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Getting started with Dropwizard: Connecting to external REST Web-services using Jersey Client

Here is a link to my Getting Started with Dropwizard course on Udemy. Only $10! Imagine a situation that you would like to create a currency conversion API using Dropwizard, but exchange rates are fickle and change on daily if not hourly basis. So, you need an external source of exchange rate data and luckily, Google search returns a list of such APIs. In this tutorial will connect to Open Exchange Rates which has a free option.

To use the API one needs to obtain a free API key which is an alphanumeric string supplied as part of request string when accessing the API. Here is the description of how to obtain the key. From this moment it is supposed that you have obtained the key, otherwise you will be unable to follow the examples from this tutorial.

Let’s play a little with the API before we start writing the actual code. First, one can obtain the list of supported currencies, this can be accomplished by navigating the following URL…

Start building JVM microservices with DropWizard

Here is a link to my Getting Started with Dropwizard course on Udemy. Only $10! A full-profile application server, such as Glassfish  are Wildfly, was conceived to integrate a lot of frameworks that could be used separately with a lightweight server such as Jetty otherwise. However, the benefit was that all parts were assembled for you and you didn’t need to iron out the wrinkles you might encounter gluing various frameworks together. Also, an application server saves a developer from writing code that not pertain to the business domain: the application server copes with multithreading, provides a persistence solution, simplifies receiving messages from JMS queues and so on. It should be noted, that one can use a web-profile application server, such as Tomcat along with Spring to solve the same problems. The difference is that Spring mostly does not abide by standards of enterprise Java.

Using an application server solves a lot of developer’s problems, although when an application grow…