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Preface

The Spring Data MongoDB project applies core Spring concepts to the development of solutions using the MongoDB document style data store. We provide a "template" as a high-level abstraction for storing and querying documents. You will notice similarities to the JDBC support in the Spring Framework.

This document is the reference guide for Spring Data - Document Support. It explains Document module concepts and semantics and the syntax for various stores namespaces.

This section provides some basic introduction to Spring and Document database. The rest of the document refers only to Spring Data Document features and assumes the user is familiar with document databases such as MongoDB and CouchDB as well as Spring concepts.

1. Knowing Spring

Spring Data uses Spring framework’s core functionality, such as the IoC container, type conversion system, expression language, JMX integration, and portable DAO exception hierarchy. While it is not important to know the Spring APIs, understanding the concepts behind them is. At a minimum, the idea behind IoC should be familiar for whatever IoC container you choose to use.

The core functionality of the MongoDB and CouchDB support can be used directly, with no need to invoke the IoC services of the Spring Container. This is much like JdbcTemplate which can be used 'standalone' without any other services of the Spring container. To leverage all the features of Spring Data document, such as the repository support, you will need to configure some parts of the library using Spring.

To learn more about Spring, you can refer to the comprehensive (and sometimes disarming) documentation that explains in detail the Spring Framework. There are a lot of articles, blog entries and books on the matter - take a look at the Spring framework home page for more information.

2. Knowing NoSQL and Document databases

NoSQL stores have taken the storage world by storm. It is a vast domain with a plethora of solutions, terms and patterns (to make things worth even the term itself has multiple meanings). While some of the principles are common, it is crucial that the user is familiar to some degree with the stores supported by DATADOC. The best way to get acquainted to this solutions is to read their documentation and follow their examples - it usually doesn’t take more then 5-10 minutes to go through them and if you are coming from an RDMBS-only background many times these exercises can be an eye opener.

The jumping off ground for learning about MongoDB is www.mongodb.org. Here is a list of other useful resources:

3. Requirements

Spring Data MongoDB 1.x binaries requires JDK level 6.0 and above, and Spring Framework 3.2.x and above.

In terms of document stores, MongoDB preferably version 2.4.

4. Additional Help Resources

Learning a new framework is not always straight forward. In this section, we try to provide what we think is an easy to follow guide for starting with Spring Data Document module. However, if you encounter issues or you are just looking for an advice, feel free to use one of the links below:

4.1. Support

There are a few support options available:

4.1.1. Community Forum

Spring Data on Stackoverflow Stackoverflow is a tag for all Spring Data (not just Document) users to share information and help each other. Note that registration is needed only for posting.

4.1.2. Professional Support

Professional, from-the-source support, with guaranteed response time, is available from Pivotal Sofware, Inc., the company behind Spring Data and Spring.

4.2. Following Development

For information on the Spring Data Mongo source code repository, nightly builds and snapshot artifacts please see the Spring Data Mongo homepage. You can help make Spring Data best serve the needs of the Spring community by interacting with developers through the Community on Stackoverflow. To follow developer activity look for the mailing list information on the Spring Data Mongo homepage. If you encounter a bug or want to suggest an improvement, please create a ticket on the Spring Data issue tracker. To stay up to date with the latest news and announcements in the Spring eco system, subscribe to the Spring Community Portal. Lastly, you can follow the SpringSource Data blog or the project team on Twitter (SpringData).

Reference Documentation

5. Introduction

5.1. Document Structure

This part of the reference documentation explains the core functionality offered by Spring Data Document.

MongoDB support introduces the MongoDB module feature set.

MongoDB repositories introduces the repository support for MongoDB.

6. MongoDB support

The MongoDB support contains a wide range of features which are summarized below.

  • Spring configuration support using Java based @Configuration classes or an XML namespace for a Mongo driver instance and replica sets

  • MongoTemplate helper class that increases productivity performing common Mongo operations. Includes integrated object mapping between documents and POJOs.

  • Exception translation into Spring’s portable Data Access Exception hierarchy

  • Feature Rich Object Mapping integrated with Spring’s Conversion Service

  • Annotation based mapping metadata but extensible to support other metadata formats

  • Persistence and mapping lifecycle events

  • Java based Query, Criteria, and Update DSLs

  • Automatic implementation of Repository interfaces including support for custom finder methods.

  • QueryDSL integration to support type-safe queries.

  • Cross-store persistance - support for JPA Entities with fields transparently persisted/retrieved using MongoDB

  • Log4j log appender

  • GeoSpatial integration

For most tasks you will find yourself using MongoTemplate or the Repository support that both leverage the rich mapping functionality. MongoTemplate is the place to look for accessing functionality such as incrementing counters or ad-hoc CRUD operations. MongoTemplate also provides callback methods so that it is easy for you to get a hold of the low level API artifacts such as org.mongo.DB to communicate directly with MongoDB. The goal with naming conventions on various API artifacts is to copy those in the base MongoDB Java driver so you can easily map your existing knowledge onto the Spring APIs.

6.1. Getting Started

Spring MongoDB support requires MongoDB 1.4 or higher and Java SE 5 or higher. The latest production release (2.4.9 as of this writing) is recommended. An easy way to bootstrap setting up a working environment is to create a Spring based project in STS.

First you need to set up a running Mongodb server. Refer to the Mongodb Quick Start guide for an explanation on how to startup a MongoDB instance. Once installed starting MongoDB is typically a matter of executing the following command: MONGO_HOME/bin/mongod

To create a Spring project in STS go to File → New → Spring Template Project → Simple Spring Utility Project → press Yes when prompted. Then enter a project and a package name such as org.spring.mongodb.example.

Then add the following to pom.xml dependencies section.

<dependencies>

  <!-- other dependency elements omitted -->

  <dependency>
    <groupId>org.springframework.data</groupId>
    <artifactId>spring-data-mongodb</artifactId>
    <version>1.4.1.RELEASE</version>
  </dependency>

</dependencies>

Also change the version of Spring in the pom.xml to be

<spring.framework.version>3.2.8.RELEASE</spring.framework.version>

You will also need to add the location of the Spring Milestone repository for maven to your pom.xml which is at the same level of your <dependencies/> element

<repositories>
  <repository>
    <id>spring-milestone</id>
    <name>Spring Maven MILESTONE Repository</name>
    <url>http://repo.spring.io/libs-milestone</url>
  </repository>
</repositories>

The repository is also browseable here.

You may also want to set the logging level to DEBUG to see some additional information, edit the log4j.properties file to have

log4j.category.org.springframework.data.document.mongodb=DEBUG
log4j.appender.stdout.layout.ConversionPattern=%d{ABSOLUTE} %5p %40.40c:%4L - %m%n

Create a simple Person class to persist:

package org.spring.mongodb.example;

public class Person {

  private String id;
  private String name;
  private int age;

  public Person(String name, int age) {
    this.name = name;
    this.age = age;
  }

  public String getId() {
    return id;
  }
  public String getName() {
    return name;
  }
  public int getAge() {
    return age;
  }

  @Override
  public String toString() {
    return "Person [id=" + id + ", name=" + name + ", age=" + age + "]";
  }
}

And a main application to run

package org.spring.mongodb.example;

import static org.springframework.data.mongodb.core.query.Criteria.where;

import org.apache.commons.logging.Log;
import org.apache.commons.logging.LogFactory;
import org.springframework.data.mongodb.core.MongoOperations;
import org.springframework.data.mongodb.core.MongoTemplate;
import org.springframework.data.mongodb.core.query.Query;

import com.mongodb.Mongo;

public class MongoApp {

  private static final Log log = LogFactory.getLog(MongoApp.class);

  public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {

    MongoOperations mongoOps = new MongoTemplate(new Mongo(), "database");
    mongoOps.insert(new Person("Joe", 34));

    log.info(mongoOps.findOne(new Query(where("name").is("Joe")), Person.class));

    mongoOps.dropCollection("person");
  }
}

This will produce the following output

10:01:32,062 DEBUG apping.MongoPersistentEntityIndexCreator:  80 - Analyzing class class org.spring.example.Person for index information.
10:01:32,265 DEBUG ramework.data.mongodb.core.MongoTemplate: 631 - insert DBObject containing fields: [_class, age, name] in collection: Person
10:01:32,765 DEBUG ramework.data.mongodb.core.MongoTemplate:1243 - findOne using query: { "name" : "Joe"} in db.collection: database.Person
10:01:32,953  INFO      org.spring.mongodb.example.MongoApp:  25 - Person [id=4ddbba3c0be56b7e1b210166, name=Joe, age=34]
10:01:32,984 DEBUG ramework.data.mongodb.core.MongoTemplate: 375 - Dropped collection [database.person]

Even in this simple example, there are few things to take notice of

  • You can instantiate the central helper class of Spring Mongo, MongoTemplate, using the standard com.mongodb.Mongo object and the name of the database to use.

  • The mapper works against standard POJO objects without the need for any additional metadata (though you can optionally provide that information. See here.).

  • Conventions are used for handling the id field, converting it to be a ObjectId when stored in the database.

  • Mapping conventions can use field access. Notice the Person class has only getters.

  • If the constructor argument names match the field names of the stored document, they will be used to instantiate the object

6.2. Examples Repository

There is an github repository with several examples that you can download and play around with to get a feel for how the library works.

6.3. Connecting to MongoDB with Spring

One of the first tasks when using MongoDB and Spring is to create a com.mongodb.Mongo object using the IoC container. There are two main ways to do this, either using Java based bean metadata or XML based bean metadata. These are discussed in the following sections.

For those not familiar with how to configure the Spring container using Java based bean metadata instead of XML based metadata see the high level introduction in the reference docs here as well as the detailed documentationhttp://docs.spring.io/spring/docs/3.2.x/spring-framework-reference/html/beans.html#beans-java-instantiating-container[ here].

6.3.1. Registering a Mongo instance using Java based metadata

An example of using Java based bean metadata to register an instance of a com.mongodb.Mongo is shown below

Example 1. Registering a com.mongodb.Mongo object using Java based bean metadata
@Configuration
public class AppConfig {

  /*
   * Use the standard Mongo driver API to create a com.mongodb.Mongo instance.
   */
   public @Bean Mongo mongo() throws UnknownHostException {
       return new Mongo("localhost");
   }
}

This approach allows you to use the standard com.mongodb.Mongo API that you may already be used to using but also pollutes the code with the UnknownHostException checked exception. The use of the checked exception is not desirable as Java based bean metadata uses methods as a means to set object dependencies, making the calling code cluttered.

An alternative is to register an instance of com.mongodb.Mongo instance with the container using Spring’s` MongoFactoryBean`. As compared to instantiating a com.mongodb.Mongo instance directly, the FactoryBean approach does not throw a checked exception and has the added advantage of also providing the container with an ExceptionTranslator implementation that translates MongoDB exceptions to exceptions in Spring’s portable DataAccessException hierarchy for data access classes annoated with the @Repository annotation. This hierarchy and use of @Repository is described in Spring’s DAO support features.

An example of a Java based bean metadata that supports exception translation on @Repository annotated classes is shown below:

Example 2. Registering a com.mongodb.Mongo object using Spring’s MongoFactoryBean and enabling Spring’s exception translation support
@Configuration
public class AppConfig {

    /*
     * Factory bean that creates the com.mongodb.Mongo instance
     */
     public @Bean MongoFactoryBean mongo() {
          MongoFactoryBean mongo = new MongoFactoryBean();
          mongo.setHost("localhost");
          return mongo;
     }
}

To access the com.mongodb.Mongo object created by the MongoFactoryBean in other @Configuration or your own classes, use a “private @Autowired Mongo mongo;” field.

6.3.2. Registering a Mongo instance using XML based metadata

While you can use Spring’s traditional <beans/> XML namespace to register an instance of com.mongodb.Mongo with the container, the XML can be quite verbose as it is general purpose. XML namespaces are a better alternative to configuring commonly used objects such as the Mongo instance. The mongo namespace alows you to create a Mongo instance server location, replica-sets, and options.

To use the Mongo namespace elements you will need to reference the Mongo schema:

Example 3. XML schema to configure MongoDB
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<beans xmlns="http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans"
          xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"
          xmlns:context="http://www.springframework.org/schema/context"
          xmlns:mongo="http://www.springframework.org/schema/data/mongo"
          xsi:schemaLocation=
          "http://www.springframework.org/schema/context
          http://www.springframework.org/schema/context/spring-context-3.0.xsd
          *http://www.springframework.org/schema/data/mongo http://www.springframework.org/schema/data/mongo/spring-mongo-1.0.xsd*
          http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans
          http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans/spring-beans-3.0.xsd">

    <!-- Default bean name is 'mongo' -->
    *<mongo:mongo host="localhost" port="27017"/>*

</beans>

A more advanced configuration with MongoOptions is shown below (note these are not recommended values)

Example 4. XML schema to configure a com.mongodb.Mongo object with MongoOptions
<beans>

  <mongo:mongo host="localhost" port="27017">
    <mongo:options connections-per-host="8"
                   threads-allowed-to-block-for-connection-multiplier="4"
                   connect-timeout="1000"
                   max-wait-time="1500}"
                   auto-connect-retry="true"
                   socket-keep-alive="true"
                   socket-timeout="1500"
                   slave-ok="true"
                   write-number="1"
                   write-timeout="0"
                   write-fsync="true"/>
  </mongo:mongo/>

</beans>

A configuration using replica sets is shown below.

Example 5. XML schema to configure com.mongodb.Mongo object with Replica Sets
<mongo:mongo id="replicaSetMongo" replica-set="127.0.0.1:27017,localhost:27018"/>

6.3.3. The MongoDbFactory interface

While com.mongodb.Mongo is the entry point to the MongoDB driver API, connecting to a specific MongoDB database instance requires additional information such as the database name and an optional username and password. With that information you can obtain a com.mongodb.DB object and access all the functionality of a specific MongoDB database instance. Spring provides the org.springframework.data.mongodb.core.MongoDbFactory interface shown below to bootstrap connectivity to the database.

public interface MongoDbFactory {

  DB getDb() throws DataAccessException;

  DB getDb(String dbName) throws DataAccessException;
}

The following sections show how you can use the container with either Java or the XML based metadata to configure an instance of the MongoDbFactory interface. In turn, you can use the MongoDbFactory instance to configure MongoTemplate.

The class org.springframework.data.mongodb.core.SimpleMongoDbFactory provides implements the MongoDbFactory interface and is created with a standard com.mongodb.Mongo instance, the database name and an optional org.springframework.data.authentication.UserCredentials constructor argument.

Instead of using the IoC container to create an instance of MongoTemplate, you can just use them in standard Java code as shown below.

public class MongoApp {

  private static final Log log = LogFactory.getLog(MongoApp.class);

  public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {

    MongoOperations mongoOps = new MongoTemplate(*new SimpleMongoDbFactory(new Mongo(), "database")*);

    mongoOps.insert(new Person("Joe", 34));

    log.info(mongoOps.findOne(new Query(where("name").is("Joe")), Person.class));

    mongoOps.dropCollection("person");
  }
}

The code in bold highlights the use of SimpleMongoDbFactory and is the only difference between the listing shown in the getting started section.

6.3.4. Registering a MongoDbFactory instance using Java based metadata

To register a MongoDbFactory instance with the container, you write code much like what was highlighted in the previous code listing. A simple example is shown below

@Configuration
public class MongoConfiguration {

  public @Bean MongoDbFactory mongoDbFactory() throws Exception {
    return new SimpleMongoDbFactory(new Mongo(), "database");
  }
}

To define the username and password create an instance of org.springframework.data.authentication.UserCredentials and pass it into the constructor as shown below. This listing also shows using MongoDbFactory register an instance of MongoTemplate with the container.

@Configuration
public class MongoConfiguration {

  public @Bean MongoDbFactory mongoDbFactory() throws Exception {
    UserCredentials userCredentials = new UserCredentials("joe", "secret");
    return new SimpleMongoDbFactory(new Mongo(), "database", userCredentials);
  }

  public @Bean MongoTemplate mongoTemplate() throws Exception {
    return new MongoTemplate(mongoDbFactory());
  }
}

6.3.5. Registering a MongoDbFactory instance using XML based metadata

The mongo namespace provides a convient way to create a SimpleMongoDbFactory as compared to using the`<beans/>` namespace. Simple usage is shown below

<mongo:db-factory dbname="database">

In the above example a com.mongodb.Mongo instance is created using the default host and port number. The SimpleMongoDbFactory registered with the container is identified by the id 'mongoDbFactory' unless a value for the id attribute is specified.

