Some Use cases of Annotations

In our previous post, we understand what annotation is, and how to create our custom annotations. Now we will try to understand how and when we can use annotation.

This is more sort of the suggestion rather than any rule of using experience.All this will be from my experience, it can change from person to person.

The common examples where I love to use annotations are:

Separating and Categorization
Every one of us loves to code and to protect our code we write test cases. We all are familiar with unit test cases and integration test cases. To reduce the build in time we always want to run these test cases in parallel.But to run them in parallel we first have to categorize these in two different buckets. we need some mechanism to identify what test cases are unit test cases and what are integration test cases.
For this, we will try very simple use case. We will try to use annotation to identify our type of test cases.We will create a simple spring application with Gradle, which have few unit test cases and integration test cases.
You can access the code base directly from GIT Repo.
  • First, create a simple spring-boot application with Gradle.
  • Create two interfaces “UnitTest” and “IntegrationTest


package com.application
public interface UnitTest{}


package com.application
public interface IntegrationTests{}

  • Create Gradle task to run different type of test cases

Gradle tasks

test {
    useJUnit {
        includeCategories 'com.application.UnitTest'

task integrationTest(type: Test) {
    useJUnit {
        includeCategories 'com.application.IntegrationTest'


All you need to do is put the annotation on your test case now.

public class IntegrationTestCaseExample {


@Category(value = UnitTest.class)
public class UnitTestCaseExample {

Now all you need to do is run the gradle test if running unit test cases and gradle integrationTest if have to run integration test.


Sample code for the same can be seen at this link

For further usage of Annotation,  will try to write few more blogs


Dockerize Spring Boot Application

This blog will help the audience to enable them to create docker image from a Spring boot Application.We have created a Spring Boot with maven.

We have already created the code repository. This repository contain 3 branches

1.Master: – Vanilla Spring Boot with Web Module

2.Controller-Test: – Master with test Rest repository.

3.Docker-Support :- Added docker support to Controller-Test branch


  • Spring Boot Knowledge
  • How to create simple DockerFile

Here we will see what changes are required to add docker support to Spring Boot Application. It is the changes required to create Docker-Support branch from Controller-Test branch.

Changes Required in Pom

We need to add below mention plugin in the pom.


Add DockerFile in the project path

FROM frolvlad/alpine-oraclejdk8:slim
ADD target/docker-0.0.1.jar app.jar
RUN sh -c 'touch /app.jar'
ENTRYPOINT ["java","","-jar","/app.jar"]

There are two ways to create a docker image from the current source now.

1.Create docker image using maven plugin [can also be used using Jenkin worklow]

Run the command from project directory:- mvn clean package docker:build

2.Create docker image using docker build command

Run mvn install:- mvn clean install

Create docker image by executing the following command from project directory:

docker build  -t  docker.demo:latest  .