AOP in Java Using Annotation

What is AOP? 

AOP stands for the Aspect-Oriented Programming. It is an approach to programming that allows global properties of a program to determine how it is compiled into an executable program. AOP can be used with object-oriented programming ( OOP ).It addresses the problem of cross-cutting concern.

All above is the technical definition, but now we will try to understand it in the more simpler term. Let suppose, as a developer you want to log request and response in the database whenever third-party API is called. One simple method is to add the logging code in the method itself. But should we add the code to log in method, as my method is not created for logging? Even if you are OK with adding the code to the method, now think if you have more than one method where you have to perform this logging. Now what?  Will we write the logging code in each and every method?

No, what we will do, we will find some magic way, by which our logs should be automatically written to the database. And that magic is AOP.

To read more about the AOP, read here.

How to use Annotation with AOP?

Since by now we should know that AOP needs pointcut to perform the magic.Now suppose you just want to log whenever any method is called. If you put a simple annotation on any method, and your work is done.

Here is an example of the same of how to use annotation for logging.