You can also provide the host and port for the underlying com.mongodb.Mongo instance as shown below, in addition to username and password for the database.

<mongo:db-factory id="anotherMongoDbFactory"
                  host="localhost"
                  port="27017"
                  dbname="database"
                  username="joe"
                  password="secret"/>

If you need to configure additional options on the com.mongodb.Mongo instance that is used to create a SimpleMongoDbFactory you can refer to an existing bean using the mongo-ref attribute as shown below. To show another common usage pattern, this listing show the use of a property placeholder to parameterise the configuration and creating MongoTemplate.

<context:property-placeholder location="classpath:/com/myapp/mongodb/config/mongo.properties"/>

<mongo:mongo host="${mongo.host}" port="${mongo.port}">
  <mongo:options
     connections-per-host="${mongo.connectionsPerHost}"
     threads-allowed-to-block-for-connection-multiplier="${mongo.threadsAllowedToBlockForConnectionMultiplier}"
     connect-timeout="${mongo.connectTimeout}"
     max-wait-time="${mongo.maxWaitTime}"
     auto-connect-retry="${mongo.autoConnectRetry}"
     socket-keep-alive="${mongo.socketKeepAlive}"
     socket-timeout="${mongo.socketTimeout}"
     slave-ok="${mongo.slaveOk}"
     write-number="1"
     write-timeout="0"
     write-fsync="true"/>
</mongo:mongo>

<mongo:db-factory dbname="database" mongo-ref="mongo"/>

<bean id="anotherMongoTemplate" class="org.springframework.data.mongodb.core.MongoTemplate">
  <constructor-arg name="mongoDbFactory" ref="mongoDbFactory"/>
</bean>

6.4. General auditing configuration

Activating auditing functionality is just a matter of adding the Spring Data Mongo auditing namespace element to your configuration:

Example 6. Activating auditing using XML configuration
<mongo:auditing mapping-context-ref="customMappingContext" auditor-aware-ref="yourAuditorAwareImpl"/>

Since Spring Data MongoDB 1.4 auditing can be enabled by annotating a configuration class with the @EnableMongoAuditing annotation.

Example 7. Activating auditing using JavaConfig
@Configuration
@EnableMongoAuditing
class Config {

  @Bean
  public AuditorAware<AuditableUser> myAuditorProvider() {
      return new AuditorAwareImpl();
  }
}

If you expose a bean of type AuditorAware to the ApplicationContext, the auditing infrastructure will pick it up automatically and use it to determine the current user to be set on domain types. If you have multiple implementations registered in the ApplicationContext, you can select the one to be used by explicitly setting the auditorAwareRef attribute of @EnableJpaAuditing.

6.5. Introduction to MongoTemplate

The class MongoTemplate, located in the package org.springframework.data.document.mongodb, is the central class of the Spring’s MongoDB support providing a rich feature set to interact with the database. The template offers convenience operations to create, update, delete and query for MongoDB documents and provides a mapping between your domain objects and MongoDB documents.

Once configured, MongoTemplate is thread-safe and can be reused across multiple instances.

The mapping between MongoDB documents and domain classes is done by delegating to an implementation of the interface MongoConverter. Spring provides two implementations, SimpleMappingConverter and MongoMappingConverter, but you can also write your own converter. Please refer to the section on MongoConverters for more detailed information.

The MongoTemplate class implements the interface MongoOperations. In as much as possible, the methods on MongoOperations are named after methods available on the MongoDB driver Collection object as as to make the API familiar to existing MongoDB developers who are used to the driver API. For example, you will find methods such as "find", "findAndModify", "findOne", "insert", "remove", "save", "update" and "updateMulti". The design goal was to make it as easy as possible to transition between the use of the base MongoDB driver and MongoOperations. A major difference in between the two APIs is that MongoOperations can be passed domain objects instead of DBObject and there are fluent APIs for Query, Criteria, and Update operations instead of populating a DBObject to specify the parameters for those operations.

The preferred way to reference the operations on MongoTemplate instance is via its interface MongoOperations.

The default converter implementation used by MongoTemplate is MongoMappingConverter. While the MongoMappingConverter can make use of additional metadata to specify the mapping of objects to documents it is also capable of converting objects that contain no additional metadata by using some conventions for the mapping of IDs and collection names. These conventions as well as the use of mapping annotations is explained in the Mapping chapter.

In the M2 release SimpleMappingConverter, was the default and this class is now deprecated as its functionality has been subsumed by the MongoMappingConverter.

Another central feature of MongoTemplate is exception translation of exceptions thrown in the MongoDB Java driver into Spring’s portable Data Access Exception hierarchy. Refer to the section on exception translation for more information.

While there are many convenience methods on MongoTemplate to help you easily perform common tasks if you should need to access the MongoDB driver API directly to access functionality not explicitly exposed by the MongoTemplate you can use one of several Execute callback methods to access underlying driver APIs. The execute callbacks will give you a reference to either a com.mongodb.Collection or a com.mongodb.DB object. Please see the section mongo.executioncallback[Execution Callbacks] for more information.

Now let’s look at a examples of how to work with the MongoTemplate in the context of the Spring container.

6.5.1. Instantiating MongoTemplate

You can use Java to create and register an instance of MongoTemplate as shown below.

Example 8. Registering a com.mongodb.Mongo object and enabling Spring’s exception translation support
@Configuration
public class AppConfig {

  public @Bean Mongo mongo() throws Exception {
      return new Mongo("localhost");
  }

  public @Bean MongoTemplate mongoTemplate() throws Exception {
      return new MongoTemplate(mongo(), "mydatabase");
  }
}

There are several overloaded constructors of MongoTemplate. These are

  • MongoTemplate(Mongo mongo, String databaseName) - takes the com.mongodb.Mongo object and the default database name to operate against.

  • MongoTemplate(Mongo mongo, String databaseName, UserCredentials userCredentials) - adds the username and password for authenticating with the database.

  • MongoTemplate(MongoDbFactory mongoDbFactory) - takes a MongoDbFactory object that encapsulated the com.mongodb.Mongo object, database name, and username and password.

  • MongoTemplate(MongoDbFactory mongoDbFactory, MongoConverter mongoConverter) - adds a MongoConverter to use for mapping.

You can also configure a MongoTemplate using Spring’s XML <beans/> schema.

<mongo:mongo host="localhost" port="27017"/>

<bean id="mongoTemplate" class="org.springframework.data.mongodb.core.MongoTemplate">
  <constructor-arg ref="mongo"/>
  <constructor-arg name="databaseName" value="geospatial"/>
</bean>

Other optional properties that you might like to set when creating a MongoTemplate are the default WriteResultCheckingPolicy, WriteConcern, and ReadPreference.

The preferred way to reference the operations on MongoTemplate instance is via its interface MongoOperations.

6.5.2. WriteResultChecking Policy

When in development it is very handy to either log or throw an exception if the com.mongodb.WriteResult returned from any MongoDB operation contains an error. It is quite common to forget to do this during development and then end up with an application that looks like it runs successfully but in fact the database was not modified according to your expectations. Set MongoTemplate’s property to an enum with the following values, LOG, EXCEPTION, or NONE to either log the error, throw and exception or do nothing. The default is to use a WriteResultChecking value of NONE.

6.5.3. WriteConcern

You can set the com.mongodb.WriteConcern property that the MongoTemplate will use for write operations if it has not yet been specified via the driver at a higher level such as com.mongodb.Mongo. If MongoTemplate’s WriteConcern property is not set it will default to the one set in the MongoDB driver’s DB or Collection setting.

6.5.4. WriteConcernResolver

For more advanced cases where you want to set different WriteConcern values on a per-operation basis (for remove, update, insert and save operations), a strategy interface called WriteConcernResolver can be configured on MongoTemplate. Since MongoTemplate is used to persist POJOs, the WriteConcernResolver lets you create a policy that can map a specific POJO class to a WriteConcern value. The WriteConcernResolver interface is shown below.

public interface WriteConcernResolver {
  WriteConcern resolve(MongoAction action);
}

The passed in argument, MongoAction, is what you use to determine the WriteConcern value to be used or to use the value of the Template itself as a default. MongoAction contains the collection name being written to, the java.lang.Class of the POJO, the converted DBObject, as well as the operation as an enumeration (MongoActionOperation: REMOVE, UPDATE, INSERT, INSERT_LIST, SAVE) and a few other pieces of contextual information. For example,

private class MyAppWriteConcernResolver implements WriteConcernResolver {

  public WriteConcern resolve(MongoAction action) {
    if (action.getEntityClass().getSimpleName().contains("Audit")) {
      return WriteConcern.NONE;
    } else if (action.getEntityClass().getSimpleName().contains("Metadata")) {
      return WriteConcern.JOURNAL_SAFE;
    }
    return action.getDefaultWriteConcern();
  }
}

6.6. Saving, Updating, and Removing Documents

MongoTemplate provides a simple way for you to save, update, and delete your domain objects and map those objects to documents stored in MongoDB.

Given a simple class such as Person

public class Person {

  private String id;
  private String name;
  private int age;

  public Person(String name, int age) {
    this.name = name;
    this.age = age;
  }

  public String getId() {
    return id;
  }
  public String getName() {
    return name;
  }
  public int getAge() {
    return age;
  }

  @Override
  public String toString() {
    return "Person [id=" + id + ", name=" + name + ", age=" + age + "]";
  }

}

You can save, update and delete the object as shown below.

MongoOperations is the interface that MongoTemplate implements.
package org.spring.example;

import static org.springframework.data.mongodb.core.query.Criteria.where;
import static org.springframework.data.mongodb.core.query.Update.update;
import static org.springframework.data.mongodb.core.query.Query.query;

import java.util.List;

import org.apache.commons.logging.Log;
import org.apache.commons.logging.LogFactory;
import org.springframework.data.mongodb.core.MongoOperations;
import org.springframework.data.mongodb.core.MongoTemplate;
import org.springframework.data.mongodb.core.SimpleMongoDbFactory;

import com.mongodb.Mongo;

public class MongoApp {

  private static final Log log = LogFactory.getLog(MongoApp.class);

  public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {

    MongoOperations mongoOps = new MongoTemplate(new SimpleMongoDbFactory(new Mongo(), "database"));

    Person p = new Person("Joe", 34);

    // Insert is used to initially store the object into the database.
    mongoOps.insert(p);
    log.info("Insert: " + p);

    // Find
    p = mongoOps.findById(p.getId(), Person.class);
    log.info("Found: " + p);

    // Update
    mongoOps.updateFirst(query(where("name").is("Joe")), update("age", 35), Person.class);
    p = mongoOps.findOne(query(where("name").is("Joe")), Person.class);
    log.info("Updated: " + p);

    // Delete
    mongoOps.remove(p);

    // Check that deletion worked
    List<Person> people =  mongoOps.findAll(Person.class);
    log.info("Number of people = : " + people.size());


    mongoOps.dropCollection(Person.class);
  }
}

This would produce the following log output (including debug messages from MongoTemplate itself)

DEBUG apping.MongoPersistentEntityIndexCreator:  80 - Analyzing class class org.spring.example.Person for index information.
DEBUG work.data.mongodb.core.MongoTemplate: 632 - insert DBObject containing fields: [_class, age, name] in collection: person
INFO               org.spring.example.MongoApp:  30 - Insert: Person [id=4ddc6e784ce5b1eba3ceaf5c, name=Joe, age=34]
DEBUG work.data.mongodb.core.MongoTemplate:1246 - findOne using query: { "_id" : { "$oid" : "4ddc6e784ce5b1eba3ceaf5c"}} in db.collection: database.person
INFO               org.spring.example.MongoApp:  34 - Found: Person [id=4ddc6e784ce5b1eba3ceaf5c, name=Joe, age=34]
DEBUG work.data.mongodb.core.MongoTemplate: 778 - calling update using query: { "name" : "Joe"} and update: { "$set" : { "age" : 35}} in collection: person
DEBUG work.data.mongodb.core.MongoTemplate:1246 - findOne using query: { "name" : "Joe"} in db.collection: database.person
INFO               org.spring.example.MongoApp:  39 - Updated: Person [id=4ddc6e784ce5b1eba3ceaf5c, name=Joe, age=35]
DEBUG work.data.mongodb.core.MongoTemplate: 823 - remove using query: { "id" : "4ddc6e784ce5b1eba3ceaf5c"} in collection: person
INFO               org.spring.example.MongoApp:  46 - Number of people = : 0
DEBUG work.data.mongodb.core.MongoTemplate: 376 - Dropped collection [database.person]

There was implicit conversion using the MongoConverter between a String and ObjectId as stored in the database and recognizing a convention of the property "Id" name.

This example is meant to show the use of save, update and remove operations on MongoTemplate and not to show complex mapping functionality

The query syntax used in the example is explained in more detail in the section Querying Documents.

6.6.1. How the '_id' field is handled in the mapping layer

MongoDB requires that you have an '_id' field for all documents. If you don’t provide one the driver will assign a ObjectId with a generated value. When using the MongoMappingConverter there are certain rules that govern how properties from the Java class is mapped to this '_id' field.

The following outlines what property will be mapped to the '_id' document field:

  • A property or field annotated with @Id (org.springframework.data.annotation.Id) will be mapped to the '_id' field.

  • A property or field without an annotation but named id will be mapped to the '_id' field.

The following outlines what type conversion, if any, will be done on the property mapped to the _id document field when using the MappingMongoConverter, the default for MongoTemplate.

  • An id property or field declared as a String in the Java class will be converted to and stored as an ObjectId if possible using a Spring Converter<String, ObjectId>. Valid conversion rules are delegated to the MongoDB Java driver. If it cannot be converted to an ObjectId, then the value will be stored as a string in the database.

  • An id property or field declared as BigInteger in the Java class will be converted to and stored as an ObjectId using a Spring Converter<BigInteger, ObjectId>.

If no field or property specified above is present in the Java class then an implicit '_id' file will be generated by the driver but not mapped to a property or field of the Java class.

When querying and updating MongoTemplate will use the converter to handle conversions of the Query and Update objects that correspond to the above rules for saving documents so field names and types used in your queries will be able to match what is in your domain classes.

6.6.2. Type mapping

As MongoDB collections can contain documents that represent instances of a variety of types. A great example here is if you store a hierarchy of classes or simply have a class with a property of type Object. In the latter case the values held inside that property have to be read in correctly when retrieving the object. Thus we need a mechanism to store type information alongside the actual document.

To achieve that the MappingMongoConverter uses a MongoTypeMapper abstraction with DefaultMongoTypeMapper as it’s main implementation. It’s default behaviour is storing the fully qualified classname under _class inside the document for the top-level document as well as for every value if it’s a complex type and a subtype of the property type declared.

Example 9. Type mapping
public class Sample {
  Contact value;
}

public abstract class Contact { … }

public class Person extends Contact { … }

Sample sample = new Sample();
sample.value = new Person();

mongoTemplate.save(sample);

{ "_class" : "com.acme.Sample",
  "value" : { "_class" : "com.acme.Person" }
}

As you can see we store the type information for the actual root class persistent as well as for the nested type as it is complex and a subtype of Contact. So if you’re now using mongoTemplate.findAll(Object.class, "sample") we are able to find out that the document stored shall be a Sample instance. We are also able to find out that the value property shall be a Person actually.

Customizing type mapping

In case you want to avoid writing the entire Java class name as type information but rather like to use some key you can use the @TypeAlias annotation at the entity class being persisted. If you need to customize the mapping even more have a look at the TypeInformationMapper interface. An instance of that interface can be configured at the DefaultMongoTypeMapper which can be configured in turn on MappingMongoConverter.

Example 10. Defining a TypeAlias for an Entity
@TypeAlias("pers")
class Person {

}

Note that the resulting document will contain "pers" as the value in the _class Field.

Configuring custom type mapping

The following example demonstrates how to configure a custom MongoTypeMapper in MappingMongoConverter.

