Camel Components for Google App Engine

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The Camel components for Google App Engine (GAE) are part of the camel-gae project and provide connectivity to GAE's cloud computing services. They make the GAE cloud computing environment accessible to applications via Camel interfaces. Following this pattern for other cloud computing environments could make it easier to port Camel applications from one cloud computing provider to another. The following table lists the cloud computing services provided by Google and the supporting Camel components. The documentation of each component can be found by following the link in the Camel Component column.

GAE service

Camel component

Component description

URL fetch service

ghttp

Provides connectivity to the GAE URL fetch service but can also be used to receive messages from servlets.

Task queueing service

gtask

Supports asynchronous message processing on GAE by using the task queueing service as message queue.

Mail service

gmail

Supports sending of emails via the GAE mail service. Receiving mails is not supported yet but will be added later.

Memcache service

 

Not supported yet.

XMPP service

 

Not supported yet.

Images service

 

Not supported yet.

Datastore service

 

Not supported yet.

Accounts service

gauth
glogin

These components interact with the Google Accounts API for authentication and authorization. Google Accounts is not specific to Google App Engine but is often used by GAE applications for implementing security. The gauth component is used by web applications to implement a Google-specific OAuth consumer. This component can also be used to OAuth-enable non-GAE web applications. The glogin component is used by Java clients (outside GAE) for programmatic login to GAE applications. For instructions how to protect GAE applications against unauthorized access refer to the Security for Camel GAE applications page.

Camel context

Setting up a SpringCamelContext on Google App Engine differs between Camel 2.1 and higher versions. The problem is that usage of the Camel-specific Spring configuration XML schema from the http://camel.apache.org/schema/spring namespace requires JAXB and Camel 2.1 depends on a Google App Engine SDK version that doesn't support JAXB yet. This limitation has been removed since Camel 2.2.

JMX must be disabled in any case because the javax.management package isn't on the App Engine JRE whitelist.

Camel 2.1

camel-gae 2.1 comes with the following CamelContext implementations.

  • org.apache.camel.component.gae.context.GaeDefaultCamelContext (extends org.apache.camel.impl.DefaultCamelContext)
  • org.apache.camel.component.gae.context.GaeSpringCamelContext (extends org.apache.camel.spring.SpringCamelContext)

Both disable JMX before startup. The GaeSpringCamelContext additionally provides setter methods adding route builders as shown in the next example.

appctx.xml

Alternatively, use the routeBuilders property of the GaeSpringCamelContext for setting a list of route builders. Using this approach, a SpringCamelContext can be configured on GAE without the need for JAXB.

Camel 2.2 or higher

With Camel 2.2 or higher, applications can use the http://camel.apache.org/schema/spring namespace for configuring a SpringCamelContext but still need to disable JMX. Here's an example.

appctx.xml

The web.xml

Running Camel on GAE requires usage of the CamelHttpTransportServlet from camel-servlet. The following example shows how to configure this servlet together with a Spring application context XML file.

web.xml

The location of the Spring application context XML file is given by the contextConfigLocation init parameter. The appctx.xml file must be on the classpath. The servlet mapping makes the Camel application accessible under http://<appname>.appspot.com/camel/... when deployed to Google App Engine where <appname> must be replaced by a real GAE application name. The second servlet mapping is used internally by the task queueing service for background processing via web hooks. This mapping is relevant for the gtask component and is explained there in more detail.

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