Consumer Driven Contracts with Spring Cloud Contract

Jan 26 2017 Talk @ Toronto Java User Group

A video of my talk Consumer Driven Contracts with Spring Cloud Contract on Jan 26 2017 at the Toronto Java User Group.

Abstract:

Changing a published API over time is hard due to backward compatibility concerns. This is even more of an issue in a microservice architecture with 100’s of microservices that each publish and API. Consumer Driven Contracts is an effective service evolution pattern. In this talk we will explain the ideas behind Consumer Driven Contracts and show how to implement them easily with Spring Cloud Contract.

Spring Cloud Contract is an umbrella project holding solutions that help users in successfully implementing the Consumer Driven Contracts approach. Currently Spring Cloud Contract consists of the Spring Cloud Contract Verifier project.

Spring Cloud Contract Verifier is a tool that enables Consumer Driven Contract (CDC) development of JVM-based applications. It is shipped with Contract Definition Language (DSL) written in Groovy. Stating with version 1.1.0 you can define your own way of defining contracts – the only thing you have to provide is a converter. Contract definitions are used to produce following resources:

  • JSON stub definitions to be used by WireMock (HTTP Server Stub) when doing integration testing on the client code (client tests). Test code must still be written by hand, test data is produced by Spring Cloud Contract Verifier. Starting with version 1.1.0 you can provide your own implementation of the HTTP Server Stub.
  • Messaging routes if you’re using one. We’re integrating with Spring Integration, Spring Cloud Stream and Apache Camel. You can however set your own integrations if you want to.
  • Messaging routes if you’re using one. We’re integrating with Spring Integration, Spring Cloud Stream and Apache Camel. You can however set your own integrations if you want to.

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