Example 11. Configuring a custom MongoTypeMapper via Spring Java Config
class CustomMongoTypeMapper extends DefaultMongoTypeMapper {
  //implement custom type mapping here
}
@Configuration
class SampleMongoConfiguration extends AbstractMongoConfiguration {

  @Override
  protected String getDatabaseName() {
    return "database";
  }

  @Override
  public Mongo mongo() throws Exception {
    return new Mongo();
  }

  @Bean
  @Override
  public MappingMongoConverter mappingMongoConverter() throws Exception {
    MappingMongoConverter mmc = super.mappingMongoConverter();
    mmc.setTypeMapper(customTypeMapper());
    return mmc;
  }

  @Bean
  public MongoTypeMapper customTypeMapper() {
    return new CustomMongoTypeMapper();
  }
}

Note that we are extending the AbstractMongoConfiguration class and override the bean definition of the MappingMongoConverter where we configure our custom MongoTypeMapper.

Example 12. Configuring a custom MongoTypeMapper via XML
<mongo:mapping-converter type-mapper-ref="customMongoTypeMapper"/>

<bean name="customMongoTypeMapper" class="com.bubu.mongo.CustomMongoTypeMapper"/>

6.6.3. Methods for saving and inserting documents

There are several convenient methods on MongoTemplate for saving and inserting your objects. To have more fine grained control over the conversion process you can register Spring converters with the MappingMongoConverter, for example Converter<Person, DBObject> and Converter<DBObject, Person>.

The difference between insert and save operations is that a save operation will perform an insert if the object is not already present.

The simple case of using the save operation is to save a POJO. In this case the collection name will be determined by name (not fully qualfied) of the class. You may also call the save operation with a specific collection name. The collection to store the object can be overriden using mapping metadata.

When inserting or saving, if the Id property is not set, the assumption is that its value will be auto-generated by the database. As such, for auto-generation of an ObjectId to succeed the type of the Id property/field in your class must be either a String, ObjectId, or BigInteger.

Here is a basic example of using the save operation and retrieving its contents.

Example 13. Inserting and retrieving documents using the MongoTemplate
import static org.springframework.data.mongodb.core.query.Criteria.where;
import static org.springframework.data.mongodb.core.query.Criteria.query;
…

Person p = new Person("Bob", 33);
mongoTemplate.insert(p);

Person qp = mongoTemplate.findOne(query(where("age").is(33)), Person.class);

The insert/save operations available to you are listed below.

  • void save (Object objectToSave) Save the object to the default collection.

  • void save (Object objectToSave, String collectionName) Save the object to the specified collection.

A similar set of insert operations is listed below

  • void insert (Object objectToSave) Insert the object to the default collection.

  • void insert (Object objectToSave, String collectionName) Insert the object to the specified collection.

Which collection will my documents be saved into?

There are two ways to manage the collection name that is used for operating on the documents. The default collection name that is used is the class name changed to start with a lower-case letter. So a com.test.Person class would be stored in the "person" collection. You can customize this by providing a different collection name using the @Document annotation. You can also override the collection name by providing your own collection name as the last parameter for the selected MongoTemplate method calls.

Inserting or saving individual objects

The MongoDB driver supports inserting a collection of documents in one operation. The methods in the MongoOperations interface that support this functionality are listed below

  • insert inserts an object. If there is an existing document with the same id then an error is generated.

  • insertAll takes a `Collection `of objects as the first parameter. This method inspects each object and inserts it to the appropriate collection based on the rules specified above.

  • save saves the object overwriting any object that might exist with the same id.

Inserting several objects in a batch

The MongoDB driver supports inserting a collection of documents in one operation. The methods in the MongoOperations interface that support this functionality are listed below

  • insert` methods that take a Collection as the first argument. This inserts a list of objects in a single batch write to the database.

6.6.4. Updating documents in a collection

For updates we can elect to update the first document found using MongoOperation’s method `updateFirst or we can update all documents that were found to match the query using the method updateMulti. Here is an example of an update of all SAVINGS accounts where we are adding a one time $50.00 bonus to the balance using the $inc operator.

Example 14. Updating documents using the MongoTemplate
import static org.springframework.data.mongodb.core.query.Criteria.where;
import static org.springframework.data.mongodb.core.query.Query;
import static org.springframework.data.mongodb.core.query.Update;

...

WriteResult wr = mongoTemplate.updateMulti(new Query(where("accounts.accountType").is(Account.Type.SAVINGS)),
  new Update().inc("accounts.$.balance", 50.00), Account.class);

In addition to the Query discussed above we provide the update definition using an Update object. The Update class has methods that match the update modifiers available for MongoDB.

As you can see most methods return the Update object to provide a fluent style for the API.

Methods for executing updates for documents
  • updateFirst Updates the first document that matches the query document criteria with the provided updated document.

  • updateMulti Updates all objects that match the query document criteria with the provided updated document.

Methods for the Update class

The Update class can be used with a little 'syntax sugar' as its methods are meant to be chained together and you can kick-start the creation of a new Update instance via the static method public static Update update(String key, Object value) and using static imports.

Here is a listing of methods on the Update class

  • Update addToSet (String key, Object value) ` Update using the `$addToSet update modifier

  • Update inc (String key, Number inc) Update using the $inc update modifier

  • Update pop (String key, Update.Position pos) Update using the $pop update modifier

  • Update pull (String key, Object value) Update using the $pull update modifier

  • Update pullAll (String key, Object[] values) Update using the $pullAll update modifier

  • Update push (String key, Object value) ` Update using the `$push update modifier

  • Update pushAll (String key, Object[] values) Update using the $pushAll update modifier

  • Update rename (String oldName, String newName) Update using the $rename update modifier

  • Update set (String key, Object value) Update using the $set update modifier

  • Update unset (String key) Update using the $unset update modifier

6.6.5. Upserting documents in a collection

Related to performing an updateFirst operations, you can also perform an upsert operation which will perform an insert if no document is found that matches the query. The document that is inserted is a combination of the query document and the update document. Here is an example

template.upsert(query(where("ssn").is(1111).and("firstName").is("Joe").and("Fraizer").is("Update")), update("address", addr), Person.class);

6.6.6. Finding and Upserting documents in a collection

The findAndModify(…) method on DBCollection can update a document and return either the old or newly updated document in a single operation. MongoTemplate provides a findAndModify method that takes Query and Update classes and converts from DBObject to your POJOs. Here are the methods

<T> T findAndModify(Query query, Update update, Class<T> entityClass);

<T> T findAndModify(Query query, Update update, Class<T> entityClass, String collectionName);

<T> T findAndModify(Query query, Update update, FindAndModifyOptions options, Class<T> entityClass);

<T> T findAndModify(Query query, Update update, FindAndModifyOptions options, Class<T> entityClass, String collectionName);

As an example usage, we will insert of few Person objects into the container and perform a simple findAndUpdate operation

mongoTemplate.insert(new Person("Tom", 21));
mongoTemplate.insert(new Person("Dick", 22));
mongoTemplate.insert(new Person("Harry", 23));

Query query = new Query(Criteria.where("firstName").is("Harry"));
Update update = new Update().inc("age", 1);
Person p = mongoTemplate.findAndModify(query, update, Person.class); // return's old person object

assertThat(p.getFirstName(), is("Harry"));
assertThat(p.getAge(), is(23));
p = mongoTemplate.findOne(query, Person.class);
assertThat(p.getAge(), is(24));

// Now return the newly updated document when updating
p = template.findAndModify(query, update, new FindAndModifyOptions().returnNew(true), Person.class);
assertThat(p.getAge(), is(25));

The FindAndModifyOptions lets you set the options of returnNew, upsert, and remove. An example extending off the previous code snippit is shown below

Query query2 = new Query(Criteria.where("firstName").is("Mary"));
p = mongoTemplate.findAndModify(query2, update, new FindAndModifyOptions().returnNew(true).upsert(true), Person.class);
assertThat(p.getFirstName(), is("Mary"));
assertThat(p.getAge(), is(1));

6.6.7. Methods for removing documents

You can use several overloaded methods to remove an object from the database.

  • remove Remove the given document based on one of the following: a specific object instance, a query document criteria combined with a class or a query document criteria combined with a specific collection name.

6.7. Querying Documents

You can express your queries using the Query and Criteria classes which have method names that mirror the native MongoDB operator names such as lt, lte, is, and others. The Query and Criteria classes follow a fluent API style so that you can easily chain together multiple method criteria and queries while having easy to understand code. Static imports in Java are used to help remove the need to see the 'new' keyword for creating Query and Criteria instances so as to improve readability. If you like to create Query instances from a plain JSON String use BasicQuery.

Example 15. Creating a Query instance from a plain JSON String
BasicQuery query = new BasicQuery("{ age : { $lt : 50 }, accounts.balance : { $gt : 1000.00 }}");
List<Person> result = mongoTemplate.find(query, Person.class);

GeoSpatial queries are also supported and are described more in the section GeoSpatial Queries.

Map-Reduce operations are also supported and are described more in the section Map-Reduce.

6.7.1. Querying documents in a collection

We saw how to retrieve a single document using the findOne and findById methods on MongoTemplate in previous sections which return a single domain object. We can also query for a collection of documents to be returned as a list of domain objects. Assuming that we have a number of Person objects with name and age stored as documents in a collection and that each person has an embedded account document with a balance. We can now run a query using the following code.

Example 16. Querying for documents using the MongoTemplate
import static org.springframework.data.mongodb.core.query.Criteria.where;
import static org.springframework.data.mongodb.core.query.Query.query;

…

List<Person> result = mongoTemplate.find(query(where("age").lt(50)
  .and("accounts.balance").gt(1000.00d)), Person.class);

All find methods take a Query object as a parameter. This object defines the criteria and options used to perform the query. The criteria is specified using a Criteria object that has a static factory method named where used to instantiate a new Criteria object. We recommend using a static import for org.springframework.data.mongodb.core.query.Criteria.where and Query.query to make the query more readable.

This query should return a list of Person objects that meet the specified criteria. The Criteria class has the following methods that correspond to the operators provided in MongoDB.

As you can see most methods return the Criteria object to provide a fluent style for the API.

Methods for the Criteria class
  • Criteria all (Object o) Creates a criterion using the $all operator

  • Criteria and (String key) Adds a chained Criteria with the specified key to the current Criteria and returns the newly created one

  • Criteria andOperator (Criteria…​ criteria) Creates an and query using the $and operator for all of the provided criteria (requires MongoDB 2.0 or later)

  • Criteria elemMatch (Criteria c) Creates a criterion using the $elemMatch operator

  • Criteria exists (boolean b) Creates a criterion using the $exists operator

  • Criteria gt (Object o) Creates a criterion using the $gt operator

  • Criteria gte (Object o) Creates a criterion using the $gte operator

  • Criteria in (Object…​ o) Creates a criterion using the $in operator for a varargs argument.

  • Criteria in (Collection<?> collection) Creates a criterion using the $in operator using a collection

  • Criteria is (Object o) Creates a criterion using the $is operator

  • Criteria lt (Object o) Creates a criterion using the $lt operator

  • Criteria lte (Object o) Creates a criterion using the $lte operator

  • Criteria mod (Number value, Number remainder) Creates a criterion using the $mod operator

  • Criteria ne (Object o) Creates a criterion using the $ne operator

  • Criteria nin (Object…​ o) Creates a criterion using the $nin operator

  • Criteria norOperator (Criteria…​ criteria) Creates an nor query using the $nor operator for all of the provided criteria

  • Criteria not () Creates a criterion using the $not meta operator which affects the clause directly following

  • Criteria orOperator (Criteria…​ criteria) Creates an or query using the $or operator for all of the provided criteria

  • Criteria regex (String re) Creates a criterion using a $regex

  • Criteria size (int s) Creates a criterion using the $size operator

  • Criteria type (int t) Creates a criterion using the $type operator

There are also methods on the Criteria class for geospatial queries. Here is a listing but look at the section on GeoSpatial Queries to see them in action.

  • Criteria withinCenter (Circle circle) Creates a geospatial criterion using $within $center operators

  • Criteria withinCenterSphere (Circle circle) Creates a geospatial criterion using $within $center operators. This is only available for MongoDB 1.7 and higher.

  • Criteria withinBox (Box box) Creates a geospatial criterion using a $within $box operation ``

  • Criteria near (Point point) Creates a geospatial criterion using a `$near `operation

  • Criteria nearSphere (Point point) Creates a geospatial criterion using $nearSphere$center operations. This is only available for MongoDB 1.7 and higher.

  • Criteria maxDistance (double maxDistance) Creates a geospatial criterion using the $maxDistance operation, for use with $near.

The Query class has some additional methods used to provide options for the query.

Methods for the Query class
  • Query addCriteria (Criteria criteria) used to add additional criteria to the query

  • Field fields () used to define fields to be included in the query results

  • Query limit (int limit) used to limit the size of the returned results to the provided limit (used for paging)

  • Query skip (int skip) used to skip the provided number of documents in the results (used for paging)

  • Sort sort () used to provide sort definition for the results

6.7.2. Methods for querying for documents

The query methods need to specify the target type T that will be returned and they are also overloaded with an explicit collection name for queries that should operate on a collection other than the one indicated by the return type.

  • findAll Query for a list of objects of type T from the collection.

  • findOne Map the results of an ad-hoc query on the collection to a single instance of an object of the specified type.

  • findById Return an object of the given id and target class.

  • find Map the results of an ad-hoc query on the collection to a List of the specified type.

  • findAndRemove Map the results of an ad-hoc query on the collection to a single instance of an object of the specified type. The first document that matches the query is returned and also removed from the collection in the database.

6.7.3. GeoSpatial Queries

MongoDB supports GeoSpatial queries through the use of operators such as $near, $within, and $nearSphere. Methods specific to geospatial queries are available on the Criteria class. There are also a few shape classes, Box, Circle, and Point that are used in conjunction with geospatial related Criteria methods.

To understand how to perform GeoSpatial queries we will use the following Venue class taken from the integration tests.which relies on using the rich MappingMongoConverter.

@Document(collection="newyork")
public class Venue {

  @Id
  private String id;
  private String name;
  private double[] location;

  @PersistenceConstructor
  Venue(String name, double[] location) {
    super();
    this.name = name;
    this.location = location;
  }

  public Venue(String name, double x, double y) {
    super();
    this.name = name;
    this.location = new double[] { x, y };
  }

  public String getName() {
    return name;
  }

  public double[] getLocation() {
    return location;
  }

  @Override
  public String toString() {
    return "Venue [id=" + id + ", name=" + name + ", location="
        + Arrays.toString(location) + "]";
  }
}

To find locations within a Circle, the following query can be used.

Circle circle = new Circle(-73.99171, 40.738868, 0.01);
List<Venue> venues =
    template.find(new Query(Criteria.where("location").withinCenter(circle)), Venue.class);

To find venues within a Circle using spherical coordinates the following query can be used

Circle circle = new Circle(-73.99171, 40.738868, 0.003712240453784);
List<Venue> venues =
    template.find(new Query(Criteria.where("location").withinCenterSphere(circle)), Venue.class);

To find venues within a Box the following query can be used

//lower-left then upper-right
Box box = new Box(new Point(-73.99756, 40.73083), new Point(-73.988135, 40.741404));
List<Venue> venues =
    template.find(new Query(Criteria.where("location").withinBox(box)), Venue.class);

To find venues near a Point, the following query can be used

Point point = new Point(-73.99171, 40.738868);
List<Venue> venues =
    template.find(new Query(Criteria.where("location").near(point).maxDistance(0.01)), Venue.class);

To find venues near a Point using spherical coordines the following query can be used

Point point = new Point(-73.99171, 40.738868);
List<Venue> venues =
    template.find(new Query(
        Criteria.where("location").nearSphere(point).maxDistance(0.003712240453784)),
        Venue.class);
Geo near queries

MongoDB supports querying the database for geo locations and calculation the distance from a given origin at the very same time. With geo-near queries it’s possible to express queries like: "find all restaurants in the surrounding 10 miles". To do so MongoOperations provides geoNear(…) methods taking a NearQuery as argument as well as the already familiar entity type and collection

Point location = new Point(-73.99171, 40.738868);
NearQuery query = NearQuery.near(location).maxDistance(new Distance(10, Metrics.MILES));

GeoResults<Restaurant> = operations.geoNear(query, Restaurant.class);

As you can see we use the NearQuery builder API to set up a query to return all Restaurant instances surrounding the given Point by 10 miles maximum. The Metrics enum used here actually implements an interface so that other metrics could be plugged into a distance as well. A Metric is backed by a multiplier to transform the distance value of the given metric into native distances. The sample shown here would consider the 10 to be miles. Using one of the pre-built in metrics (miles and kilometers) will automatically trigger the spherical flag to be set on the query. If you want to avoid that, simply hand in plain double values into maxDistance(…). For more information see the JavaDoc of NearQuery and Distance.

