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