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Getting Started with Eclipse MicroProfile, Part 6: Hammock

This time around, we’re going to start looking at a slightly different take on MicroProfile implemenations. Whereas Payara Micro, Thorntail, OpenLibery, and TomEE are all based on application servers (albeit stripped down versions), our implementation in this post, Hammock, is based on a CDI container. Rather than start what amounts to an app server under which a web is deployed, we’ll be spinning up a plain ol' CDI container, which will look for CDI beans to load/start/etc. That may sound weird, and I may not be describing it clearly, so let’s just jump in to the code and take a look.

Hammock, as I noted above, is a CDI-based MicroServices framework. I should note that, as best as I can tell, while it supports MicroProfile features, I’m not entirely sure which version (seems to be 1.2), and it seems that Hammock is not a certified MicroProfile implementation (i.e., it doesn’t seem to have passed the TCKs, but I’m more than happy to be proven wrong). All that said, it seems to be a great (and FAST) deployment option.

As usual, we’ll start with our POM:




The eagle-eyed among us may notice something peculiar: our packaging is jar. In large part, this doesn’t really affect how the app is built, but it’s an interesting difference. We include one dependency to pull in Hammock’s MicroProfile distribution, and we’re off the to races. Almost. Like other demos, most of the heavy lifting is done with a build plugin:


Here, at the suggestion of the Hammock documentation, we’re using the Capsule Maven plugin to build a fat jar, specifying ws.ament.hammock.Bootstrap as our application’s entry point. This class takes care of starting the CDI container (as well as integrating with JAX-RS runtimes, etc.) and leaves us with a running service ready to answer calls:

# mvn install
# java -jar target/hammock-1.0-SNAPSHOT-capsule.jar
17:53:07.928 [main] INFO  ws.ament.hammock.HammockRuntime - Starting webserver on http://jdlee:8080
# curl http://localhost:8080
Hello, world
# curl http://localhost:8080/?name=Hammock
Hello, Hammock

Beautiful, no?

Testing here is a bit different as well. I was unable to find any sort of Arquillian support for Hammock, but that doesn’t mean it’s not testable:

public class HammockTest {
    private static Bootstrapper bootstrapper;
    public static void setup() {
        bootstrapper = ServiceLoader.load(Bootstrapper.class).iterator().next();

    public static void shutdown() {
        if (bootstrapper != null) {

    public void shouldSayWorld() throws URISyntaxException, IOException {
        requestAndTest(new URI("http://localhost:8080"), "Hello, world");


    public void shouldSayHammock() throws URISyntaxException, IOException {
        requestAndTest(new URIBuilder(new URI("http://localhost:8080"))
                        .setParameter("name", "Hammock")
                "Hello, Hammock");

    private void requestAndTest(URI uri, String s) throws IOException {
        try (CloseableHttpResponse response = HttpClients.createMinimal().execute(new HttpGet(uri))) {

In our @BeforeClass and @AfterClass methods, we simply start and stop the server programmatically. The tests look exactly like the ones we’ve seen prior.

And that’s all there is to it. I should note that I have not pressed Hammock very hard, so I don’t know how it will differ with things like JPA, DataSources/ConnectionPools, etc. that other implementations may offer out of the box. Granted, those things aren’t MicroProfile APIs, so if your app uses them, it’s on you to make sure they’re available at runtime. It may be, then, that your application requires a bit more configuration and dependency management with Hammock than it would with, say, Payara Micro. I just don’t know enough to give any guidance on that. Maybe John Ament can chime in. :)

That’s all for now. Next time, we’ll look at a new entry from Oracle, of all places, Helidon.


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