExecutor.refresh(DependencyWaiterApplicationContextExecutor.java:175) at org.springframework.osgi.context.support.AbstractDelegatedExecutionApplicationContext.refresh(AbstractDelegatedExecutionApplicationContext.java:175) at org.springframework.osgi.extender.internal.activator.ContextLoaderListener$2.run(ContextLoaderListener.java:718) at java.lang.Thread.run(Thread.java:636)

Carla Brian replied on Sat, 2012/06/30 - 11:12am

 Fuse ESB has a pluggable architecture that allows organizations to use their preferred service solutions in their SOA. - Mercy Ministries

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