[jax-rs-spec users] Re: High Level API for SSE support

From: Sergey Beryozkin <>
Date: Fri, 3 Feb 2017 09:41:26 +0000

I think the proposed SSE API should stay (to let users control SSE flows
in a fine grained manner when needed),

However offering the users an option to cover the basic SSE flows with
the use of annotations is interesting which
if accepted should be complementary IMHO

Cheers, Sergey

On 02/02/17 23:22, Markus KARG wrote:
> Experts,
> Oracle's current SSE API proposal clearly is a good API for SSE. The
> question is, whether it really fulfils what application developers
> expert from JAX-RS in particular.
> There might be programmers that don't like to explicitly learn a new
> (and rather complex) set of classes and methods just to get the
> additional benefit of update notifications, and that the style of the
> SSE API does not very well fit into the style of JAX-RS. SSE API is
> completely algorithmic, while server-side JAX-RS is mostly
> declarative. I could imagine that some programmers would love to get a
> high-level SSE support in JAX-RS that more looks like "SSE inside
> JAX-RS" and less like a standalone SSE API.
> To illustrate, let me give an example. Think of a simple CRUD
> application that works pretty well in JAX-RS 2.0 already (@POST / @GET
> / @PUT / @DELETE). Now the developers decide that once data is updated
> (PUT) or deleted (DELETE), the client shall be notified about that
> immediately using SSE technology with minimal additional code. But the
> amount of additional code lines with the new SSE API is really heavy
> and clutters the previously clean application with lots of SSE special
> code.
> So I wonder whether it might be beneficial to provide some high-level
> API that simplifies this use case?
> For example, it could look like this (simplified for illustration
> purposes):
> @SSE public class MyResource {
> @GET @SseInit public void notifications() {};
> @POST public void create() {};
> @GET @Path("{id}") public MyObject read() {};
> @PUT @SseNotify public void update() {};
> @DELETE @SseNotify public void delete() {};
> }
> The idea would be the SSE API as outlined by Oracle is used under the
> hood by the JAX-RS container. Once a requests to get SSE notifications
> by calling the @SseInit-annotated GETter, the JAX-RS container sets up
> an implied SSE subscription for that client with this resource.
> Whenever the JAX-RS container leaves the body of @SseNotify-annotated
> methods, it pushes notifications to that subscriptions (the messages
> as synthetically built from the HTTP method and the URL, so the client
> knows what the message means).
> This is not as far as flexible as Oracle's full-blown SSE API, but it
> is only intended as sugar ontop for simple but frequent use cases.
> -Markus