Michael Hoennig 2c0101b46d introduce-partner-business-role (#16)
Co-authored-by: Michael Hoennig <michael@hoennig.de>
Reviewed-on: #16
Reviewed-by: Timotheus Pokorra <timotheus.pokorra@hostsharing.net>
2024-02-01 14:48:15 +01:00

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hsadminNg Development

This documents gives an overview of the development environment and tools. For architecture consider the files in the doc and adr folder.

Setting up the Development Environment

All instructions assume that you're using a current Linux or MacOS operating system. Everything is tested on Ubuntu Linux 22.04 and MacOS Monterey (12.4).

To be able to build and run the Java Spring Boot application, you need the following tools:

  • Docker 20.x (on MacOS you also need Docker Desktop or similar) or Podman
  • optionally: PostgreSQL Server 15.5-bookworm (see instructions below to install and run in Docker)
  • The matching Java JDK at will be automatically installed by Gradle toolchain support to ~/.gradle/jdks/.
  • You also might need an IDE (e.g. IntelliJ IDEA or Eclipse or VS Code with STS and a GUI Frontend for PostgreSQL like Postbird.

If you have at least Docker and the Java JDK installed in appropriate versions and in your PATH, then you can start like this:

cd your-hsadmin-ng-directory

source .aliases # creates some comfortable bash aliases, e.g. 'gw'='./gradlew'
gw              # initially downloads the configured Gradle version into the project

gw test         # compiles and runs unit- and integration-tests

# if the container has not been built yet, run this:
pg-sql-run      # downloads + runs PostgreSQL in a Docker container on localhost:5432
# if the container has been built already, run this:

gw bootRun      # compiles and runs the application on localhost:8080

# the following command should reply with "pong":
curl http://localhost:8080/api/ping

# the following command should return a JSON array with just all customers:
curl \
    -H 'current-user: superuser-alex@hostsharing.net' \

# the following command should return a JSON array with just all packages visible for the admin of the customer yyy:
curl \
    -H 'current-user: superuser-alex@hostsharing.net' -H 'assumed-roles: test_customer#yyy.admin' \

# add a new customer
curl \
    -H 'current-user: superuser-alex@hostsharing.net' -H "Content-Type: application/json" \
    -d '{ "prefix":"ttt", "reference":80001, "adminUserName":"admin@ttt.example.com" }' \
    -X POST http://localhost:8080/api/test/customers

If you wonder who 'superuser-alex@hostsharing.net' and 'superuser-fran@hostsharing.net' are and where the data comes from: Mike and Sven are just example global admin accounts as part of the example data which is automatically inserted in Testcontainers and Development environments. Also try for example 'admin@xxx.example.com' or 'unknown@example.org'.

If you want a formatted JSON output, you can pipe the result to jq or similar.

And to see the full, currently implemented, API, open http://localhost:8080/swagger-ui/index.html.

If you still need to install some of these tools, find some hints in the next chapters.

PostgreSQL Server

You could use any PostgreSQL Server (version 15) installed on your machine. You might amend the port and user settings in src/main/resources/application.yml, though.

But the easiest way to run PostgreSQL is via Docker.

Initially, pull an image compatible to current PostgreSQL version of Hostsharing:

docker pull postgres:15.5-bookworm 

If we switch the version, please also amend the documentation as well as the aliases file. Thanks!

Create and run a container with the given PostgreSQL version:

docker run --name hsadmin-ng-postgres -e POSTGRES_PASSWORD=password -p 5432:5432 -d postgres:15.5-bookworm

# or via alias: 

To check if the PostgreSQL container is running, the following command should list a container with the name "hsadmin-ng-postgres":

docker container ls 

Stop the PostgreSQL container:

docker stop hsadmin-ng-postgres
# or via alias: pg-sql-stop

Start the PostgreSQL container again:

docker container start hsadmin-ng-postgres
# or via alias: pg-sql-start

Remove the PostgreSQL container:

docker rm hsadmin-ng-postgres

# or via alias:

To reset to a clean database, use:

pg-sql-stop; pg-sql-remove; pg-sql-run

# or via alias:

After the PostgreSQL container is removed, you need to create it again as shown in "Create and run ..." above.

Given the container is running, to create a backup in ~/backup, run:

docker exec -i hsadmin-ng-postgres /usr/bin/pg_dump --clean --create -U postgres postgres | gzip -9 > ~/backup/hsadmin-ng-postgres.sql.gz

# or via alias:
pg-sql-backup >~/backup/hsadmin-ng-postgres.sql.gz

Again, given the container is running, to restore the backup from ~/backup, run:

gunzip --stdout --keep ~/backup/hsadmin-ng-postgres.sql.gz | docker exec -i hsadmin-ng-postgres psql -U postgres -d postgres

# or via alias:
pg-sql-restore <~/backup/hsadmin-ng-postgres.sql.gz


To generate the TOC (Table of Contents), a little bash script from a Blog Article was used.