The geo near operations return a GeoResults wrapper object that encapsulates GeoResult instances. The wrapping GeoResults allows to access the average distance of all results. A single GeoResult object simply carries the entity found plus its distance from the origin.

6.7.4. Full Text Queries

Since MongoDB 2.6 full text queries can be executed using the $text operator. Methods and operations specific for full text queries are available in TextQuery and TextCriteria. When doing full text search please refer to the MongoDB reference for its behavior and limitations.

Before we are actually able to use full text search we have to ensure to set up the search index correctly. Please refer to section Text Index for creating index structures.

db.foo.ensureIndex(
{
  title : "text",
  content : "text"
},
{
  weights : {
              title : 3
            }
}
)

A query searching for coffee cake, sorted by relevance according to the weights can be defined and executed as:

Query query = TextQuery.searching(new TextCriteria().matchingAny("coffee", "cake")).sortByScore();
List<Document> page = template.find(query, Document.class);

Exclusion of search terms can directly be done by prefixing the term with - or using notMatching

// search for 'coffee' and not 'cake'
TextQuery.searching(new TextCriteria().matching("coffee").matching("-cake"));
TextQuery.searching(new TextCriteria().matching("coffee").notMatching("cake"));

As TextCriteria.matching takes the provided term as is. Therefore phrases can be defined by putting them between double quotes (eg. \"coffee cake\") or using TextCriteria.phrase.

// search for phrase 'coffee cake'
TextQuery.searching(new TextCriteria().matching("\"coffee cake\""));
TextQuery.searching(new TextCriteria().phrase("coffee cake"));

6.8. Map-Reduce Operations

You can query MongoDB using Map-Reduce which is useful for batch processing, data aggregation, and for when the query language doesn’t fulfill your needs.

Spring provides integration with MongoDB’s map reduce by providing methods on MongoOperations to simplify the creation and execution of Map-Reduce operations. It can convert the results of a Map-Reduce operation to a POJO also integrates with Spring’s Resource abstraction abstraction. This will let you place your JavaScript files on the file system, classpath, http server or any other Spring Resource implementation and then reference the JavaScript resources via an easy URI style syntax, e.g. 'classpath:reduce.js;. Externalizing JavaScript code in files is often preferable to embedding them as Java strings in your code. Note that you can still pass JavaScript code as Java strings if you prefer.

6.8.1. Example Usage

To understand how to perform Map-Reduce operations an example from the book 'MongoDB - The definitive guide' is used. In this example we will create three documents that have the values [a,b], [b,c], and [c,d] respectfully. The values in each document are associated with the key 'x' as shown below. For this example assume these documents are in the collection named "jmr1".

{ "_id" : ObjectId("4e5ff893c0277826074ec533"), "x" : [ "a", "b" ] }
{ "_id" : ObjectId("4e5ff893c0277826074ec534"), "x" : [ "b", "c" ] }
{ "_id" : ObjectId("4e5ff893c0277826074ec535"), "x" : [ "c", "d" ] }

A map function that will count the occurrence of each letter in the array for each document is shown below

function () {
    for (var i = 0; i < this.x.length; i++) {
        emit(this.x[i], 1);
    }
}

The reduce function that will sum up the occurrence of each letter across all the documents is shown below

function (key, values) {
    var sum = 0;
    for (var i = 0; i < values.length; i++)
        sum += values[i];
    return sum;
}

Executing this will result in a collection as shown below.

{ "_id" : "a", "value" : 1 }
{ "_id" : "b", "value" : 2 }
{ "_id" : "c", "value" : 2 }
{ "_id" : "d", "value" : 1 }

Assuming that the map and reduce functions are located in map.js and reduce.js and bundled in your jar so they are available on the classpath, you can execute a map-reduce operation and obtain the results as shown below

MapReduceResults<ValueObject> results = mongoOperations.mapReduce("jmr1", "classpath:map.js", "classpath:reduce.js", ValueObject.class);
for (ValueObject valueObject : results) {
  System.out.println(valueObject);
}

The output of the above code is

ValueObject [id=a, value=1.0]
ValueObject [id=b, value=2.0]
ValueObject [id=c, value=2.0]
ValueObject [id=d, value=1.0]

The MapReduceResults class implements Iterable and provides access to the raw output, as well as timing and count statistics. The ValueObject class is simply

public class ValueObject {

  private String id;
  private float value;

  public String getId() {
    return id;
  }

  public float getValue() {
    return value;
  }

  public void setValue(float value) {
    this.value = value;
  }

  @Override
  public String toString() {
    return "ValueObject [id=" + id + ", value=" + value + "]";
  }
}

By default the output type of INLINE is used so you don’t have to specify an output collection. To specify additional map-reduce options use an overloaded method that takes an additional MapReduceOptions argument. The class MapReduceOptions has a fluent API so adding additional options can be done in a very compact syntax. Here an example that sets the output collection to "jmr1_out". Note that setting only the output collection assumes a default output type of REPLACE.

MapReduceResults<ValueObject> results = mongoOperations.mapReduce("jmr1", "classpath:map.js", "classpath:reduce.js",
                                                                     new MapReduceOptions().outputCollection("jmr1_out"), ValueObject.class);

There is also a static import import static org.springframework.data.mongodb.core.mapreduce.MapReduceOptions.options; that can be used to make the syntax slightly more compact

MapReduceResults<ValueObject> results = mongoOperations.mapReduce("jmr1", "classpath:map.js", "classpath:reduce.js",
                                                                     options().outputCollection("jmr1_out"), ValueObject.class);

You can also specify a query to reduce the set of data that will be used to feed into the map-reduce operation. This will remove the document that contains [a,b] from consideration for map-reduce operations.

Query query = new Query(where("x").ne(new String[] { "a", "b" }));
MapReduceResults<ValueObject> results = mongoOperations.mapReduce(query, "jmr1", "classpath:map.js", "classpath:reduce.js",
                                                                     options().outputCollection("jmr1_out"), ValueObject.class);

Note that you can specify additional limit and sort values as well on the query but not skip values.

6.9. Group Operations

As an alternative to using Map-Reduce to perform data aggregation, you can use the group operation which feels similar to using SQL’s group by query style, so it may feel more approachable vs. using Map-Reduce. Using the group operations does have some limitations, for example it is not supported in a shareded environment and it returns the full result set in a single BSON object, so the result should be small, less than 10,000 keys.

Spring provides integration with MongoDB’s group operation by providing methods on MongoOperations to simplify the creation and execution of group operations. It can convert the results of the group operation to a POJO and also integrates with Spring’s Resource abstraction abstraction. This will let you place your JavaScript files on the file system, classpath, http server or any other Spring Resource implementation and then reference the JavaScript resources via an easy URI style syntax, e.g. 'classpath:reduce.js;. Externalizing JavaScript code in files if often preferable to embedding them as Java strings in your code. Note that you can still pass JavaScript code as Java strings if you prefer.

6.9.1. Example Usage

In order to understand how group operations work the following example is used, which is somewhat artificial. For a more realistic example consult the book 'MongoDB - The definitive guide'. A collection named "group_test_collection" created with the following rows.

{ "_id" : ObjectId("4ec1d25d41421e2015da64f1"), "x" : 1 }
{ "_id" : ObjectId("4ec1d25d41421e2015da64f2"), "x" : 1 }
{ "_id" : ObjectId("4ec1d25d41421e2015da64f3"), "x" : 2 }
{ "_id" : ObjectId("4ec1d25d41421e2015da64f4"), "x" : 3 }
{ "_id" : ObjectId("4ec1d25d41421e2015da64f5"), "x" : 3 }
{ "_id" : ObjectId("4ec1d25d41421e2015da64f6"), "x" : 3 }

We would like to group by the only field in each row, the 'x' field and aggregate the number of times each specific value of 'x' occurs. To do this we need to create an initial document that contains our count variable and also a reduce function which will increment it each time it is encountered. The Java code to execute the group operation is shown below

GroupByResults<XObject> results = mongoTemplate.group("group_test_collection",
                                                      GroupBy.key("x").initialDocument("{ count: 0 }").reduceFunction("function(doc, prev) { prev.count += 1 }"),
                                                      XObject.class);

The first argument is the name of the collection to run the group operation over, the second is a fluent API that specifies properties of the group operation via a GroupBy class. In this example we are using just the intialDocument and reduceFunction methods. You can also specify a key-function, as well as a finalizer as part of the fluent API. If you have multiple keys to group by, you can pass in a comma separated list of keys.

The raw results of the group operation is a JSON document that looks like this

{
  "retval" : [ { "x" : 1.0 , "count" : 2.0} ,
               { "x" : 2.0 , "count" : 1.0} ,
               { "x" : 3.0 , "count" : 3.0} ] ,
  "count" : 6.0 ,
  "keys" : 3 ,
  "ok" : 1.0
}

The document under the "retval" field is mapped onto the third argument in the group method, in this case XObject which is shown below.

public class XObject {

  private float x;

  private float count;


  public float getX() {
    return x;
  }

  public void setX(float x) {
    this.x = x;
  }

  public float getCount() {
    return count;
  }

  public void setCount(float count) {
    this.count = count;
  }

  @Override
  public String toString() {
    return "XObject [x=" + x + " count = " + count + "]";
  }
}

You can also obtain the raw result as a DbObject by calling the method getRawResults on the GroupByResults class.

There is an additional method overload of the group method on MongoOperations which lets you specify a Criteria object for selecting a subset of the rows. An example which uses a Criteria object, with some syntax sugar using static imports, as well as referencing a key-function and reduce function javascript files via a Spring Resource string is shown below.

import static org.springframework.data.mongodb.core.mapreduce.GroupBy.keyFunction;
import static org.springframework.data.mongodb.core.query.Criteria.where;

GroupByResults<XObject> results = mongoTemplate.group(where("x").gt(0),
                                        "group_test_collection",
                                        keyFunction("classpath:keyFunction.js").initialDocument("{ count: 0 }").reduceFunction("classpath:groupReduce.js"), XObject.class);

6.10. Aggregation Framework Support

Spring Data MongoDB provides support for the Aggregation Framework introduced to MongoDB in version 2.2.

The MongoDB Documentation describes the Aggregation Framework as follows:

For further information see the full reference documentation of the aggregation framework and other data aggregation tools for MongoDB.

6.10.1. Basic Concepts

The Aggregation Framework support in Spring Data MongoDB is based on the following key abstractions Aggregation, AggregationOperation and AggregationResults.

  • Aggregation

    An Aggregation represents a MongoDB aggregate operation and holds the description of the aggregation pipline instructions. Aggregations are created by inoking the appropriate newAggregation(…) static factory Method of the Aggregation class which takes the list of AggregateOperation as a parameter next to the optional input class.

    The actual aggregate operation is executed by the aggregate method of the MongoTemplate which also takes the desired output class as parameter.

  • AggregationOperation

    An AggregationOperation represents a MongoDB aggregation pipeline operation and describes the processing that should be performed in this aggregation step. Although one could manually create an AggregationOperation the recommended way to construct an AggregateOperation is to use the static factory methods provided by the Aggregate class.

  • AggregationResults

    AggregationResults is the container for the result of an aggregate operation. It provides access to the raw aggregation result in the form of an DBObject, to the mapped objects and information which performed the aggregation.

    The canonical example for using the Spring Data MongoDB support for the MongoDB Aggregation Framework looks as follows:

import static org.springframework.data.mongodb.core.aggregation.Aggregation.*;

Aggregation agg = newAggregation(
    pipelineOP1(),
    pipelineOP2(),
    pipelineOPn()
);

AggregationResults<OutputType> results = mongoTemplate.aggregate(agg, "INPUT_COLLECTION_NAME", OutputType.class);
List<OutputType> mappedResult = results.getMappedResults();

Note that if you provide an input class as the first parameter to the newAggregation method the MongoTemplate will derive the name of the input collection from this class. Otherwise if you don’t not specify an input class you must provide the name of the input collection explicitly. If an input-class and an input-collection is provided the latter takes precedence.

6.10.2. Supported Aggregation Operations

The MongoDB Aggregation Framework provides the following types of Aggregation Operations:

  • Pipeline Aggregation Operators

  • Group Aggregation Operators

  • Boolean Aggregation Operators

  • Comparison Aggregation Operators

  • Arithmetic Aggregation Operators

  • String Aggregation Operators

  • Date Aggregation Operators

  • Conditional Aggregation Operators

At the time of this writing we provide support for the following Aggregation Operations in Spring Data MongoDB.

Table 1. Aggregation Operations currently supported by Spring Data MongoDB

Pipeline Aggregation Operators

project, skip, limit, unwind, group, sort, geoNear

Group Aggregation Operators

addToSet, first, last, max, min, avg, push, sum, (*count)

Arithmetic Aggregation Operators

add (*via plus), subtract (*via minus), multiply, divide, mod

Comparison Aggregation Operators

eq (*via: is), gt, gte, lt, lte, ne

Note that the aggregation operations not listed here are currently not supported by Spring Data MongoDB. Comparison aggregation operators are expressed as Criteria expressions.

*) The operation is mapped or added by Spring Data MongoDB.

6.10.3. Projection Expressions

Projection expressions are used to define the fields that are the outcome of a particular aggregation step. Projection expressions can be defined via the project method of the Aggregate class either by passing a list of String`s or an aggregation framework `Fields object. The projection can be extended with additional fields through a fluent API via the and(String) method and aliased via the as(String) method. Note that one can also define fields with aliases via the static factory method Fields.field of the aggregation framework that can then be used to construct a new Fields instance.

Example 17. Projection expression examples
project("name", "netPrice") // will generate {$project: {name: 1, netPrice: 1}}
project().and("foo").as("bar") // will generate {$project: {bar: $foo}}
project("a","b").and("foo").as("bar") // will generate {$project: {a: 1, b: 1, bar: $foo}}

Note that more examples for project operations can be found in the AggregationTests class.

Note that further details regarding the projection expressions can be found in the corresponding section of the MongoDB Aggregation Framework reference documentation.

Spring Expression Support in Projection Expressions

As of Version 1.4.0 we support the use of SpEL expression in projection expressions via the andExpression method of the ProjectionOperation class. This allows you to define the desired expression as a SpEL expression which is translated into a corresponding MongoDB projection expression part on query execution. This makes it much easier to express complex calculations.

Complex calculations with SpEL expressions

The following SpEL expression:

1 + (q + 1) / (q - 1)

will be translated into the following projection expression part:

{ "$add" : [ 1, {
    "$divide" : [ {
        "$add":["$q", 1]}, {
        "$subtract":[ "$q", 1]}
    ]
}]}

Have a look at an example in more context in Aggregation Framework Example 5 and Aggregation Framework Example 6. You can find more usage examples for supported SpEL expression constructs in SpelExpressionTransformerUnitTests.

Aggregation Framework Examples

The following examples demonstrate the usage patterns for the MongoDB Aggregation Framework with Spring Data MongoDB.

Aggregation Framework Example 1

In this introductory example we want to aggregate a list of tags to get the occurrence count of a particular tag from a MongoDB collection called "tags" sorted by the occurrence count in descending order. This example demonstrates the usage of grouping, sorting, projections (selection) and unwinding (result splitting).

class TagCount {
 String tag;
 int n;
}
import static org.springframework.data.mongodb.core.aggregation.Aggregation.*;

Aggregation agg = newAggregation(
    project("tags"),
    unwind("tags"),
    group("tags").count().as("n"),
    project("n").and("tag").previousOperation(),
    sort(DESC, "n")
);

AggregationResults<TagCount> results = mongoTemplate.aggregate(agg, "tags", TagCount.class);
List<TagCount> tagCount = results.getMappedResults();
  • In order to do this we first create a new aggregation via the newAggregation static factory method to which we pass a list of aggregation operations. These aggregate operations define the aggregation pipeline of our Aggregation.

