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Users of the extension providing Spring MVC support for Web Services.

Summary: This document provides basic information about the extension providing Spring MVC support for Web Services.

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What's new?

Please see Spring MVC 1.7 - Release Notes for more information.


This extension provides support for Spring MVC.

In what situation should you install this extension?

The main purpose of this extension is to create HTTP API entry points for JEE back-end applications that are used to create REST API Services. If you need to have links from a Client Front-end (see examples below) to the Spring MVC/JEE Back-end you should install this extension.

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The SpringMVC framework is responsible of receiving all incoming HTTP requests and processing them by passing the requests to the relevant java component (controllers). The Spring analyzer will create Spring MVC Operation objects to represent these web services and links to Java objects to represent the posterior processing.

In SpringMVC, the rules mapping requests (URLs) to particular actions (methods inside controllers) can be configured with the help of handler mappings. The most common are:

Handler mapping


RequestMappingHandlerMapping uses annotations to configuration web services configuration. The rest are usually configured via .xml files. 

The supported controllers are: AbstractController, BaseCommandController, AbstractFormController, SimpleFormController, CancellableFormController, AbstractWizardFormController, AbstractCommandController, 
AbstractUrlViewController, UrlFilenameViewController, ParameterizableViewController, ServletForwardingController, ServletWrappingController, MultiActionController (we highlight in red the deprecated controllers as of Spring 3.0, in favor of annotated controllers).

We further support mapping via resolution of method names and query parameters (methodNameResolver, and ParameterMethodNameResolver).


This extension handles Spring MVC Web Services used in JEE applications, for example:

public class UserController {
    @RequestMapping(method = RequestMethod.GET, produces = "application/json; charset=utf-8")
    public PagedResources<UserResource> collectionList(...){

For each class annotated with

the following will be done:

Basic case @RequestMapping

The following Java code

public class HomeController {
    public String method0(){
        return "method0";


will generate:

Several urls

The following Java code:

public class HomeController {
    public String method1(){
        return "method1";


will generate one operation per url mapping:

Several methods

The following Java code:

public class HomeController {
    @RequestMapping(value="/method3", method={RequestMethod.POST,RequestMethod.GET})
    public String method3(){
        return "method3";

will generate one operation per receiving method:

Spring 4 annotations

The syntax @GetMapping, @PostMapping, @PutMapping, @DeleteMapping, @PatchMapping are supported. Example with the following Java code:

public class CustomerRestController {
    public List getCustomers() {
        // ...

    public ResponseEntity deleteCustomer(@PathVariable Long id) {
        // ...

will generate:

Property evaluation

 Properties used inside annotations are evaluated by looking them into properties file. Example with the following Java code:

public class HomeController {
    public String method0(){
        return "method0";


With properties file:


will generate:


The SimpleUrlHandlerMapping mapping class allows to specify the mapping of URL patterns to handlers (methods of Controllers). This class can be declared using XML bean definitions in at least three different ways as shown below (all of them being supported). Only the servlet XML files explicitly or implictly (default) referenced in the web.xml deployment configuration file are considered.  For each URL path we will create a different Spring MVC Any Operation object. 

Method 1
<beans ...>
	<bean class="org.springframework.web.servlet.handler.SimpleUrlHandlerMapping">
  	<property name="urlMap">
                <entry key="/home.htm">
                  <ref local="homeController"/>

	<bean id="homeController" class="com.castsoftware.example.HomeController" />		
Method 2
<beans ...>	
	<bean class="org.springframework.web.servlet.handler.SimpleUrlHandlerMapping">
	   <property name="mappings">
	<bean id="homeController" class="com.castsoftware.example.HomeController" />		
Method 3
<beans ...>	
	<bean class="org.springframework.web.servlet.handler.SimpleUrlHandlerMapping">
	   <property name="mappings">
            <prop key="home.htm">homeController</prop>
	<bean id="homeController" class="com.castsoftware.example.HomeController" />		

In addition we can have further mapping to specific methods of a Controller through the methodNameResolver property.

<bean id="manageSomeController"
    class="com.cingular.km.lbs.gearsadmin.web.controller.DTVAddressDataController ">
    <property name="methodNameResolver">
         <property name="mappings">
             <prop key="/*/deleteAddress">deleteAddress</prop>

Creation of links between web service operations and controller methods

When defining a URL mapping to a given controller class, each type of controller (determined by its ancestors) can have a set of overridden methods to further customize the response behavior to a URL loading. These methods are usually called by the framework itself (such as onSubmit in the SimpleFormController). The com.castsoftware.springmvc analyser will create a callLink from the Spring MVC Any Operation object and to each of the overridden methods of the corresponding controller. Potential overriding of default intra-method calls is ignored. When using the XML property PropertiesMethodNameResolver, the CallLinks are created to the explicitly referenced callback methods (custom methods added to the controller class). For example, returning to the code snippet above illustrating the use of the methodNameResolver property, we can observe a reference to the method of the controller defined below:

public class DTVAddressDataController extends MultiActionController {

    public ModelAndView deleteAddress(HttpServletRequest request, HttpServletResponse response) throws Exception {

The corresponding link would appear as below:

Note that the Spring MVC Any Operation will be created below the same Java File (denoted by the Belong link) where the referenced controller is found. In addition to the above mentioned links, a callLink from the Spring MVC Any Operation object to the controller class' constructor method (if present) will be created when using the above mentioned Method 1-2-3 mapping approaches.