Given this is in PATH as md-toc, use:

md-toc <README.md 2 4 | cut -c5-'

To render the Markdown files, especially to watch embedded PlantUML diagrams, you can use one of the following methods:

Render Markdown embedded PlantUML

Can you see the following diagram right in your IDE? I mean a real graphic diagram, not just some markup code.

me -> you: Can you see this diagram?
you -> me: Sorry, I don't :-(
me -> you: Install some tooling!

If not, you need to install some tooling.

for IntelliJ IDEA (or derived products)

You just need the bundled Markdown plugin enabled and install and activate the PlantUML plugin in its settings.

You might also need to install Graphviz on your operating system. For Debian-based Linux systems this might work:

sudo apt install graphviz
Ubuntu Linux command line
  1. Install Pandoc with some extra libraries:
sudo apt-get install pandoc texlive-latex-base texlive-fonts-recommended texlive-extra-utils texlive-latex-extra pandoc-plantuml-filter 
  1. Install mermaid-filter, e.g. this way:
npm install -g mermaid-filter
  1. Run Pandoc to generate a PDF from a Markdown file with PlantUML and Mermaid diagrams:
pandoc --filter mermaid-filter --filter pandoc-plantuml rbac.md -o rbac.pdf
for other IDEs / operating systems

If you have figured out how it works, please add instructions above this section.

Render Markdown Embedded Mermaid Diagrams

The source of RBAC role diagrams are much easier to read with Mermaid than with PlantUML or GraphViz, that's also the main reason Mermaid is used.

Can you see the following diagram right in your IDE? I mean a real graphic diagram, not just some markup code. @startuml me -> you: Can you see this diagram? you -> me: Sorry, I don't :-( me -> you: Install some tooling! @enduml

graph TD;
    A[Can you see this diagram?];
    A --> yes;
    A --> no;
    no --> F[Follow the instructions below!]
    F --> yes
    yes --> E[Then everything is fine.]

If not, you need to install some tooling.

for IntelliJ IDEA (or derived products)
  1. Activate the bundled Jebrains Markdown PlantUML Extension via File | Settings | Languages & Frameworks | Markdown
  2. Install the Jetbrains Mermaid plugin: https://plugins.jetbrains.com/plugin/20146-mermaid, it also works embedded in Markdown files.

Now the above diagram should be rendered.

for other IDEs / command-line / operating systems

If you have figured out how it works, please add instructions above this section.

IDE Specific Settings

IntelliJ IDEA

Build Settings

Go to [Gradle Settings}(jetbrains://idea/settings?name=Build%2C+Execution%2C+Deployment--Build+Tools--Gradle) and select "Build and run using" and "Run tests using" both to "gradle". Otherwise, settings from build.gradle, like compiler arguments, are not applied when compiling through IntelliJ IDEA.

Annotation Processor

Go to Annotations Processors and activate annotation processing. Otherwise, IntelliJ IDEA can't see Lombok generated classes and will show false errors (missing identifiers).

Suggested Plugins

Other Tools

jq: a JSON formatter. On Debian'oid systems you can install it with sudo apt-get install jq. On MacOS you can install it with brew install jq, given you have brew installed.

Running the SQL files


The Schema is automatically created via Liquibase, a database migration library. Currently, also some test data is automatically created.

To increase the amount of test data, increase the number of generated customers in 2022-07-28-051-hs-customer.sql and run that

If you already have data, e.g. for customers 0..999 (thus with reference numbers 10000..10999) and want to add another 1000 customers, amend the for loop to 1000...1999 and also uncomment and amend the CONTINUE WHEN or WHERE conditions in the other test data generators, using the first new customer reference number (in the example that's 11000).

For Historization

The historization is not yet integrated into the Liquibase-scripts. You can explore the prototype as follows:

  • start with an empty database (the example tables are currently not compatible with RBAC),
  • then run historization.sql in the database,
  • finally run examples.sql in the database.

Coding Guidelines

Directory and Package Structure

General Directory Structure

.aliases Shell-aliases for common tasks.

build/ Output directory for gradle build results. Ignored by git.

build.gradle Gradle build-file. Contains dependencies and build configurations.

doc/ Contains project documentation.

.editorconfig Rules for indentation etc. considered by many code editors.

etc/ Miscellaneous configurations, as long as these don't need to be in the rood directory.

.git/ Git repository. Do not temper with this!

.gitattributes Git configurations regarding text file format conversion between operating systems.

.gitignore Git configuration regarding which files and directories should be ignored (not checked in).

.gradle/ Config files created by gradle wrapper. Ignored by git.

gradle/ The gradle distribution downloaded by gradle wrapper. Ignored by git.

gradlew and gradlew.bat use these batches to run gradle for builds etc.

