Applied Domain-Driven Design BluePrints for Java EE
The project demonstrates how you can develop applications with the Java EE
platform using widely adopted architectural best practices like Domain-Driven
Design (DDD), TDD and agile. The project is directly based on the well known
original Java DDD sample (http://dddsample.sourceforge.net) application
developed by DDD pioneer Eric Evans' company Domain Language and the Swedish
software consulting company Citerus. The cargo example actually comes from
Eric Evans' seminal book on DDD. The original application is written in Spring,
Hibernate and Jetty whereas the application is build entirely on Java EE 7 and
The application is an end-to-end system for keeping track of shipping cargo. It
has several interfaces described in the following sections.
For further details on the project, please visit:
The project site has detailed information on how to get started:
https://java.net/projects/cargotracker/pages/Home, especially with NetBeans:
https://java.net/projects/cargotracker/pages/NetBeans. The simplest steps are
* Get the project source code: https://java.net/projects/cargotracker/downloads
* As long as you have Maven set up, navigate to the project source root and
type: mvn cargo:run
To set up in NetBeans, follow these steps:
* Set up JDK 7+, NetBeans 7.3+ and GlassFish 4+
* Open the source code directory in NetBeans - it's just a Maven project,
NetBeans will do the rest for you. As noted in the site instructions on
NetBeans, you may get a few spurious errors due to reported NetBeans bugs.
Just ignore them and proceed with clean/building the application.
* After the project is built (which will take a while the very first time as
Maven downloads dependencies), simply run it via GlassFish 4.
It's best to use Chrome for the application since it has the best support for
HTML 5 forms, but any HTML 5 capable browser is fine. There are some known
issues due to reported GlassFish 4 bugs - please read the Known Issues section
Exploring the Application
After the application runs, it will be available at:
http://localhost:8080/cargo-tracker/. Under the hood, the application uses a
number of Java EE (and Java EE 7) features including JSF 2.2, CDI, EJB 3.2,
JPA 2.1, JAX-RS 2, WebSocket, JSON-P, Bean Validation 1.1 and JMS 2.
There are several web interfaces, REST interfaces and a file system scanning
interface. The tracking interface let's you track the status of cargo and is
intended for the general public. Try entering a tracking ID like ABC123 (the
application is pre-populated with some sample data).
The administrative interface is intended for the shipping company that manages
cargo. The landing page of the interface is a dashboard providing an overall
view of registered cargo. The dashboard will update automatically when cargo
is handled (described below). You can book cargo using the booking interface.
One cargo is booked, you can route it. When you initiate a routing request,
the system will determine routes that might work for the cargo. Once you select
a route, the cargo will be ready to process handling events at the port. You can
also change the destination for cargo if needed or track cargo.
The Incident Logging interface is intended for port personnel registering what
happened to cargo. The interface is primarily intended for mobile devices, but
you can use it via a desktop browser. The interface is accessible at:
http://localhost:8080/cargo-tracker/incident-logger/. For convenience, you
could use a mobile emulator instead of an actual mobile device. On Windows,
you can use Microsoft WebMatrix for device emulation. Generally speaking cargo
goes though these events:
* It's received at the origin port.
* It's loaded and unloaded onto voyages on it's itinerary.
* It's claimed at it's destination port.
* It may go through customs at arbitrary points.
While filling out the event registration form, it's best to have the itinerary
handy. You can access the itinerary for registered cargo via the admin interface.
As you register handling events, the administrative dashboard will be
automatically updated in real time without a page refresh in addition to cargo
state. The cargo handling is done via JMS for scalability and the event
notification to the system happens via the CDI event bus and WebSocket, so you
will see a visible delay of a few seconds after registering the event for the
dashboard to update.
You should also explore the file system based bulk event registration interface.
Don't worry about making mistakes. The application is intended to be fairly
error tolerant. If you do come across issues, you should report them. Please
see the Getting Involved section on how to do so.
NOTE: All data entered is wiped upon application restart, so you can start from
a blank slate easily if needed.
You can also use the soapUI scripts included in the source code to explore the
REST interfaces as well as the numerous unit tests covering the code base
Exploring the Code
As mentioned earlier, the real point of the application is demonstrating how to
create well architected, effective Java EE applications. To that end, once you
have gotten some familiarity with the application functionality the next thing
to do is to dig right into the code.
DDD is a key aspect of the architecture, so it's important to get at least a
working understanding of DDD. As the name implies, Domain-Driven Design is an
approach to software design and development that focuses on the core domain and
We have a brief overview of DDD specifically as it relates to Java EE on the
project site: https://java.net/projects/cargotracker/pages/Home. There's also a
resources page that you should take a look at:
https://java.net/projects/cargotracker/pages/Resources. The project site has
pages dedicated to explaining the core constructs of DDD and how they are
implemented in the application using Java EE:
https://java.net/projects/cargotracker/pages/Characterization as well as the DDD
layers in the application: https://java.net/projects/cargotracker/pages/Layers.
For the most part, it's fine if you are new to Java EE. As long as you have a
basic understanding of server-side applications, the resources referenced above
and the code should be good enough to get started. For learning Java EE further,
we have recommended a few links in the resources section of the project site. Of
course, the ideal user of the project is someone who has a basic working
understanding both Java EE and DDD.
* If you restart the application a few times, you will run into a GlassFish 4
bug (https://java.net/jira/browse/GLASSFISH-20616) causing a spurious
deployment failure. While the problem can be annoying, it's harmless. Just re-
run the application (make sure to completely shut down GlassFish first).
* You will see some spurious JSF warnings on some pages due to a GlassFish
4/Mojarra bug (https://java.net/jira/browse/GLASSFISH-20244). The error is
harmless and can be ignored.
* Sometimes when GlassFish is not shutdown correctly, the Derby database that
the application uses get's corrupted, resulting is strange JDBC errors. If
this occurs, you will need to stop the application and clean the database. You
can do this by simply removing \temp\cargo-tracker-database from the file
system and restarting the application.
Cargo Tracker is an open source project hosted on java.net. We would welcome any
and all contributions.
The project mailing lists are here: https://java.net/projects/cargotracker/lists
The JIRA issue tracker is here: http://java.net/jira/browse/CARGOTRACKER
You can also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions,
concerns or suggestions.