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Coding January 16, 2024

Mastering Batch Processing: A Guide to Spring Batch Proficiency

Written by Mahipalsinh Rana

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Mastering Batch Processing_ A Guide to Spring Batch Proficiency

In the ever-evolving landscape of enterprise applications, efficiently handling large-scale data processing tasks is a common challenge. Spring Batch, is a robust batch application development framework that is lightweight and all-inclusive, facilitating the creation of batch applications essential to enterprise system everyday operations.

Spring Batch provides reusable functions essential in processing large volumes of records, including logging/tracing, transaction management, job processing statistics, job restart, skip, and resource management.

Spring Batch Architecture

A typical batch application is roughly as follows.

  • Read a large number of records from a database, file, or queue.
  • Process the data in some way.
  • Write back the data in a modified form.
The corresponding schematic is as follows.

Spring Batch Architecture

The general architecture of the spring batch is as follows.

general architecture

In the spring batch, a job can define many steps, in each step you can define its own ItemReader for reading data, ItemProcesseor for processing data, and ItemWriter for writing data, and each defined job is in the JobRepository Inside, we can start a job through the JobLauncher.

Core Concepts

Job: In Spring Batch, a job is an executable task that can be divided into smaller, more manageable jobs.

Step: Within a job, a step is a self-contained, executable unit. It performs a certain function, like reading, processing, and writing data.

Item: An item is a data point that has undergone step processing. It could be any kind of data, such as a line from a file or a record from a database.

Building Blocks of Spring Batch

  • Readers, Processors, and Writers

ItemReader

Reads information from a file or database, among other sources. An ItemReader reads one item at a time. Spring Batch provides an Interface ItemReader. All the readers implement this interface.

Here are some of the predefined ItemReader classes provided by Spring Batch to read from various sources.

 

Reader

Purpose

FlatFIleItemReader

To read data from flat files.

StaxEventItemReader

To read data from XML files.

StoredProcedureItemReader

To read data from the stored procedures of a database.

JDBCPagingItemReader

To read data from relational databases database.

MongoItemReader

To read data from MongoDB.

Neo4jItemReader

To read data from Neo4jItemReader.

ItemProcessor

Reads data from the ItemReader and processes it before sending it to the ItemWriter. An ItemWriter writes one item at a time. Spring Batch provides an Interface ItemWriter. All the writers implement this interface.

Here are some of the predefined ItemWriter classes provided by Spring Batch to read from various sources.

Writer

Purpose

FlatFIleItemWriter

To write data into flat files.

StaxEventItemWriter

To write data into XML files.

StoredProcedureItemWriter

To write data into the stored procedures of a database.

JDBCPagingItemWriter

To write data into relational databases database.

MongoItemWriter

To write data into MongoDB.

Neo4jItemWriter

To write data into Neo4j.

ItemWriter

An ItemProcessor is used to process the data. When the given item is not valid it returns null, else it processes the given item and returns the processed result.

Tasklet

When no reader and writer are given, a tasklet acts as a processor for SpringBatch. It processes only a single task.

Chunks and Transactions

Spring Batch uses chunks to process data, which enables efficient handling of large datasets.

The process of transactions ensures either all items in a chunk are processed successfully or none.

Job Execution Flow

A job is usually composed of one or more steps, and the execution process can be customized to meet specific requirements.

XML or Java-based configuration can be used to configure and orchestrate jobs and steps.

JobRepository

A Job repository in Spring Batch provides Create, Retrieve, Update, and Delete (CRUD) operations for the JobLauncher, Job, and Step implementations.

Real-World Applications

  • Data Migration 

The efficiency of transferring large amounts of data from one system to another is demonstrated by Spring Batch, which proves to be instrumental in data migration scenarios.

  • ETL Mastery

The extraction, transformation, and loading of data is a fundamental use case for Spring Batch. Developers are empowered to create jobs that collect data from diverse sources, apply transformations, and archive the refined results.

  • Report Generation

Batch processing has a specialization in producing complicated reports that involve complex calculations or aggregations.

Features of Spring Batch

  • Maintainability
  • Transaction management
  • Flexibility
  • Retry and Skip Mechanisms
  • Chunk based processing

Implementation of Spring Batch

Step 1: Project Setup

To begin your Spring Batch project, establish a new Spring Boot project. You have the option to use either the Spring Initializer, which is a web-based tool or manually configure your project through your preferred IDE.

Method 1: Using Spring Initializr

Go to Spring Initializr and select the project settings you want, which include project type, language, and packaging.

Include the dependency for “Spring Batch” in your project.

To download the project structure as a ZIP file, click on “Generate”.

Method 2: Manual Configuration

Create a new Spring Boot project in your preferred IDE, ensuring that you have included the necessary Spring Batch dependencies.

Set up your project with the right directory structure to make batch-related components easy to find and organize.

Step 2: Define Job and Steps

Once your project is set up, define a job and its steps. Batch processing can be divided into phases with one or more steps per job. The steps can be configured using ItemReader, ItemProcessor, and ItemWriter implementations.

Implementation of Spring Batch

Implementation of Spring Batch steps

Step 3: Implement ItemReader, ItemProcessor, and ItemWriter

Develop customized implementations for ItemReader, ItemProcessor, and ItemWriter adapted to your specific use case. Spring Batch includes several preinstalled implementations, like JdbcCursorItemReader and JpaItemWriter, that can be modified to suit your requirements.

Implement ItemReader, ItemProcessor, and ItemWriter

Step 4: Configure Batch Properties

Adjust your batch job by configuring batch-related properties. Modify settings including chunk size, retry policies, and transaction management to improve the performance and reliability of your batch jobs.

Configure Batch Properties

To make it clear, let’s define each property:

spring.batch.job.names

Specifies the names of the batch jobs to be executed. Multiple job names can be provided as a comma-separated list.

spring.batch.initialize-schema

Controls the initialization of the batch schema in the underlying database. Setting it to ‘always’ ensures that the schema is created every time the application starts.

spring.batch.job.enabled

Indicates whether the execution of batch jobs is enabled or disabled. When set to ‘true’, jobs will run as usual. Conversely, setting it to ‘false’ prevents the execution of any configured batch jobs.

Step 5: Run the Batch Job

Run your batch job either programmatically or with Spring Boot’s built-in command line support. Check the status of the job execution by monitoring it through the JobRepository.

Run the Batch Job

Key-Takeaway

With Spring Batch, developers can easily handle complex batch processing scenarios. The framework’s flexibility and scalability make it a top choice in the Java ecosystem for handling large datasets or orchestrating ETL workflows. By mastering Spring Batch’s core concepts and building blocks, developers can unleash their full potential for efficient and reliable batch processing.

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