.idea/ (optional) Config and cache files created by IntelliJ IDEA. Ignore by git.

LICENSE.md Contains the license used for this software.

out/ (optional) Build output created by *IntelliJ IDEA". Ignored by git.

README.md Contains an overview about how to build the project and the used tools.

.run/ (optional) Created by IntelliJ IDEA to contain run and debug configurations.

settings.gradle Configuration file for gradle.

sql/ Contains SQL scripts for experiments and useful tasks. Most of this will sooner or later be moved to Liquibase-scripts.

src/ The actual source-code, see Source Code Package Structure for details.

TODO.md Requirements of initial project. Do not touch!

TODO-progress.png Generated diagram image of the project progress.

tools/ Some shell-scripts to useful tasks.

Source Code Package Structure

For the source code itself, the general standard Java directory structure is used, where productive and test code are separated like this:


The Java package structure below contains:

  • config and global (utility) packages, these should not access any other packages within the project
  • rbac, containing all packages related to the RBAC subsystem
  • hs, containing Hostsharing business object related packages

Underneath of rbac and hs, the structure is business oriented, NOT technical / layer -oriented.

Some of these rules are checked with ArchUnit unit tests.

Run Tests from Command Line

Run all tests which have not yet been passed with the current source code:

gw test 

Force running all tests:

gw cleanTest test 

Spotless Code Formatting

Code formatting for Java is checked via spotless. The formatting style can be checked with this command:

gw spotlessCheck

This task is also included in gw build and gw check.

To apply formatting rules, use:

gw spotlessApply

JaCoCo Test Code Coverage Check

This project uses the JaCoCo test code coverage report with limit checks. It can be executed with:

gw jacocoTestReport

This task is also automatically run after gw test. It is configured in build.gradle.

A report is generated under build/reports/jacoco/tests/test/index.html.

Additionally, quality limits are checked via:

gw jacocoTestCoverageVerification

This task is also executed as part of gw check.

PiTest Mutation Testing

PiTest mutation testing is configured for unit tests. It can be executed with:

gw pitest

Classes to be scanned, tests to be executed and thresholds are configured in build.gradle.

A report is generated under build/reports/pitest/index.html. A link to the report is also printed after the pitest run.

This task is also executed as part of gw check.


In this project, there is little business logic in Java code; most business code is in plsql and Java ist mostly used for mapping REST calls to database queries. This mapping ist mostly done through Spring annotations and other implicit code.

Therefore, there are only few unit tests and thus mutation testing has limited value. We'll see if this changes when the project progresses and more validations are added.

OWASP Security Vulnerability Check

An OWASP security vulnerability is configured and can be utilized by running:

gw dependencyCheckAnalyze

This task is also included in gw build and gw check. It is configured in build.gradle.

Often vulnerability reports don't apply to our use cases. Therefore, reports can be suppressed. In case of suppression, a note must be added to explain why it does not apply to us.

See also: https://jeremylong.github.io/DependencyCheck/dependency-check-gradle/index.html.


The gw check phase depends on a dependency-license-compatibility check. If any dependency violates the configured list of allowed licenses, the build will fail. New licenses can be added to that list after a legal investigation.

GPL (GNU General Public License) is only allowed with classpath exception. Do not use any dependencies under GPL without this exception, except if these offer an alternative license which is allowed. LGPL (GNU Library General Public License) is also allowed.

To run just the dependency-license-compatibility check, use:

gw checkLicense

If the check fails, a report can be found here: The generated license can be found under dependencies-without-allowed-license.json.

And to generate a report, use:

gw generateLicenseReport

The generated license can be found here: index.html.

More information can be found on the project's website.

Dependency Version Upgrade

Dependency versions can be automatically upgraded to the latest available version:

gw useLatestVersions

Afterwards, gw check is automatically started. Please only commit+push to master if the check run shows no errors.

More infos, e.g. on blacklists see on the project's website.

How To ...

How to Configure .pgpass for the Default PostgreSQL Database?

To access the default database schema as used during development, add this line to your .pgpass file in your users home directory:


Amend host and port if necessary.

How to Run the Tests Against a Local User-Space Podman Daemon?

Using a normal Docker daemon running as root has some security issues. As an alternative, this chapter shows how you can run a Podman daemon in user-space.

Install and Run Podman

You can find directions in this project on Github

Summary for Debian-based Linux systems:

  1. Install Podman, e.g. like this:
sudo apt-get -y install podman

It is possible to move the storage directory to /tmp, e.g. to increase performance or to avoid issues with NFS mounted home directories:

cat .config/containers/storage.conf
driver = "vfs"
graphRoot = "/tmp/containers/storage"
  1. Then start it like this:
systemctl --user enable --now podman.socket
systemctl --user status podman.socket
ls -la /run/user/$UID/podman/podman.sock

These commands are also available in .aliases as podman-start.