  • As a second step we select the "tags" field (which is an array of strings) from the input collection with the project operation.

  • In a third step we use the unwind operation to generate a new document for each tag within the "tags" array.

  • In the forth step we use the group operation to define a group for each "tags"-value for which we aggregate the occurrence count via the count aggregation operator and collect the result in a new field called "n".

  • As a fifth step we select the field "n" and create an alias for the id-field generated from the previous group operation (hence the call to previousOperation()) with the name "tag".

  • As the sixth step we sort the resulting list of tags by their occurrence count in descending order via the sort operation.

  • Finally we call the aggregate Method on the MongoTemplate in order to let MongoDB perform the acutal aggregation operation with the created Aggregation as an argument.

Note that the input collection is explicitly specified as the "tags" parameter to the aggregate Method. If the name of the input collection is not specified explicitly, it is derived from the input-class passed as first parameter to the newAggreation Method.

Aggregation Framework Example 2

This example is based on the Largest and Smallest Cities by State example from the MongoDB Aggregation Framework documentation. We added additional sorting to produce stable results with different MongoDB versions. Here we want to return the smallest and largest cities by population for each state, using the aggregation framework. This example demonstrates the usage of grouping, sorting and projections (selection).

class ZipInfo {
   String id;
   String city;
   String state;
   @Field("pop") int population;
   @Field("loc") double[] location;
}

class City {
   String name;
   int population;
}

class ZipInfoStats {
   String id;
   String state;
   City biggestCity;
   City smallestCity;
}
import static org.springframework.data.mongodb.core.aggregation.Aggregation.*;

TypedAggregation<ZipInfo> aggregation = newAggregation(ZipInfo.class,
    group("state", "city")
       .sum("population").as("pop"),
    sort(ASC, "pop", "state", "city"),
    group("state")
       .last("city").as("biggestCity")
       .last("pop").as("biggestPop")
       .first("city").as("smallestCity")
       .first("pop").as("smallestPop"),
    project()
       .and("state").previousOperation()
       .and("biggestCity")
          .nested(bind("name", "biggestCity").and("population", "biggestPop"))
       .and("smallestCity")
          .nested(bind("name", "smallestCity").and("population", "smallestPop")),
    sort(ASC, "state")
);

AggregationResults<ZipInfoStats> result = mongoTemplate.aggregate(aggregation, ZipInfoStats.class);
ZipInfoStats firstZipInfoStats = result.getMappedResults().get(0);
  • The class ZipInfo maps the structure of the given input-collection. The class ZipInfoStats defines the structure in the desired output format.

  • As a first step we use the group operation to define a group from the input-collection. The grouping criteria is the combination of the fields "state" and "city" `which forms the id structure of the group. We aggregate the value of the `"population" property from the grouped elements with by using the sum operator saving the result in the field "pop".

  • In a second step we use the sort operation to sort the intermediate-result by the fields "pop", "state" and "city" in ascending order, such that the smallest city is at the top and the biggest city is at the bottom of the result. Note that the sorting on "state" and "city" is implicitly performed against the group id fields which Spring Data MongoDB took care of.

  • In the third step we use a group operation again to group the intermediate result by "state". Note that "state" again implicitly references an group-id field. We select the name and the population count of the biggest and smallest city with calls to the last(…) and first(…​) operator respectively via the project operation.

  • As the forth step we select the "state" field from the previous group operation. Note that "state" again implicitly references an group-id field. As we do not want an implicit generated id to appear, we exclude the id from the previous operation via and(previousOperation()).exclude(). As we want to populate the nested City structures in our output-class accordingly we have to emit appropriate sub-documents with the nested method.

  • Finally as the fifth step we sort the resulting list of StateStats by their state name in ascending order via the sort operation.

Note that we derive the name of the input-collection from the ZipInfo-class passed as first parameter to the newAggregation-Method.

Aggregation Framework Example 3

This example is based on the States with Populations Over 10 Million example from the MongoDB Aggregation Framework documentation. We added additional sorting to produce stable results with different MongoDB versions. Here we want to return all states with a population greater than 10 million, using the aggregation framework. This example demonstrates the usage of grouping, sorting and matching (filtering).

class StateStats {
   @Id String id;
   String state;
   @Field("totalPop") int totalPopulation;
}
import static org.springframework.data.mongodb.core.aggregation.Aggregation.*;

TypedAggregation<ZipInfo> agg = newAggregation(ZipInfo.class,
    group("state").sum("population").as("totalPop"),
    sort(ASC, previousOperation(), "totalPop"),
    match(where("totalPop").gte(10 * 1000 * 1000))
);

AggregationResults<StateStats> result = mongoTemplate.aggregate(agg, StateStats.class);
List<StateStats> stateStatsList = result.getMappedResults();
  • As a first step we group the input collection by the "state" field and calculate the sum of the "population" field and store the result in the new field "totalPop".

  • In the second step we sort the intermediate result by the id-reference of the previous group operation in addition to the "totalPop" field in ascending order.

  • Finally in the third step we filter the intermediate result by using a match operation which accepts a Criteria query as an argument.

Note that we derive the name of the input-collection from the ZipInfo-class passed as first parameter to the newAggregation-Method.

Aggregation Framework Example 4

This example demonstrates the use of simple arithmetic operations in the projection operation.

class Product {
    String id;
    String name;
    double netPrice;
    int spaceUnits;
}
import static org.springframework.data.mongodb.core.aggregation.Aggregation.*;

TypedAggregation<Product> agg = newAggregation(Product.class,
    project("name", "netPrice")
        .and("netPrice").plus(1).as("netPricePlus1")
        .and("netPrice").minus(1).as("netPriceMinus1")
        .and("netPrice").multiply(1.19).as("grossPrice")
        .and("netPrice").divide(2).as("netPriceDiv2")
        .and("spaceUnits").mod(2).as("spaceUnitsMod2")
);

AggregationResults<DBObject> result = mongoTemplate.aggregate(agg, DBObject.class);
List<DBObject> resultList = result.getMappedResults();

Note that we derive the name of the input-collection from the Product-class passed as first parameter to the newAggregation-Method.

Aggregation Framework Example 5

This example demonstrates the use of simple arithmetic operations derived from SpEL Expressions in the projection operation.

class Product {
    String id;
    String name;
    double netPrice;
    int spaceUnits;
}
import static org.springframework.data.mongodb.core.aggregation.Aggregation.*;

TypedAggregation<Product> agg = newAggregation(Product.class,
    project("name", "netPrice")
        .andExpression("netPrice + 1").as("netPricePlus1")
        .andExpression("netPrice - 1").as("netPriceMinus1")
        .andExpression("netPrice / 2").as("netPriceDiv2")
        .andExpression("netPrice * 1.19").as("grossPrice")
        .andExpression("spaceUnits % 2").as("spaceUnitsMod2")
        .andExpression("(netPrice * 0.8  + 1.2) * 1.19").as("grossPriceIncludingDiscountAndCharge")

);

AggregationResults<DBObject> result = mongoTemplate.aggregate(agg, DBObject.class);
List<DBObject> resultList = result.getMappedResults();
Aggregation Framework Example 6

This example demonstrates the use of complex arithmetic operations derived from SpEL Expressions in the projection operation.

Note: The additional parameters passed to the addExpression Method can be referenced via indexer expressions according to their position. In this example we reference the parameter which is the first parameter of the parameters array via [0]. External parameter expressions are replaced with their respective values when the SpEL expression is transformed into a MongoDB aggregation framework expression.

class Product {
    String id;
    String name;
    double netPrice;
    int spaceUnits;
}
import static org.springframework.data.mongodb.core.aggregation.Aggregation.*;

double shippingCosts = 1.2;

TypedAggregation<Product> agg = newAggregation(Product.class,
    project("name", "netPrice")
        .andExpression("(netPrice * (1-discountRate)  + [0]) * (1+taxRate)", shippingCosts).as("salesPrice")
);

AggregationResults<DBObject> result = mongoTemplate.aggregate(agg, DBObject.class);
List<DBObject> resultList = result.getMappedResults();

Note that we can also refer to other fields of the document within the SpEL expression.

6.11. Overriding default mapping with custom converters

In order to have more fine grained control over the mapping process you can register Spring converters with the MongoConverter implementations such as the MappingMongoConverter.

The MappingMongoConverter checks to see if there are any Spring converters that can handle a specific class before attempting to map the object itself. To 'hijack' the normal mapping strategies of the MappingMongoConverter, perhaps for increased performance or other custom mapping needs, you first need to create an implementation of the Spring Converter interface and then register it with the MappingConverter.

For more information on the Spring type conversion service see the reference docs here.

6.11.1. Saving using a registered Spring Converter

An example implementation of the Converter that converts from a Person object to a com.mongodb.DBObject is shown below

import org.springframework.core.convert.converter.Converter;

import com.mongodb.BasicDBObject;
import com.mongodb.DBObject;

public class PersonWriteConverter implements Converter<Person, DBObject> {

  public DBObject convert(Person source) {
    DBObject dbo = new BasicDBObject();
    dbo.put("_id", source.getId());
    dbo.put("name", source.getFirstName());
    dbo.put("age", source.getAge());
    return dbo;
  }
}

6.11.2. Reading using a Spring Converter

An example implementation of a Converter that converts from a DBObject ot a Person object is shownn below

public class PersonReadConverter implements Converter<DBObject, Person> {

  public Person convert(DBObject source) {
    Person p = new Person((ObjectId) source.get("_id"), (String) source.get("name"));
    p.setAge((Integer) source.get("age"));
    return p;
  }
}

6.11.3. Registering Spring Converters with the MongoConverter

The Mongo Spring namespace provides a convenience way to register Spring Converter`s with the `MappingMongoConverter. The configuration snippet below shows how to manually register converter beans as well as configuring the wrapping MappingMongoConverter into a MongoTemplate.

<mongo:db-factory dbname="database"/>

<mongo:mapping-converter>
  <mongo:custom-converters>
    <mongo:converter ref="readConverter"/>
    <mongo:converter>
      <bean class="org.springframework.data.mongodb.test.PersonWriteConverter"/>
    </mongo:converter>
  </mongo:custom-converters>
</mongo:mapping-converter>

<bean id="readConverter" class="org.springframework.data.mongodb.test.PersonReadConverter"/>

<bean id="mongoTemplate" class="org.springframework.data.mongodb.core.MongoTemplate">
  <constructor-arg name="mongoDbFactory" ref="mongoDbFactory"/>
  <constructor-arg name="mongoConverter" ref="mappingConverter"/>
</bean>

You can also use the base-package attribute of the custom-converters element to enable classpath scanning for all Converter and GenericConverter implementations below the given package.

<mongo:mapping-converter>
  <mongo:custom-converters base-package="com.acme.**.converters" />
</mongo:mapping-converter>

6.11.4. Converter disambiguation

Generally we inspect the Converter implementations for the source and target types they convert from and to. Depending on whether one of those is a type MongoDB can handle natively we will register the converter instance as reading or writing one. Have a look at the following samples:

// Write converter as only the target type is one Mongo can handle natively
class MyConverter implements Converter<Person, String> { … }

// Read converter as only the source type is one Mongo can handle natively
class MyConverter implements Converter<String, Person> { … }

In case you write a Converter whose source and target type are native Mongo types there’s no way for us to determine whether we should consider it as reading or writing converter. Registering the converter instance as both might lead to unwanted results then. E.g. a Converter<String, Long> is ambiguous although it probably does not make sense to try to convert all String`s into `Long`s when writing. To be generally able to force the infrastructure to register a converter for one way only we provide `@ReadingConverter as well as @WritingConverter to be used at the converter implementation.

6.12. Index and Collection management

MongoTemplate provides a few methods for managing indexes and collections. These are collected into a helper interface called IndexOperations. You access these operations by calling the method indexOps and pass in either the collection name or the java.lang.Class of your entity (the collection name will be derived from the .class either by name or via annotation metadata).

The IndexOperations interface is shown below

public interface IndexOperations {

  void ensureIndex(IndexDefinition indexDefinition);

  void dropIndex(String name);

  void dropAllIndexes();

  void resetIndexCache();

  List<IndexInfo> getIndexInfo();
}

6.12.1. Methods for creating an Index

We can create an index on a collection to improve query performance.

Creating an index using the MongoTemplate
mongoTemplate.indexOps(Person.class).ensureIndex(new Index().on("name",Order.ASCENDING));
  • ensureIndex Ensure that an index for the provided IndexDefinition exists for the collection.

You can create standard, geospatial and text indexes using the classes IndexDefinition, GeoSpatialIndex and TextIndexDefinition. For example, given the Venue class defined in a previous section, you would declare a geospatial query as shown below.

mongoTemplate.indexOps(Venue.class).ensureIndex(new GeospatialIndex("location"));

6.12.2. Accessing index information

The IndexOperations interface has the method getIndexInfo that returns a list of IndexInfo objects. This contains all the indexes defined on the collectcion. Here is an example that defines an index on the Person class that has age property.

template.indexOps(Person.class).ensureIndex(new Index().on("age", Order.DESCENDING).unique(Duplicates.DROP));

List<IndexInfo> indexInfoList = template.indexOps(Person.class).getIndexInfo();

// Contains
// [IndexInfo [fieldSpec={_id=ASCENDING}, name=_id_, unique=false, dropDuplicates=false, sparse=false],
//  IndexInfo [fieldSpec={age=DESCENDING}, name=age_-1, unique=true, dropDuplicates=true, sparse=false]]

6.12.3. Methods for working with a Collection

It’s time to look at some code examples showing how to use the MongoTemplate. First we look at creating our first collection.

Example 18. Working with collections using the MongoTemplate
DBCollection collection = null;
if (!mongoTemplate.getCollectionNames().contains("MyNewCollection")) {
    collection = mongoTemplate.createCollection("MyNewCollection");
}

mongoTemplate.dropCollection("MyNewCollection");
  • getCollectionNames Returns a set of collection names.

  • collectionExists Check to see if a collection with a given name exists.

  • createCollection Create an uncapped collection

  • dropCollection Drop the collection

  • getCollection Get a collection by name, creating it if it doesn’t exist.

6.13. Executing Commands

You can also get at the MongoDB driver’s DB.command( ) method using the executeCommand(…) methods on MongoTemplate. These will also perform exception translation into Spring’s DataAccessException hierarchy.

6.13.1. Methods for executing commands

  • CommandResult executeCommand (DBObject command) Execute a MongoDB command.

  • CommandResult executeCommand (String jsonCommand) Execute the a MongoDB command expressed as a JSON string.

6.14. Lifecycle Events

Built into the MongoDB mapping framework are several org.springframework.context.ApplicationEvent events that your application can respond to by registering special beans in the ApplicationContext. By being based off Spring’s ApplicationContext event infastructure this enables other products, such as Spring Integration, to easily receive these events as they are a well known eventing mechanism in Spring based applications.

To intercept an object before it goes through the conversion process (which turns your domain object into a com.mongodb.DBObject), you’d register a subclass of AbstractMongoEventListener that overrides the onBeforeConvert method. When the event is dispatched, your listener will be called and passed the domain object before it goes into the converter.

public class BeforeConvertListener extends AbstractMongoEventListener<Person> {
  @Override
  public void onBeforeConvert(Person p) {
    ... does some auditing manipulation, set timestamps, whatever ...
  }
}

To intercept an object before it goes into the database, you’d register a subclass of org.springframework.data.mongodb.core.mapping.event.AbstractMongoEventListener that overrides the onBeforeSave method. When the event is dispatched, your listener will be called and passed the domain object and the converted com.mongodb.DBObject.

public class BeforeSaveListener extends AbstractMongoEventListener<Person> {
  @Override
  public void onBeforeSave(Person p, DBObject dbo) {
    … change values, delete them, whatever …
  }
}

Simply declaring these beans in your Spring ApplicationContext will cause them to be invoked whenever the event is dispatched.

