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Hands-On Cloud-Native Applications with Java and Quarkus

By : Francesco Marchioni
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Hands-On Cloud-Native Applications with Java and Quarkus

By: Francesco Marchioni

Overview of this book

Quarkus is a new Kubernetes-native framework that allows Java developers to combine the power of containers, microservices, and cloud-native to build reliable applications. The book is a development guide that will teach you how to build Java-native applications using Quarkus and GraalVM. We start by learning about the basic concepts of a cloud-native application and its advantages over standard enterprise applications. Then we will quickly move on to application development, by installing the tooling required to build our first application on Quarkus. Next, we’ll learn how to create a container-native image of our application and execute it in a Platform-as-a-Service environment such as Minishift. Later, we will build a complete real-world application that will use REST and the Contexts and Dependency injection stack with a web frontend. We will also learn how to add database persistence to our application using PostgreSQL. We will learn how to work with various APIs available to?Quarkus?such as Camel, Eclipse MicroProfile, and Spring DI. Towards the end, we will learn advanced development techniques such as securing applications, application configuration, and working with non-blocking programming models using Vert.x. By the end of this book, you will be proficient with all the components of Quarkus and develop-blazing fast applications leveraging modern technology infrastructure.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)
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Section 1: Getting Started with Quarkus
Section 2: Building Applications with Quarkus
Section 3: Advanced Development Tactics

Getting started with GraalVM

To compile Java code into native executables, you will need an extension of the virtual machine called GraalVM. To be precise, GraalVM is a universal virtual machine that facilitates the compilation of the bytecode of various languages (such as Python, JavaScript, Ruby, and so on). In addition to this, it allows for the integration of those languages in the same project. It has a few other features as well, among which is one that offers Substrate VM, a framework that allows AOT compilation for applications written in various languages. It also allows us to compile JVM bytecode into a native executable.

GraalVM is similar to any other JDK available from other vendors, except that it has Java-based JVM Compiler Interface (JVMCI) support, and it uses Graal as its default JIT compiler. Therefore, it can't just execute Java code but also languages...