Use the Command Line to Run the Tests Against the Podman Daemon

  1. In a local shell. in which you want to run the tests, set some environment variables:
export DOCKER_HOST="unix:///run/user/$UID/podman/podman.sock"

These commands are also available in .aliases as podman-use.

Disabling RYUK is necessary, because it's not supported by Podman. Supposedly this means that containers are not properly cleaned up after test runs, but I could not see any remaining containers after test runs. If we are running into problems with stale containers, we need to register a shutdown-hook in the test source code.

  1. Now You Can Run the Tests
gw test # gw is from the .aliases file

Use IntelliJ IDEA Run the Tests Against the Podman Daemon

To run the tests against a Podman Daemon in IntelliJ IDEA too, you also need to set the environment variables DOCKER_HOST and TESTCONTAINERS_RYUK_DISABLED as show above. This can either be done in the environment from which IDEA is started. Or you can use the run config template for gradle to set these variables:

IntelliJ IDEA Gradle Run Template

If you already have Gradle run configs, you need to delete them, so they get re-created from the template. Alternatively you need to add the environment varibles here too:

IntelliJ IDEA Gradle Run Config Example

Find more information here.


It should be possible to set these environment variables in ~/.testcontainers.properties, but it did not work so far. Maybe a problem with quoting.

If you manage to make it work, please amend this documentation, thanks.

How to Run the Tests Against a Remote Podman or Docker Daemon?

  1. On the remote host, you need to have a Podman or Docker daemon running on a port accessible from the Internet. Probably, you want to protect it with a VPN, but that's not part of this documentation.

e.g. to make Podman listen to a port, run this:

podman system service -t 0 tcp:HOST:PORT # please replace HOST+PORT
  1. In a local shell. in which you want to run the tests, set some environment variables:
export DOCKER_HOST=tcp://HOST:PORT # please replace HOST+PORT again
export TESTCONTAINERS_RYUK_DISABLED=true  # only for Podman

Regarding RYUK, see also in the directions for a locally running Podman, above.

  1. Now you can run the tests:
gw clean test # gw is from the .aliases file

For information about how to run the tests in IntelliJ IDEA against a remote Podman daemon, see also in the chapter above just with the HOST:PORT-based DOCKER_HOST.

How to Run the Application on a Different Port?

By default, gw bootRun starts the application on port 8080.

This port can be changed in src/main/resources/application.yml through the property server.port.

How to Use a Persistent Database for Integration Tests?

Usually, the DataJpaTest integration tests run against a database in a temporary docker container. As soon as the test ends, the database is gone; this might make debugging difficult.

Alternatively, a persistent database could be used by amending the resources/application.yml through the property spring.datasource.url in src/test/resources/application.yml , e.g. to the JDBC-URL from src/main/resources/application.yml.

If the persistent database and the temporary database show different results, one of these reasons could be the cause:

  1. You might have some changesets only running in either context, check the context: ... in the changeset control lines.
  2. You might have changes in the database which interfere with the tests, e.g. from a previous run of tests or manually applied. It's best to run pg-sql-reset && gw bootRun before each test run, to have a clean database.

How to Amend Liquibase SQL Changesets?

Liquibase changesets are meant to be immutable and based on each other. That means, once a changeset is written, it never changes, not even a whitespace or comment. Liquibase is a database migration tool, not a database initialization tool.

This, if you need to add change a table, stored procedure or whatever, create a new changeset and apply ALTER, DROP, CREATE OR REPLACE or whatever SQL commands to perform your changes. These changes will be automatically applied once the application starts up again. This way, any staging or production database will always match the application code.

But, during initial development that can be a big hassle because the database structure changes a lot in that stage. Also, the actual structure of the database won't be easily recognized anymore through lots of migration changesets.

Therefore, during initial development, it's good approach just to amend the existing changesets and delete the database:

gw bootRun

Just don't forget switching to the migration mode, once there is a production database!

How to Re-Generate Spring-Controller-Interfaces from OpenAPI specs?

The API is described as OpenAPI specifications in src/main/resources/api-definition/.

Once generated, the interfaces for the Spring-Controllers can be found in build/generated/sources/openapi.

These interfaces have to be implemented by subclasses named *Controller.

All gradle tasks which need the generated interfaces depend on the Gradle task openApiGenerate which controls the code generation. It can also be executed directly:

gw openApiGenerate

How to Generate Database Table Diagrams?

Some overview documentation about the database can be generated via postgresql_autodoc. To make it easier, the command line is included in the .aliases, just call:


The output will list the generated files.

Further Documentation

  • the doc directory contains architecture concepts and a glossary
  • TODO.md tracks requirements and progress for the contract of the initial project, please do not amend anything in this document