The list of callback methods that are present in AbstractMappingEventListener are

  • onBeforeConvert - called in MongoTemplate insert, insertList and save operations before the object is converted to a DBObject using a MongoConveter.

  • onBeforeSave - called in MongoTemplate insert, insertList and save operations before inserting/saving the DBObject in the database.

  • onAfterSave - called in MongoTemplate insert, insertList and save operations after inserting/saving the DBObject in the database.

  • onAfterLoad - called in MongoTemplate find, findAndRemove, findOne and getCollection methods after the DBObject is retrieved from the database.

  • onAfterConvert - called in MongoTemplate find, findAndRemove, findOne and getCollection methods after the DBObject retrieved from the database was converted to a POJO.

6.15. Exception Translation

The Spring framework provides exception translation for a wide variety of database and mapping technologies. This has traditionally been for JDBC and JPA. The Spring support for MongoDB extends this feature to the MongoDB Database by providing an implementation of the org.springframework.dao.support.PersistenceExceptionTranslator interface.

The motivation behind mapping to Spring’s consistent data access exception hierarchy is that you are then able to write portable and descriptive exception handling code without resorting to coding against MongoDB error codes. All of Spring’s data access exceptions are inherited from the root DataAccessException class so you can be sure that you will be able to catch all database related exception within a single try-catch block. Note, that not all exceptions thrown by the MongoDB driver inherit from the MongoException class. The inner exception and message are preserved so no information is lost.

Some of the mappings performed by the MongoExceptionTranslator are: com.mongodb.Network to DataAccessResourceFailureException and MongoException error codes 1003, 12001, 12010, 12011, 12012 to InvalidDataAccessApiUsageException. Look into the implementation for more details on the mapping.

6.16. Execution callbacks

One common design feature of all Spring template classes is that all functionality is routed into one of the templates execute callback methods. This helps ensure that exceptions and any resource management that maybe required are performed consistency. While this was of much greater need in the case of JDBC and JMS than with MongoDB, it still offers a single spot for exception translation and logging to occur. As such, using thexe execute callback is the preferred way to access the MongoDB driver’s DB and DBCollection objects to perform uncommon operations that were not exposed as methods on MongoTemplate.

Here is a list of execute callback methods.

  • <T> T execute (Class<?> entityClass, CollectionCallback<T> action) Executes the given CollectionCallback for the entity collection of the specified class.

  • <T> T execute (String collectionName, CollectionCallback<T> action) Executes the given CollectionCallback on the collection of the given name.

  • <T> T execute (DbCallback<T> action) Spring Data MongoDB provides support for the Aggregation Framework introduced to MongoDB in version 2.2. Executes a DbCallback translating any exceptions as necessary.

  • <T> T execute (String collectionName, DbCallback<T> action) Executes a DbCallback on the collection of the given name translating any exceptions as necessary.

  • <T> T executeInSession `(DbCallback<T> action) ` Executes the given DbCallback within the same connection to the database so as to ensure consistency in a write heavy environment where you may read the data that you wrote.

Here is an example that uses the CollectionCallback to return information about an index

boolean hasIndex = template.execute("geolocation", new CollectionCallbackBoolean>() {
  public Boolean doInCollection(Venue.class, DBCollection collection) throws MongoException, DataAccessException {
    List<DBObject> indexes = collection.getIndexInfo();
    for (DBObject dbo : indexes) {
      if ("location_2d".equals(dbo.get("name"))) {
        return true;
      }
    }
    return false;
  }
});

6.17. GridFS support

MongoDB supports storing binary files inside it’s filesystem GridFS. Spring Data MongoDB provides a GridFsOperations interface as well as the according implementation GridFsTemplate to easily interact with the filesystem. You can setup a GridFsTemplate instance by handing it a MongoDbFactory as well as a MongoConverter:

Example 19. JavaConfig setup for a GridFsTemplate
class GridFsConfiguration extends AbstractMongoConfiguration {

  // … further configuration omitted

  @Bean
  public GridFsTemplate gridFsTemplate() {
    return new GridFsTemplate(mongoDbFactory(), mappingMongoConverter());
  }
}

An according XML configuration looks like this:

Example 20. XML configuration for a GridFsTemplate
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<beans xmlns="http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans"
  xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"
  xmlns:mongo="http://www.springframework.org/schema/data/mongo"
  xsi:schemaLocation="http://www.springframework.org/schema/data/mongo
                      http://www.springframework.org/schema/data/mongo/spring-mongo.xsd
                      http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans
                      http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans/spring-beans.xsd">

  <mongo:db-factory id="mongoDbFactory" dbname="database" />
  <mongo:mapping-converter id="converter" />

  <bean class="org.springframework.data.mongodb.gridfs.GridFsTemplate">
    <constructor-arg ref="mongoDbFactory" />
    <constructor-arg ref="converter" />
  </bean>

</beans>

The template can now be injected and used to perform storage and retrieval operations.

Example 21. Using GridFsTemplate to store files
class GridFsClient {

  @Autowired
  GridFsOperations operations;

  @Test
  public void storeFileToGridFs {

    FileMetadata metadata = new FileMetadata();
    // populate metadata
    Resource file = … // lookup File or Resource

    operations.store(file.getInputStream(), "filename.txt", metadata);
  }
}

The store(…) operations take an InputStream, a filename and optionally metadata information about the file to store. The metadata can be an arbitrary object which will be marshalled by the MongoConverter configured with the GridFsTemplate. Alternatively you can also provide a DBObject as well.

Reading files from the filesystem can either be achieved through the find(…) or getResources(…) methods. Let’s have a look at the find(…) methods first. You can either find a single file matching a Query or multiple ones. To easily define file queries we provide the GridFsCriteria helper class. It provides static factory methods to encapsulate default metadata fields (e.g. whereFilename(), whereContentType()) or the custom one through whereMetaData().

Example 22. Using GridFsTemplate to query for files
class GridFsClient {

  @Autowired
  GridFsOperations operations;

  @Test
  public void findFilesInGridFs {
    List<GridFSDBFile> result = operations.find(query(whereFilename().is("filename.txt")))
  }
}
Currently MongoDB does not support defining sort criteria when retrieving files from GridFS. Thus any sort criteria defined on the Query instance handed into the find(…) method will be disregarded.

The other option to read files from the GridFs is using the methods introduced by the ResourcePatternResolver interface. They allow handing an Ant path into the method ar thus retrieve files matching the given pattern.

Example 23. Using GridFsTemplate to read files
class GridFsClient {

  @Autowired
  GridFsOperations operations;

  @Test
  public void readFilesFromGridFs {
    GridFsResources[] txtFiles = operations.getResources("*.txt");
  }
}

GridFsOperations extending ResourcePatternResolver allows the GridFsTemplate e.g. to be plugged into an ApplicationContext to read Spring Config files from a MongoDB.

7. MongoDB repositories

7.1. Introduction

This chapter will point out the specialties for repository support for MongoDB. This builds on the core repository support explained in [repositories]. So make sure you’ve got a sound understanding of the basic concepts explained there.

7.2. Usage

To access domain entities stored in a MongoDB you can leverage our sophisticated repository support that eases implementing those quite significantly. To do so, simply create an interface for your repository:

Example 24. Sample Person entity
public class Person {

  @Id
  private String id;
  private String firstname;
  private String lastname;
  private Address address;

  // … getters and setters omitted
}

We have a quite simple domain object here. Note that it has a property named id of type`ObjectId`. The default serialization mechanism used in MongoTemplate (which is backing the repository support) regards properties named id as document id. Currently we support`String`, ObjectId and BigInteger as id-types.

Example 25. Basic repository interface to persist Person entities
public interface PersonRepository extends PagingAndSortingRepository<Person, Long> {

  // additional custom finder methods go here
}

Right now this interface simply serves typing purposes but we will add additional methods to it later. In your Spring configuration simply add

Example 26. General MongoDB repository Spring configuration
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<beans xmlns="http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans"
  xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"
  xmlns:mongo="http://www.springframework.org/schema/data/mongo"
  xsi:schemaLocation="http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans
    http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans/spring-beans-3.0.xsd
    http://www.springframework.org/schema/data/mongo
    http://www.springframework.org/schema/data/mongo/spring-mongo-1.0.xsd">

  <mongo:mongo id="mongo" />

  <bean id="mongoTemplate" class="org.springframework.data.mongodb.core.MongoTemplate">
    <constructor-arg ref="mongo" />
    <constructor-arg value="databaseName" />
  </bean>

  <mongo:repositories base-package="com.acme.*.repositories" />

</beans>

This namespace element will cause the base packages to be scanned for interfaces extending MongoRepository and create Spring beans for each of them found. By default the repositories will get a MongoTemplate Spring bean wired that is called mongoTemplate, so you only need to configure mongo-template-ref explicitly if you deviate from this convention.

If you’d rather like to go with JavaConfig use the @EnableMongoRepositories annotation. The annotation carries the very same attributes like the namespace element. If no base package is configured the infrastructure will scan the package of the annotated configuration class.

Example 27. JavaConfig for repositories
@Configuration
@EnableMongoRepositories
class ApplicationConfig extends AbstractMongoConfiguration {

  @Override
  protected String getDatabaseName() {
    return "e-store";
  }

  @Override
  public Mongo mongo() throws Exception {
    return new Mongo();
  }

  @Override
  protected String getMappingBasePackage() {
    return "com.oreilly.springdata.mongodb"
  }
}

As our domain repository extends PagingAndSortingRepository it provides you with CRUD operations as well as methods for paginated and sorted access to the entities. Working with the repository instance is just a matter of dependency injecting it into a client. So accessing the second page of `Person`s at a page size of 10 would simply look something like this:

Example 28. Paging access to Person entities
@RunWith(SpringJUnit4ClassRunner.class)
@ContextConfiguration
public class PersonRepositoryTests {

    @Autowired PersonRepository repository;

    @Test
    public void readsFirstPageCorrectly() {

      Page<Person> persons = repository.findAll(new PageRequest(0, 10));
      assertThat(persons.isFirstPage(), is(true));
    }
}

The sample creates an application context with Spring’s unit test support which will perform annotation based dependency injection into test cases. Inside the test method we simply use the repository to query the datastore. We hand the repository a PageRequest instance that requests the first page of persons at a page size of 10.

7.3. Query methods

Most of the data access operations you usually trigger on a repository result a query being executed against the MongoDB databases. Defining such a query is just a matter of declaring a method on the repository interface

Example 29. PersonRepository with query methods
public interface PersonRepository extends PagingAndSortingRepository<Person, String> {

    List<Person> findByLastname(String lastname);

    Page<Person> findByFirstname(String firstname, Pageable pageable);

    Person findByShippingAddresses(Address address);
}

The first method shows a query for all people with the given lastname. The query will be derived parsing the method name for constraints which can be concatenated with And and Or. Thus the method name will result in a query expression of`{"lastname" : lastname}`. The second example shows how pagination is applied to a query. Just equip your method signature with a Pageable parameter and let the method return a Page instance and we will automatically page the query accordingly. The third examples shows that you can query based on properties which are not a primitive type.

Note that for version 1.0 we currently don’t support referring to parameters that are mapped as DBRef in the domain class.
Table 2. Supported keywords for query methods
Keyword Sample Logical result

GreaterThan

findByAgeGreaterThan(int age)

{"age" : {"$gt" : age}}

GreaterThanEqual

findByAgeGreaterThanEqual(int age)

{"age" : {"$gte" : age}}

LessThan

findByAgeLessThan(int age)

{"age" : {"$lt" : age}}

LessThanEqual

findByAgeLessThanEqual(int age)

{"age" : {"$lte" : age}}

Between

findByAgeBetween(int from, int to)

{"age" : {"$gt" : from, "$lt" : to}}

In

findByAgeIn(Collection ages)

{"age" : {"$in" : [ages…​]}}

NotIn

findByAgeNotIn(Collection ages)

{"age" : {"$nin" : [ages…​]}}

IsNotNull, NotNull

findByFirstnameNotNull()

{"firstname" : {"$ne" : null}}

IsNull, Null

findByFirstnameNull()

{"firstname" : null}

Like

findByFirstnameLike(String name)

{"firstname" : name} ( name as regex)

Regex

findByFirstnameRegex(String firstname)

{"firstname" : {"$regex" : firstname }}

(No keyword)

findByFirstname(String name)

{"firstname" : name}

Not

findByFirstnameNot(String name)

{"firstname" : {"$ne" : name}}

Near

findByLocationNear(Point point)

{"location" : {"$near" : [x,y]}}

Within

findByLocationWithin(Circle circle)

{"location" : {"$within" : {"$center" : [ [x, y], distance]}}}

Within

findByLocationWithin(Box box)

{"location" : {"$within" : {"$box" : [ [x1, y1], x2, y2]}}}True

IsTrue, True

findByActiveIsTrue()

{"active" : true}

IsFalse, False

findByActiveIsFalse()

{"active" : false}

Exists

findByLocationExists(boolean exists)

{"location" : {"$exists" : exists }}

7.3.1. Repository delete queries

The above keywords can be used in conjunciton with delete…By or remove…By to create queries deleting matching documents.

Example 30. Delete…By Query
public interface PersonRepository extends MongoRepository<Person, String> {

  List <Person> deleteByLastname(String lastname);

  Long deletePersonByLastname(String lastname);
}

Using return type List will retrieve and return all matching documents before actually deleting them. A numeric return type directly removes the matching documents returning the total number of documents removed.

7.3.2. Geo-spatial repository queries

As you’ve just seen there are a few keywords triggering geo-spatial operations within a MongoDB query. The Near keyword allows some further modification. Let’s have look at some examples:

Example 31. Advanced Near queries
public interface PersonRepository extends MongoRepository<Person, String>

  // { 'location' : { '$near' : [point.x, point.y], '$maxDistance' : distance}}
  List<Person> findByLocationNear(Point location, Distance distance);
}

Adding a Distance parameter to the query method allows restricting results to those within the given distance. If the Distance was set up containing a Metric we will transparently use $nearSphere instead of $code.

Example 32. Using Distance with Metrics
Point point = new Point(43.7, 48.8);
Distance distance = new Distance(200, Metrics.KILOMETERS);
… = repository.findByLocationNear(point, distance);
// {'location' : {'$nearSphere' : [43.7, 48.8], '$maxDistance' : 0.03135711885774796}}

As you can see using a Distance equipped with a Metric causes $nearSphere clause to be added instead of a plain $near. Beyond that the actual distance gets calculated according to the Metrics used.

Geo-near queries
public interface PersonRepository extends MongoRepository<Person, String>

  // {'geoNear' : 'location', 'near' : [x, y] }
  GeoResults<Person> findByLocationNear(Point location);

  // No metric: {'geoNear' : 'person', 'near' : [x, y], maxDistance : distance }
  // Metric: {'geoNear' : 'person', 'near' : [x, y], 'maxDistance' : distance,
  //          'distanceMultiplier' : metric.multiplier, 'spherical' : true }
  GeoResults<Person> findByLocationNear(Point location, Distance distance);

  // {'geoNear' : 'location', 'near' : [x, y] }
  GeoResults<Person> findByLocationNear(Point location);
}

7.3.3. MongoDB JSON based query methods and field restriction

By adding the annotation org.springframework.data.mongodb.repository.Query repository finder methods you can specify a MongoDB JSON query string to use instead of having the query derived from the method name. For example

public interface PersonRepository extends MongoRepository<Person, String>

  @Query("{ 'firstname' : ?0 }")
  List<Person> findByThePersonsFirstname(String firstname);

}

The placeholder ?0 lets you substitute the value from the method arguments into the JSON query string.

You can also use the filter property to restrict the set of properties that will be mapped into the Java object. For example,

public interface PersonRepository extends MongoRepository<Person, String>

  @Query(value="{ 'firstname' : ?0 }", fields="{ 'firstname' : 1, 'lastname' : 1}")
  List<Person> findByThePersonsFirstname(String firstname);

}

This will return only the firstname, lastname and Id properties of the Person objects. The age property, a java.lang.Integer, will not be set and its value will therefore be null.

