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Well I've managed to eliminate most of my problems, but I'm still having the issue of getting my Custom ItemReader to return results individually.

The situation is, my reader makes a query to SFDC that pulls back multiple results at once (searching for all records that meet a set of criteria). But I'm not sure how I am supposed to properly handle this in Spring Batch so that the Readers read() method is returning a record at a time so that the itemProcessor will receive that single record at a time.

This is basically what I have at the moment. The leadIdRetrievalService runs the query that pulls back all the id's and spits them back out in a list to the reader. What I can't figure out, is how to handle this so that the Reader meets the requirements of returning 1 record per call to read().

Any advice would be helpful as this has me twisted in knots as to what is the right way to do this. I know I could simply configure the reader to return the whole list, but that would make the Processor expect a List of the ID's and the writer a list of lists of Id's.
5 years ago
Hi Mark.

I definitely appreciate the advice and that gave me some great things to think about. I should have posted this in the original post. But the SFDC instance I am working with has Governance limits which only allow a certain number of calls to be made to and from it within a given time frame. If I did a per record query back for the 2nd query, I would hit those limits pretty quickly (this is a half hour - hourly job). So I have to do bulk calls as they only count as 1 call vs the Governance Limits. So my 2nd query back is a big bulk call on the list of ID's the first returned. If I could do a per record call, that absolutely would be how I would do it (with the ItemProcessor).

The only way I can think to use the ItemProcessor is to cheat the Reader a bit and have the reader pull the entire data set back in 1 run and return a single object that is a collection of all that data. But that, to me, seems to break the intended usage of a Reader and doesn't feel right alongside best practices.

The biggest problem I have is, that Reader/Writer steps seem to be designed for per record basis (ie each call to read() on the reader returns 1 record, processor works on 1 record at a time, and only the writer works on the whole data set at once). But in this case, because of these limits I have to do bulk queries and I don't think any of prebuilt Reader beans (such as IbatisPagingItemReader etc) will work for this because of how we have to interact with SFDC. So I'm basically stumped on how to do it right because I don't just want to hack something together. I'm sure there has to be something in the Spring Batch tool kit that was built for a scenario like this...

I'm pretty sure I'm going to break it down into multiple steps. Right now Im thinking:
Step 1) Reader: performs ID Query
Writer: writes ID's to 11i Stage Table
Step 2) Reader: reads ID's from 11i Stage Table. Performs Lead Query
Writer: pushes data to consuming service.

But for step 2, that has the Reader essentially performing 2 reads. 1 from the stage table and the other from SFDC using that data. What would be the proper way to break it up to confirm to the best practices and intended functionality? I've seen suggestions on the web of implementing a StepExecutionListener with my Reader and having the beforeStep function run the query to the Stage Table for that data and then the actual read() makes the call to SFDC (in this case). But that doesn't seem like the right way to handle it..

So thats where I'm stuck. I could implement this in any number of ways but I can't figure out what is the right way to do it that confirms to the intended usage and best practices. I'd appreciate any further advice or insight.
5 years ago
Hi all,

I'm reasonably experienced with Spring and have done several Batch projects before, but I'm facing a new situation and I'm not sure how to implement for it. The situation is this:

This Batch Project requires querying SFDC for data from a stage table and then making a second query to pull the real data later on based on the results of the first. So the point where I'm stuck is, how exactly to go about implementing the ItemReader for this. The first query (ID Query) is basically pulling back a bulk load of ID's based on some parameters and could be a load of a few hundred ID's.

Basically, how do I set up my ItemReader to make this query, pull back the set of ID's, and then pass them back correctly without sticking them into some kind of collection object and passing back the collection? It's my understanding that the ItemReader returns the items being read in 1 at a time, so if I pull back 100 in a single query, how do I go about parsing these back with the Item Reader?

Also, I'm aware that their is a limit on how many results an SFDC Query can return in one go (200 if I'm not mistaken) or at least the instance we are working with has this limit. Say there were 300 records, how should I go about ensuring proper chunking of the results so that I can get all 300? I know it could be hacked together to say, pull 200, then set the status of those 200 to in-process and then query again... but that just doesn't strike me as the best way to do this.

I'd appreciate any help and advice I can get. Examples are always best but I'm more or less stuck on what is the best way to implement this.

Thank you in advance.
5 years ago
Thank you for the quick answer mark! I'm definitely getting onto the right track but I think I'm still a bit off.

Yes, env was supposed to be the parameter name I pass in. Thank you for the catch on the quotes, I looked right over that heh.

So it's not possible to us SpEL to extract Job Parameters in the Application context? I'm a little fuzzy on when things such as that vs the ApplicationContext are evaluated and resolved. Could I get a little more detail on this? I profess this is a weak point in my understanding of Spring etc and I'd very much like to fill it in. Or if anything, point me to a resource I can read through for this?

Also I am curious about this <until:properties> usage you mention. I've not used that before and I'm wondering if you could go into more detail on that? An example would be highly appreciated! Essentially I have my job set up in such a way as all I need to do is get it to use a different Properties file for each setup.
6 years ago
Hi everyone.

The situation is, I have a Batch Job that is set up to read messages and stats from all the queues across multiple brokers in an environment. But I want to have a separate deployment of the job for each broker environment and have things configured that between broker environments, all I have to do is change the properties in my .properties file. What I would like to do is set up my job so that a value is passed to through the command line that tells it which properties file it uses. So it has to do this in the Application Context in my configuration of the PropertyPlaceholderConfigurer.

But I'm running into an issue where it's not resolving they way I thought it would.

Its resolving the location to "classpath:#{jobParameters[env]}.properties" and not what I'm passing in as the parameter. So basically, can I even use values passed to the command line in the Application context this way? How do I go about doing this because I'm definitely missing something. Is there some additional wiring I have to do? Can I even extract Job Parameters in this manner in the Application Context?

Thank you in advance for any and all advice/help!
6 years ago