JPA2 with Guice

Some time ago, I posted here about a simple project that I’ve done in my post-graduation classes. Since I need it in other projects, and also some friends ended up using it in small projects, I decided to evolve it a little bit.

So, this is just another post (better, I hope) about that project. It’s basically, a “base” for your Java projects that will somehow need to persist data to some database (almost any app). It’s baked by Guice, Guava, EclipseLink and Apache B-Val, so, you must have almost everything you need to get started almost instantly (you still need to add the JDBC driver).

In this post, I’ll use the version 0.0.5 as base, but it should work exactly the same way in currently 0.0.6-SNAPSHOT version and hopefully in further versions.

Project creation

Create a new Maven project and add the following to your pom.xml:



Nice, you now have almost-all needed dependencies (Guava, EclipseLink, Guice, etc). In fact, if you run mvn dependency:tree, you will get something like:

[INFO] com.carlosbecker:persistence-base-example:jar:1.0-SNAPSHOT
[INFO] \- com.github.caarlos0:persistence-base:jar:0.0.5:compile
[INFO]    +- javax.validation:validation-api:jar:1.0.0.GA:compile
[INFO]    +- org.eclipse.persistence:javax.persistence:jar:2.0.3:compile
[INFO]    +- org.eclipse.persistence:eclipselink:jar:2.4.0:compile
[INFO]    |  \- commonj.sdo:commonj.sdo:jar:2.1.1.v201112051852:compile
[INFO]    +- org.glassfish.external:commons-codec-repackaged:jar:3.0:compile
[INFO]    +- org.apache.bval:bval-core:jar:0.5:compile
[INFO]    |  +- org.apache.commons:commons-lang3:jar:3.1:compile
[INFO]    |  \- commons-beanutils:commons-beanutils-core:jar:1.8.3:compile
[INFO]    +- org.apache.bval:bval-jsr303:jar:0.5:compile
[INFO]    +-
[INFO]    |  +- javax.inject:javax.inject:jar:1:compile
[INFO]    |  \- aopalliance:aopalliance:jar:1.0:compile
[INFO]    +-
[INFO]    \-

HEADS UP: Don’t forget to add your database dependency and the persistence.xml file.

Create a model and a DAO

Just for example, I will create a very simple Person model, something like this:

public class Person extends Bean {
  private static final long serialVersionUID = 1L;

  private String firstname;

  // getters, setters and etc are hidden to use less space

Notice that, since it extends Bean, the model already has an id and a version attribute. In current SNAPSHOT, you will also have the TimestampedBean, which provides created_at and updated_at attributes plus the id and version.

HEADS UP: Don’t forget to add the class to persistence.xml file!

Now, you should be able to bind a GenericDao for this Entity. To do that, create some class exteding AbstractPersistentModule, like the following:

public class MainModule extends AbstractPersistentModule {

  protected void configure() {
    // 'example' is your persistence unit name
    install(new PersistenceModule("example"));

    // this is a shorthand/syntax sugar to bind a Dao<?> to GenericDao<?>

Now, in your app main class, you should be able to inject the GenericDao<Person>, like the following:

public class App {

  public Dao<Person> personDao;

  public static void main(String[] args) {
    App app = new App();
    Injector injector = Guice.createInjector(new MainModule());

    Person p = new Person("Carlos");;

Custom Dao

You will probably want to create your own Dao methods eventually, instead of just use the Generic ones. You can easily achieve this by creating your own Dao interface extending Dao and the specific Dao impl:

public interface AnimalDao extends Dao<Animal> {
  void somecustomMethod(Animal a);

public class AnimalDaoImpl extends GenericDao<Animal> implements AnimalDao {
  public void somecustomMethod(Animal a) {
    // impl

HEADS UP: Notice that you should be able to get an EntityManager instance inside any GenericDao specification by calling the em() method from the superclass. This method relies on an EntityManagerProvider, avoiding some weird session issues.

And, of course, you will need to bind it in your module:


After that, you can simply inject it whenever you want (repecting Guice, obviously) with:

@Inject AnimalDao animalDao;

And you will be able to call animalDao.someCustomMethod(animal) =)


This is a almost-infinite-work-in-progress, so, feel free to make pull-requests, suggestions and report eventual bugs.


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