7.3.4. Type-safe Query methods

MongoDB repository support integrates with the QueryDSL project which provides a means to perform type-safe queries in Java. To quote from the project description, "Instead of writing queries as inline strings or externalizing them into XML files they are constructed via a fluent API." It provides the following features

  • Code completion in IDE (all properties, methods and operations can be expanded in your favorite Java IDE)

  • Almost no syntactically invalid queries allowed (type-safe on all levels)

  • Domain types and properties can be referenced safely (no Strings involved!)

  • Adopts better to refactoring changes in domain types

  • Incremental query definition is easier

Please refer to the QueryDSL documentation which describes how to bootstrap your environment for APT based code generation using Maven or using Ant.

Using QueryDSL you will be able to write queries as shown below

QPerson person = new QPerson("person");
List<Person> result = repository.findAll(person.address.zipCode.eq("C0123"));

Page<Person> page = repository.findAll(person.lastname.contains("a"),
                                       new PageRequest(0, 2, Direction.ASC, "lastname"));

QPerson is a class that is generated (via the Java annotation post processing tool) which is a Predicate that allows you to write type safe queries. Notice that there are no strings in the query other than the value "C0123".

You can use the generated Predicate class via the interface QueryDslPredicateExecutor which is shown below

public interface QueryDslPredicateExecutor<T> {

  T findOne(Predicate predicate);

  List<T> findAll(Predicate predicate);

  List<T> findAll(Predicate predicate, OrderSpecifier<?>... orders);

  Page<T> findAll(Predicate predicate, Pageable pageable);

  Long count(Predicate predicate);
}

To use this in your repository implementation, simply inherit from it in addition to other repository interfaces. This is shown below

public interface PersonRepository extends MongoRepository<Person, String>, QueryDslPredicateExecutor<Person> {

   // additional finder methods go here
}

We think you will find this an extremely powerful tool for writing MongoDB queries.

7.3.5. Full-text search queries

MongoDBs full text search feature is very store specic and therefore can rather be found on MongoRepository than on the more general CrudRepository. What we need is a document with a full-text index defined for (Please see section Text Indexes for creating).

Additional methods on MongoRepository take TextCriteria as input parameter. In addition to those explicit methods, it is also possible to add a TextCriteria derived repository method. The criteria will added as an additional AND criteria. Once the entity contains a @TextScore annotated property the documents full-text score will be retrieved. Furthermore the @TextScore annotated property will also make it possible to sort by the documents score.

@Document
class FullTextDocument {

  @Id String id;
  @TextIndexed String title;
  @TextIndexed String content;
  @TextScore Float score;
}

interface FullTextRepository extends Repository<FullTextDocument, String> {

  // Execute a full-text search and define sorting dynamically
  List<FullTextDocument> findAllBy(TextCriteria criteria, Sort sort);

  // Paginate over a full-text search result
  Page<FullTextDocument> findAllBy(TextCriteria criteria, Pageable pageable);

  // Combine a derived query with a full-text search
  List<FullTextDocument> findByTitleOrderByScoreDesc(String title, TextCriteria criteria);
}


Sort sort = new Sort("score");
TextCriteria criteria = TextCriteria.forDefaultLanguage().matchingAny("spring", "data");
List<FullTextDocument> result = repository.findAllBy(criteria, sort);

criteria = TextCriteria.forDefaultLanguage().matching("film");
Page<FullTextDocument> page = repository.findAllBy(criteria, new PageRequest(1, 1, sort));
List<FullTextDocument> result = repository.findByTitleOrderByScoreDesc("mongodb", criteria);

7.4. Miscellaneous

7.4.1. CDI Integration

Instances of the repository interfaces are usually created by a container, which Spring is the most natural choice when working with Spring Data. As of version 1.3.0 Spring Data MongoDB ships with a custom CDI extension that allows using the repository abstraction in CDI environments. The extension is part of the JAR so all you need to do to activate it is dropping the Spring Data MongoDB JAR into your classpath. You can now set up the infrastructure by implementing a CDI Producer for the MongoTemplate:

class MongoTemplateProducer {

    @Produces
    @ApplicationScoped
    public MongoOperations createMongoTemplate() throws UnknownHostException, MongoException {

        MongoDbFactory factory = new SimpleMongoDbFactory(new Mongo(), "database");
        return new MongoTemplate(factory);
    }
}

The Spring Data MongoDB CDI extension will pick up the MongoTemplate available as CDI bean and create a proxy for a Spring Data repository whenever an bean of a repository type is requested by the container. Thus obtaining an instance of a Spring Data repository is a matter of declaring an @Inject-ed property:

class RepositoryClient {

  @Inject
  PersonRepository repository;

  public void businessMethod() {
    List<Person> people = repository.findAll();
  }
}

8. Mapping

Rich mapping support is provided by the MongoMappingConverter. MongoMappingConverter has a rich metadata model that provides a full feature set of functionality to map domain objects to MongoDB documents.The mapping metadata model is populated using annotations on your domain objects. However, the infrastructure is not limited to using annotations as the only source of metadata information. The MongoMappingConverter also allows you to map objects to documents without providing any additional metadata, by following a set of conventions.

In this section we will describe the features of the MongoMappingConverter. How to use conventions for mapping objects to documents and how to override those conventions with annotation based mapping metadata.

SimpleMongoConverter has been deprecated in Spring Data MongoDB M3 as all of its functionality has been subsumed into MappingMongoConverter.

8.1. Convention based Mapping

MongoMappingConverter has a few conventions for mapping objects to documents when no additional mapping metadata is provided. The conventions are:

  • The short Java class name is mapped to the collection name in the following manner. The class ‘com.bigbank.SavingsAccount’ maps to ‘savingsAccount’ collection name.

  • All nested objects are stored as nested objects in the document and not as DBRefs

  • The converter will use any Spring Converters registered with it to override the default mapping of object properties to document field/values.

  • The fields of an object are used to convert to and from fields in the document. Public JavaBean properties are not used.

  • You can have a single non-zero argument constructor whose constructor argument names match top level field names of document, that constructor will be used. Otherwise the zero arg constructor will be used. if there is more than one non-zero argument constructor an exception will be thrown.

8.1.1. How the '_id' field is handled in the mapping layer

MongoDB requires that you have an '_id' field for all documents. If you don’t provide one the driver will assign a ObjectId with a generated value. The "_id" field can be of any type the, other than arrays, so long as it is unique. The driver naturally supports all primitive types and Dates. When using the MongoMappingConverter there are certain rules that govern how properties from the Java class is mapped to this '_id' field.

The following outlines what field will be mapped to the '_id' document field:

  • A field annotated with @Id (org.springframework.data.annotation.Id) will be mapped to the '_id' field.

  • A field without an annotation but named id will be mapped to the '_id' field.

The following outlines what type conversion, if any, will be done on the property mapped to the _id document field.

  • If a field named 'id' is declared as a String or BigInteger in the Java class it will be converted to and stored as an ObjectId if possible. ObjectId as a field type is also valid. If you specify a value for 'id' in your application, the conversion to an ObjectId is detected to the MongoDBdriver. If the specified 'id' value cannot be converted to an ObjectId, then the value will be stored as is in the document’s _id field.

  • If a field named ' id' id field is not declared as a String, BigInteger, or ObjectID in the Java class then you should assign it a value in your application so it can be stored 'as-is' in the document’s _id field.

  • If no field named 'id' is present in the Java class then an implicit '_id' file will be generated by the driver but not mapped to a property or field of the Java class.

When querying and updating MongoTemplate will use the converter to handle conversions of the Query and Update objects that correspond to the above rules for saving documents so field names and types used in your queries will be able to match what is in your domain classes.

8.2. Mapping Configuration

Unless explicitly configured, an instance of MongoMappingConverter is created by default when creating a MongoTemplate. You can create your own instance of the MappingMongoConverter so as to tell it where to scan the classpath at startup your domain classes in order to extract metadata and construct indexes. Also, by creating your own instance you can register Spring converters to use for mapping specific classes to and from the database.

You can configure the MongoMappingConverter as well as com.mongodb.Mongo and MongoTemplate either using Java or XML based metadata. Here is an example using Spring’s Java based configuration

Example 33. @Configuration class to configure MongoDB mapping support
@Configuration
public class GeoSpatialAppConfig extends AbstractMongoConfiguration {

  @Bean
  public Mongo mongo() throws Exception {
    return new Mongo("localhost");
  }

  @Override
  public String getDatabaseName() {
    return "database";
  }

  @Override
  public String getMappingBasePackage() {
    return "com.bigbank.domain";
  }

  // the following are optional


  @Bean
  @Override
  public CustomConversions customConversions() throws Exception {
    List<Converter<?, ?>> converterList = new ArrayList<Converter<?, ?>>();
    converterList.add(new org.springframework.data.mongodb.test.PersonReadConverter());
    converterList.add(new org.springframework.data.mongodb.test.PersonWriteConverter());
    return new CustomConversions(converterList);
  }

  @Bean
  public LoggingEventListener<MongoMappingEvent> mappingEventsListener() {
    return new LoggingEventListener<MongoMappingEvent>();
  }
}

AbstractMongoConfiguration requires you to implement methods that define a com.mongodb.Mongo as well as provide a database name. AbstractMongoConfiguration also has a method you can override named ‘getMappingBasePackage’ which tells the converter where to scan for classes annotated with the @org.springframework.data.mongodb.core.mapping.Document annotation.

You can add additional converters to the converter by overriding the method afterMappingMongoConverterCreation. Also shown in the above example is a LoggingEventListener which logs MongoMappingEvent`s that are posted onto Spring’s `ApplicationContextEvent infrastructure.

AbstractMongoConfiguration will create a MongoTemplate instance and registered with the container under the name 'mongoTemplate'.

You can also override the method UserCredentials getUserCredentials() to provide the username and password information to connect to the database.

Spring’s MongoDB namespace enables you to easily enable mapping functionality in XML

Example 34. XML schema to configure MongoDB mapping support
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<beans xmlns="http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans"
  xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"
  xmlns:context="http://www.springframework.org/schema/context"
  xmlns:mongo="http://www.springframework.org/schema/data/mongo"
  xsi:schemaLocation="http://www.springframework.org/schema/context http://www.springframework.org/schema/context/spring-context-3.0.xsd
    http://www.springframework.org/schema/data/mongo http://www.springframework.org/schema/data/mongo/spring-mongo-1.0.xsd
    http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans/spring-beans-3.0.xsd">

  <!-- Default bean name is 'mongo' -->
  <mongo:mongo host="localhost" port="27017"/>

  <mongo:db-factory dbname="database" mongo-ref="mongo"/>

  <!-- by default look for a Mongo object named 'mongo' - default name used for the converter is 'mappingConverter' -->
  <mongo:mapping-converter base-package="com.bigbank.domain">
    <mongo:custom-converters>
      <mongo:converter ref="readConverter"/>
      <mongo:converter>
        <bean class="org.springframework.data.mongodb.test.PersonWriteConverter"/>
      </mongo:converter>
    </mongo:custom-converters>
  </mongo:mapping-converter>

  <bean id="readConverter" class="org.springframework.data.mongodb.test.PersonReadConverter"/>

  <!-- set the mapping converter to be used by the MongoTemplate -->
  <bean id="mongoTemplate" class="org.springframework.data.mongodb.core.MongoTemplate">
    <constructor-arg name="mongoDbFactory" ref="mongoDbFactory"/>
    <constructor-arg name="mongoConverter" ref="mappingConverter"/>
  </bean>

  <bean class="org.springframework.data.mongodb.core.mapping.event.LoggingEventListener"/>

</beans>

The base-package property tells it where to scan for classes annotated with the @org.springframework.data.mongodb.core.mapping.Document annotation.

8.3. Metadata based Mapping

To take full advantage of the object mapping functionality inside the Spring Data/MongoDB support, you should annotate your mapped objects with the @org.springframework.data.mongodb.core.mapping.Document annotation. Although it is not necessary for the mapping framework to have this annotation (your POJOs will be mapped correctly, even without any annotations), it allows the classpath scanner to find and pre-process your domain objects to extract the necessary metadata. If you don’t use this annotation, your application will take a slight performance hit the first time you store a domain object because the mapping framework needs to build up its internal metadata model so it knows about the properties of your domain object and how to persist them.

Example 35. Example domain object
package com.mycompany.domain;

@Document
public class Person {

  @Id
  private ObjectId id;

  @Indexed
  private Integer ssn;

  private String firstName;

  @Indexed
  private String lastName;
}
The @Id annotation tells the mapper which property you want to use for the MongoDB _id property and the @Indexed annotation tells the mapping framework to call ensureIndex on that property of your document, making searches faster.
Automatic index creation is only done for types annotated with @Document.

8.3.1. Mapping annotation overview

The MappingMongoConverter can use metadata to drive the mapping of objects to documents. An overview of the annotations is provided below

  • @Id - applied at the field level to mark the field used for identiy purpose.

  • @Document - applied at the class level to indicate this class is a candidate for mapping to the database. You can specify the name of the collection where the database will be stored.

  • @DBRef - applied at the field to indicate it is to be stored using a com.mongodb.DBRef.

  • @Indexed - applied at the field level to describe how to index the field.

  • @CompoundIndex - applied at the type level to declare Compound Indexes

  • @GeoSpatialIndexed - applied at the field level to describe how to geoindex the field.

  • @TextIndexed - applied at the field level to mark the field to be included in the text index.

  • @Language - applied at the field level to set the language override property for text index.

  • @Transient - by default all private fields are mapped to the document, this annotation excludes the field where it is applied from being stored in the database

  • @PersistenceConstructor - marks a given constructor - even a package protected one - to use when instantiating the object from the database. Constructor arguments are mapped by name to the key values in the retrieved DBObject.

  • @Value - this annotation is part of the Spring Framework . Within the mapping framework it can be applied to constructor arguments. This lets you use a Spring Expression Language statement to transform a key’s value retrieved in the database before it is used to construct a domain object. In order to reference a property of a given document one has to use expressions like: @Value("#root.myProperty") where root refers to the root of the given document.

  • @Field - applied at the field level and described the name of the field as it will be represented in the MongoDB BSON document thus allowing the name to be different than the fieldname of the class.

The mapping metadata infrastructure is defined in a seperate spring-data-commons project that is technology agnostic. Specific subclasses are using in the MongoDB support to support annotation based metadata. Other strategies are also possible to put in place if there is demand.

Here is an example of a more complex mapping.

@Document
@CompoundIndexes({
    @CompoundIndex(name = "age_idx", def = "{'lastName': 1, 'age': -1}")
})
public class Person<T extends Address> {

  @Id
  private String id;

  @Indexed(unique = true)
  private Integer ssn;

  @Field("fName")
  private String firstName;

  @Indexed
  private String lastName;

  private Integer age;

  @Transient
  private Integer accountTotal;

  @DBRef
  private List<Account> accounts;

  private T address;


  public Person(Integer ssn) {
    this.ssn = ssn;
  }

  @PersistenceConstructor
  public Person(Integer ssn, String firstName, String lastName, Integer age, T address) {
    this.ssn = ssn;
    this.firstName = firstName;
    this.lastName = lastName;
    this.age = age;
    this.address = address;
  }

  public String getId() {
    return id;
  }

  // no setter for Id.  (getter is only exposed for some unit testing)

  public Integer getSsn() {
    return ssn;
  }

// other getters/setters ommitted

8.3.2. Customized Object Construction

The mapping subsystem allows the customization of the object construction by annotating a constructor with the @PersistenceConstructor annotation. The values to be used for the constructor parameters are resolved in the following way:

  • If a parameter is annotated with the @Value annotation, the given expression is evaluated and the result is used as the parameter value.

  • If the Java type has a property whose name matches the given field of the input document, then it’s property information is used to select the appropriate constructor parameter to pass the input field value to. This works only if the parameter name information is present in the java .class files which can be achieved by compiling the source with debug information or using the new -parameters command-line switch for javac in Java 8.

  • Otherwise an MappingException will be thrown indicating that the given constructor parameter could not be bound.

class OrderItem {

  private @Id String id;
  private int quantity;
  private double unitPrice;

  OrderItem(String id, @Value("#root.qty ?: 0") int quantity, double unitPrice) {
    this.id = id;
    this.quantity = quantity;
    this.unitPrice = unitPrice;
  }

  // getters/setters ommitted
}

DBObject input = new BasicDBObject("id", "4711");
input.put("unitPrice", 2.5);
input.put("qty",5);
OrderItem item = converter.read(OrderItem.class, input);
The SpEL expression in the @Value annotation of the quantity parameter falls back to the value 0 if the given property path cannot be resolved.

