For the records and for those not following the PRs, the mentioned PRs have been cleaned up, reviewed and eventually merged (kudos to Stephane for the good changes).
The work is being tracked at


On Fri, Sep 8, 2017 at 3:24 PM, Stephane Epardaud <> wrote:

I've made a PR for a first draft of async filters

Same goes with the PR for async stream support:

Let me know what you think about it, so I can improve it and finish it?

On 10/08/17 09:38, Stephane Epardaud wrote:

I'm working on trying to make Resteasy and Vertx integrate better, and while writing a prototype I noticed several things which would need support from Resteasy.

The first thing which I need RE to support is that I want to be able to return async types from my resource methods. In JAX-RS 2.0 async resource methods are supported but require a peculiar style, such as taking a "@Suspended AsyncResponse asyncResponse" parameter, returning void, and resuming with asyncResponse.resume(entityOrException).

I know JAX-RS 2.1 supports CompletionStage<Response>. This is great, but it doesn't define a pluggable API to support other types such as rxJava. We should really make that be pluggable, so that I can use rx.Single or other async frameworks.

ATM I have a prototype which supports CompletionStage and rx.Single, without modifying RE, but it's using CDI validators to intercept the returned value and do the plugging, which is a terrible hack. I couldn't find a way to do this properly with RE because I can't intercept the returned value before it's sent to the marshallers, by which time it's too late to mark the response as async and register on the listeners.

Now, because the return type is CompletionStage<X> (or rx.Single<X> doesn't matter), the ResourceMethodInvoker.getGenericReturnType() returns a very unhelpful type, which I can't used to look up the proper marshallers, so again this is something that has to be taken into account.

Sometimes I will declare a return type of CompletionStage<Object> because Java doesn't have Union Types and I can't declare it as CompletionStage<Response | MyEntity>, and in that case I have to look up marshallers based on the entity instance's class rather than the declared type. I suppose the same applies to non-async return types. Is it the spec that fixes this looking up of marshallers based on the static return type and not the entity's actual type?

Now, I haven't said much about things like Observable or Flowable (async types that emit more than one value), because it's not yet clear in my mind how that would work with RE. In my proto I do support returning such flows and based on how the method is annotated, RE will pick one strategy:

- collect all values in a java.util.List and when all done proceed,
- send them as HTTP Chunked: marshall and send each value as they are made available
- send them as server-sent events but that's a bit weird when it's not plain text

Since JAX-RS 2.1 supports server-sent events, that would also be a strategy that makes sense.

I have contacted the CDI team to discuss async injection, because I also want to be able to inject instances of X in my resources where there only exists providers of type CompletionStage<X>, which requires a new CDI API to support async resource instantiation/injection. If/when that gets added to CDI, RE will need to be updated to support this async injection.

Similarly I also have a problem with interceptors, because sometimes my RE interceptors require resolving of async types before they can go on with the request. For example for authentication or sessions my interceptors have to wait for vert.x to resolve async values before I can check them and proceed with the requests. The wait the interceptor API is written doesn't let me suspend interception. It's be great if it could. Alternately CDI interceptors have an InvocationContext parameter given to the interceptor on which you have to call proceed() in order to proceed. This allows me to delay proceeding until I have all my async values resolved and only then proceed with the call to the next interceptor. That'd work too.

And I guess the same applies to Marshallers. I have Template entity objects that I need to marshall and that is done via an async API in vertx, so again I can't entirely marshall the response when the marshaller is called.

Last, and least interestingly, I've always been bitten by the fact that ExceptionMappers are global and I can't override them per resource. Sometimes I have UI/HTML resources that need exception mappers that forward to UI pages, and API resources that have to serialise errors into JSON. I've added support for an @WithExceptionMapper(Class<? extends ExceptionMapper>) annotation that you can place on the resource method or class to override the error mapper for this call.


I'm definitly game for pushing PRs for those things, BTW.

How far along are you guys with implementing JAX-RS 2.1 in RE?


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