Support of BeanNameUrlHandlerMapping, ControllerClassNameHandlerMapping

These similarly work by configuring web services via xml files (web.xml, dispatcher-servlet.xml, ...) as SimpleUrlHandlerMapping (see above), but with different rules. 

Support of thymeleaf

The following syntaxes are supported for thymeleaf templating:

      <form ... th:action="@{/seedstartermng}"... method="post">

Will create a link from the HTML5 content to a call to a webservice with url '/seedstartermng'

'th:href' are also supported:

<... th:href="@{/css/stsm.css}"/>

Support for User Input Security

Service entry points are created automatically for applications that have a presentation layer based on SpringMVC with @RequestMapping (and associated annotations) usage. This can be seen in the analysis log file as follows:

2018-09-13 10:00:40,148 INFO SecurityAnalyzer.FlawAnalysisEnvironment LoadBlackboxesForApplication cast#spec cast#lib SpringMVCServiceEntryPoints

This corresponds to the generation of a file in the following location:


Note that while the ServiceEntryPoints.blackbox.xml file is generated when the extension is used with any release of CAST AIP, it will only be exploited by the CAST User Input Security feature in CAST AIP  8.3.3.

Function Point, Quality and Sizing support

This extension provides the following support:

Function Points
Quality and Sizing

CAST AIP compatibility

This extension is compatible with:

CAST AIP release
7.3.4 and all higher 7.3.x releases(tick)

Supported DBMS servers

This extension is compatible with the following DBMS servers:



(tick)An installation of any compatible release of CAST AIP (see table above)

Dependencies with other extensions

Some CAST extensions require the presence of other CAST extensions in order to function correctly. The Spring MVC extension requires that the following other CAST extensions are also installed:

Note that when using the CAST Extension Downloader to download the extension and the Manage Extensions interface in CAST Server Manager to install the extension, any dependent extensions are automatically downloaded and installed for you. You do not need to do anything.

Download and installation instructions

Please see:

The latest release status of this extension can be seen when downloading it from the CAST Extend server.

CAST Transaction Configuration Center (TCC) Entry Points

In Spring MVC ≥ 1.3.x, if you are using the extension with CAST AIP ≥ 8.3.x, a set of Spring MVC specific Transaction Entry Points are now automatically imported when the extension is installed. These Transaction Entry Points will be available in the CAST Transaction Configuration Center:

Manual import action for CAST AIP ≤ 8.2.x

  • Locate the .TCCSetup file in the extension folder: Configuration\TCC\Base_Java_SpringMVC.TCCSetup
  • In the CAST Transaction Configuration Center, ensure you have selected the Templates node:

  • This .TCCSetup file is to be imported into the CAST Transaction Calibration Center using either the:
    • File > Import Configuration menu option:

    • Or right clicking on the Template node and selecting Import Configuration:

  • The import of the "Base_Java_SpringMVC.TCCSetup" file will provide you with a sample Transaction Entry point in the Free Definition node under Templates:

  • Now right click the "Standard Entry Point" item and select copy:

  • Paste the item into the equivalent node under the Application, for example, below we have copied it into the Application MEUDON:

  • Repeat for any additional items or generic sets that have been imported from the .TCCSetup file.

Packaging, delivering and analyzing your source code

Once the extension is installed, no further configuration changes are required before you can package your source code and run an analysis. The process of packaging, delivering and analyzing your source code does not change in any way:

Log messages


Message IDMessage Type

Logged during

SPMVC-001WarningAnalysisVariousNoneContact CAST Technical Support
SPMVC-002WarningAnalysisA property could not be found so we could not determine the name of a service.Provide properties file with the value

Regular logs

We inform about duplicated entries in servlet configuration files and whether multiple controllers are associated for a single URL path (we don't filter mappings by order priorities).

Info : [com.castsoftware.springmvc] Found duplicated entry for path: /otherAddress
Info : [com.castsoftware.springmvc] Found duplicated entry for path: /manageAccount
Info : [com.castsoftware.springmvc] Found multiple controllers for path: /addUser

AIA expectations

At the end of the log file you will find a message indicating how many services have been found:

5 Spring-MVC web service operations created.

Note on JEE analyser warnings

The JEE analyser will complain that some annotations specific to SpringMVC are not handled by an environment profile while they are handled by this extension; you can simply ignore these warnings:

Warning MODULMSG ; Job execution    Annotation 'org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.RequestMapping' is not managed in Environment Profiles
Warning MODULMSG ; Job execution    Annotation 'org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.GetMapping' is not managed in Environment Profiles

What results can you expect?

Once the analysis/snapshot generation has completed, HTTP API transaction entry points will be available for use when configuring the CAST Transaction Configuration Center. In addition, you can view the results in the normal manner (for example via CAST Enlighten).

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Note on image: The links of type fire (F) are substituted by callLinks (C) in com.castsoftware.springmvcversions >=1.5.3.


Server side

The following objects are displayed in CAST Enlighten on the Java side:

Spring MVC Delete Operation Service
Spring MVC Get Operation Service
Spring MVC Post Operation Service
Spring MVC Put Operation Service
Spring MVC Port
Spring MVC Service



Known limitations