Additional examples for using the @PersistenceConstructor annotation can be found in the MappingMongoConverterUnitTests test suite.

8.3.3. Compound Indexes

Compound indexes are also supported. They are defined at the class level, rather than on indidividual properties.

Compound indexes are very important to improve the performance of queries that involve criteria on multiple fields

Here’s an example that creates a compound index of lastName in ascending order and age in descending order:

Example 36. Example Compound Index Usage
package com.mycompany.domain;

@Document
@CompoundIndexes({
    @CompoundIndex(name = "age_idx", def = "{'lastName': 1, 'age': -1}")
})
public class Person {

  @Id
  private ObjectId id;
  private Integer age;
  private String firstName;
  private String lastName;

}

8.3.4. Text Indexes

The text index feature is disabled by default for mongodb v.2.4.

Creating a text index allows to accumulate several fields into a searchable full text index. It is only possible to have one text index per collection so all fields marked with @TextIndexed are combined into this index. Properties can be weighted to influence document score for ranking results. The default language for the text index is english, to change the default language set @Document(language="spanish") to any language you want. Using a property called language or @Language allows to define a language override on a per document base.

Example 37. Example Text Index Usage
@Document(language = "spanish")
class SomeEntity {

    @TextIndexed String foo;

    @Language String lang;

    Nested nested;
}

class Nested {

    @TextIndexed(weight=5) String bar;
    String roo;
}

8.3.5. Using DBRefs

The mapping framework doesn’t have to store child objects embedded within the document. You can also store them separately and use a DBRef to refer to that document. When the object is loaded from MongoDB, those references will be eagerly resolved and you will get back a mapped object that looks the same as if it had been stored embedded within your master document.

Here’s an example of using a DBRef to refer to a specific document that exists independently of the object in which it is referenced (both classes are shown in-line for brevity’s sake):

@Document
public class Account {

  @Id
  private ObjectId id;
  private Float total;
}

@Document
public class Person {

  @Id
  private ObjectId id;
  @Indexed
  private Integer ssn;
  @DBRef
  private List<Account> accounts;
}

There’s no need to use something like @OneToMany because the mapping framework sees that you’re wanting a one-to-many relationship because there is a List of objects. When the object is stored in MongoDB, there will be a list of DBRefs rather than the Account objects themselves.

The mapping framework does not handle cascading saves. If you change an Account object that is referenced by a Person object, you must save the Account object separately. Calling save on the Person object will not automatically save the Account objects in the property accounts.

8.3.6. Mapping Framework Events

Events are fired throughout the lifecycle of the mapping process. This is described in the Lifecycle Events section.

Simply declaring these beans in your Spring ApplicationContext will cause them to be invoked whenever the event is dispatched.

8.3.7. Overriding Mapping with explicit Converters

When storing and querying your objects it is convenient to have a MongoConverter instance handle the mapping of all Java types to DBObjects. However, sometimes you may want the `MongoConverter’s do most of the work but allow you to selectively handle the conversion for a particular type or to optimize performance.

To selectively handle the conversion yourself, register one or more one or more org.springframework.core.convert.converter.Converter instances with the MongoConverter.

Spring 3.0 introduced a core.convert package that provides a general type conversion system. This is described in detail in the Spring reference documentation section entitled Spring 3 Type Conversion.

The method customConversions in AbstractMongoConfiguration can be used to configure Converters. The examples here at the beginning of this chapter show how to perform the configuration using Java and XML.

Below is an example of a Spring Converter implementation that converts from a DBObject to a Person POJO.

@ReadingConverter
 public class PersonReadConverter implements Converter<DBObject, Person> {

  public Person convert(DBObject source) {
    Person p = new Person((ObjectId) source.get("_id"), (String) source.get("name"));
    p.setAge((Integer) source.get("age"));
    return p;
  }
}

Here is an example that converts from a Person to a DBObject.

@WritingConverter
public class PersonWriteConverter implements Converter<Person, DBObject> {

  public DBObject convert(Person source) {
    DBObject dbo = new BasicDBObject();
    dbo.put("_id", source.getId());
    dbo.put("name", source.getFirstName());
    dbo.put("age", source.getAge());
    return dbo;
  }
}

9. Cross Store support

Sometimes you need to store data in multiple data stores and these data stores can be of different types. One might be relational while the other a document store. For this use case we have created a separate module in the MongoDB support that handles what we call cross-store support. The current implementation is based on JPA as the driver for the relational database and we allow select fields in the Entities to be stored in a Mongo database. In addition to allowing you to store your data in two stores we also coordinate persistence operations for the non-transactional MongoDB store with the transaction life-cycle for the relational database.

9.1. Cross Store Configuration

Assuming that you have a working JPA application and would like to add some cross-store persistence for MongoDB. What do you have to add to your configuration?

First of all you need to add a dependency on the module. Using Maven this is done by adding a dependency to your pom:

Example 38. Example Maven pom.xml with spring-data-mongodb-cross-store dependency
<project xmlns="http://maven.apache.org/POM/4.0.0" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"
  xsi:schemaLocation="http://maven.apache.org/POM/4.0.0 http://maven.apache.org/xsd/maven-4.0.0.xsd">
  <modelVersion>4.0.0</modelVersion>

  ...

    <!-- Spring Data -->
    <dependency>
      <groupId>org.springframework.data</groupId>
      <artifactId>spring-data-mongodb-cross-store</artifactId>
      <version>${spring.data.mongo.version}</version>
    </dependency>

  ...

</project>

Once this is done we need to enable AspectJ for the project. The cross-store support is implemented using AspectJ aspects so by enabling compile time AspectJ support the cross-store features will become available to your project. In Maven you would add an additional plugin to the <build> section of the pom:

Example 39. Example Maven pom.xml with AspectJ plugin enabled
<project xmlns="http://maven.apache.org/POM/4.0.0" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"
  xsi:schemaLocation="http://maven.apache.org/POM/4.0.0 http://maven.apache.org/xsd/maven-4.0.0.xsd">
  <modelVersion>4.0.0</modelVersion>

  ...

  <build>
    <plugins>

      …

      <plugin>
        <groupId>org.codehaus.mojo</groupId>
        <artifactId>aspectj-maven-plugin</artifactId>
        <version>1.0</version>
        <dependencies>
          <!-- NB: You must use Maven 2.0.9 or above or these are ignored (see MNG-2972) -->
          <dependency>
            <groupId>org.aspectj</groupId>
            <artifactId>aspectjrt</artifactId>
            <version>${aspectj.version}</version>
          </dependency>
          <dependency>
            <groupId>org.aspectj</groupId>
            <artifactId>aspectjtools</artifactId>
            <version>${aspectj.version}</version>
          </dependency>
        </dependencies>
        <executions>
          <execution>
            <goals>
              <goal>compile</goal>
              <goal>test-compile</goal>
            </goals>
          </execution>
        </executions>
        <configuration>
          <outxml>true</outxml>
          <aspectLibraries>
            <aspectLibrary>
              <groupId>org.springframework</groupId>
              <artifactId>spring-aspects</artifactId>
            </aspectLibrary>
            <aspectLibrary>
              <groupId>org.springframework.data</groupId>
              <artifactId>spring-data-mongodb-cross-store</artifactId>
            </aspectLibrary>
          </aspectLibraries>
          <source>1.6</source>
          <target>1.6</target>
        </configuration>
      </plugin>

      ...

    </plugins>
  </build>

...

</project>

Finally, you need to configure your project to use MongoDB and also configure the aspects that are used. The following XML snippet should be added to your application context:

Example 40. Example application context with MongoDB and cross-store aspect support
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<beans xmlns="http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans"
  xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"
  xmlns:jdbc="http://www.springframework.org/schema/jdbc"
  xmlns:jpa="http://www.springframework.org/schema/data/jpa"
  xmlns:mongo="http://www.springframework.org/schema/data/mongo"
  xsi:schemaLocation="http://www.springframework.org/schema/data/mongo
    http://www.springframework.org/schema/data/mongo/spring-mongo.xsd
    http://www.springframework.org/schema/jdbc
    http://www.springframework.org/schema/jdbc/spring-jdbc-3.0.xsd
    http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans
    http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans/spring-beans-3.0.xsd
    http://www.springframework.org/schema/data/jpa
    http://www.springframework.org/schema/data/jpa/spring-jpa-1.0.xsd">

  ...

  <!--  Mongo config -->
  <mongo:mongo host="localhost" port="27017"/>

  <bean id="mongoTemplate" class="org.springframework.data.mongodb.core.MongoTemplate">
    <constructor-arg name="mongo" ref="mongo"/>
    <constructor-arg name="databaseName" value="test"/>
    <constructor-arg name="defaultCollectionName" value="cross-store"/>
  </bean>

  <bean class="org.springframework.data.mongodb.core.MongoExceptionTranslator"/>

  <!--  Mongo cross-store aspect config -->
  <bean class="org.springframework.data.persistence.document.mongo.MongoDocumentBacking"
        factory-method="aspectOf">
    <property name="changeSetPersister" ref="mongoChangeSetPersister"/>
  </bean>
  <bean id="mongoChangeSetPersister"
      class="org.springframework.data.persistence.document.mongo.MongoChangeSetPersister">
    <property name="mongoTemplate" ref="mongoTemplate"/>
    <property name="entityManagerFactory" ref="entityManagerFactory"/>
  </bean>

  ...

</beans>

9.2. Writing the Cross Store Application

We are assuming that you have a working JPA application so we will only cover the additional steps needed to persist part of your Entity in your Mongo database. First you need to identify the field you want persisted. It should be a domain class and follow the general rules for the Mongo mapping support covered in previous chapters. The field you want persisted in MongoDB should be annotated using the @RelatedDocument annotation. That is really all you need to do!. The cross-store aspects take care of the rest. This includes marking the field with @Transient so it won’t be persisted using JPA, keeping track of any changes made to the field value and writing them to the database on successful transaction completion, loading the document from MongoDB the first time the value is used in your application. Here is an example of a simple Entity that has a field annotated with @RelatedEntity.

Example 41. Example of Entity with @RelatedDocument
@Entity
public class Customer {

  @Id
  @GeneratedValue(strategy = GenerationType.IDENTITY)
  private Long id;

  private String firstName;

  private String lastName;

  @RelatedDocument
  private SurveyInfo surveyInfo;

  // getters and setters omitted
}
Example 42. Example of domain class to be stored as document
public class SurveyInfo {

  private Map<String, String> questionsAndAnswers;

  public SurveyInfo() {
    this.questionsAndAnswers = new HashMap<String, String>();
  }

  public SurveyInfo(Map<String, String> questionsAndAnswers) {
    this.questionsAndAnswers = questionsAndAnswers;
  }

  public Map<String, String> getQuestionsAndAnswers() {
    return questionsAndAnswers;
  }

  public void setQuestionsAndAnswers(Map<String, String> questionsAndAnswers) {
    this.questionsAndAnswers = questionsAndAnswers;
  }

  public SurveyInfo addQuestionAndAnswer(String question, String answer) {
    this.questionsAndAnswers.put(question, answer);
    return this;
  }
}

Once the SurveyInfo has been set on the Customer object above the MongoTemplate that was configured above is used to save the SurveyInfo along with some metadata about the JPA Entity is stored in a MongoDB collection named after the fully qualified name of the JPA Entity class. The following code:

Example 43. Example of code using the JPA Entity configured for cross-store persistence
Customer customer = new Customer();
customer.setFirstName("Sven");
customer.setLastName("Olafsen");
SurveyInfo surveyInfo = new SurveyInfo()
  .addQuestionAndAnswer("age", "22")
  .addQuestionAndAnswer("married", "Yes")
  .addQuestionAndAnswer("citizenship", "Norwegian");
customer.setSurveyInfo(surveyInfo);
customerRepository.save(customer);

Executing the code above results in the following JSON document stored in MongoDB.

Example 44. Example of JSON document stored in MongoDB
{ "_id" : ObjectId( "4d9e8b6e3c55287f87d4b79e" ),
  "_entity_id" : 1,
  "_entity_class" : "org.springframework.data.mongodb.examples.custsvc.domain.Customer",
  "_entity_field_name" : "surveyInfo",
  "questionsAndAnswers" : { "married" : "Yes",
    "age" : "22",
    "citizenship" : "Norwegian" },
  "_entity_field_class" : "org.springframework.data.mongodb.examples.custsvc.domain.SurveyInfo" }

10. Logging support

An appender for Log4j is provided in the maven module "spring-data-mongodb-log4j". Note, there is no dependency on other Spring Mongo modules, only the MongoDB driver.

10.1. MongoDB Log4j Configuration

Here is an example configuration

log4j.rootCategory=INFO, stdout

log4j.appender.stdout=org.springframework.data.document.mongodb.log4j.MongoLog4jAppender
log4j.appender.stdout.layout=org.apache.log4j.PatternLayout
log4j.appender.stdout.layout.ConversionPattern=%d %p [%c] - <%m>%n
log4j.appender.stdout.host = localhost
log4j.appender.stdout.port = 27017
log4j.appender.stdout.database = logs
log4j.appender.stdout.collectionPattern = %X{year}%X{month}
log4j.appender.stdout.applicationId = my.application
log4j.appender.stdout.warnOrHigherWriteConcern = FSYNC_SAFE

log4j.category.org.apache.activemq=ERROR
log4j.category.org.springframework.batch=DEBUG
log4j.category.org.springframework.data.document.mongodb=DEBUG
log4j.category.org.springframework.transaction=INFO

The important configuration to look at aside from host and port is the database and collectionPattern. The variables year, month, day and hour are available for you to use in forming a collection name. This is to support the common convention of grouping log information in a collection that corresponds to a specific time period, for example a collection per day.

There is also an applicationId which is put into the stored message. The document stored from logging as the following keys: level, name, applicationId, timestamp, properties, traceback, and message.

11. JMX support

The JMX support for MongoDB exposes the results of executing the 'serverStatus' command on the admin database for a single MongoDB server instance. It also exposes an administrative MBean, MongoAdmin which will let you perform administrative operations such as drop or create a database. The JMX features build upon the JMX feature set available in the Spring Framework. See here for more details.

11.1. MongoDB JMX Configuration

Spring’s Mongo namespace enables you to easily enable JMX functionality

Example 45. XML schema to configure MongoDB
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<beans xmlns="http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans"
  xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"
  xmlns:context="http://www.springframework.org/schema/context"
  xmlns:mongo="http://www.springframework.org/schema/data/mongo"
  xsi:schemaLocation="
    http://www.springframework.org/schema/context
    http://www.springframework.org/schema/context/spring-context-3.0.xsd
    http://www.springframework.org/schema/data/mongo
    http://www.springframework.org/schema/data/mongo/spring-mongo-1.0.xsd
    http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans/spring-beans-3.0.xsd">

    <!-- Default bean name is 'mongo' -->
    <mongo:mongo host="localhost" port="27017"/>

    <!-- by default look for a Mongo object named 'mongo' -->
    <mongo:jmx/>

    <context:mbean-export/>

    <!-- To translate any MongoExceptions thrown in @Repository annotated classes -->
    <context:annotation-config/>

    <bean id="registry" class="org.springframework.remoting.rmi.RmiRegistryFactoryBean" p:port="1099" />

    <!-- Expose JMX over RMI -->
    <bean id="serverConnector" class="org.springframework.jmx.support.ConnectorServerFactoryBean"
        depends-on="registry"
        p:objectName="connector:name=rmi"
        p:serviceUrl="service:jmx:rmi://localhost/jndi/rmi://localhost:1099/myconnector" />

</beans>

This will expose several MBeans

  • AssertMetrics

  • BackgroundFlushingMetrics

  • BtreeIndexCounters

  • ConnectionMetrics

  • GlobalLoclMetrics

  • MemoryMetrics

  • OperationCounters

  • ServerInfo

  • MongoAdmin

This is shown below in a screenshot from JConsole

jconsole

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