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Very simple usage

An instance of GroovyRestlet is the starting point of everything.

You can programmatically create an instance of GroovyRestlet:

Constructor method of #2 indicates that this instance of GroovyRestlet will consult Spring's ApplicationContext when constructing its component. So the Spring integration is done.

Alternatively, you can choose to declare GroovyRestlet in Spring bean definition. By this way, GroovyRestlet will automatically use its parent context when constructing its compoents.

Spring Integration

When Spring's ApplicationContext is provided, GroovyRestlet will try to consult Spring context for creating its components.
Two special attributes are provided for integrating GroovyRestlet and Spring.

  • ofBean: to tell GroovyRestlet that to create a component from Spring context by a bean name;
  • ofClass: to tell GroovyRestlet that to create a component using Spring's AutowireCapableBeanFactory

    GroovyRestlet will only use AutowireCapableBeanFactory to create instance indicated by ofClass when Spring context is provided. Otherwise it will create an instance of that class using Java reflection

Technical detail


As the only entry point of GroovyRestlet, this instance automatically declares a number of global variables in the Groovy context. Users are also be able to provide their special context variables. In order to do that, users can provide a map of customer context when calling build method.

Be careful


This userDefinedContext is only visible for each call of build method. It will be merged into Groovy context and removed after each calling. And variables of userDefinedContext can override values of default context. Be careful when doing this.


RestletBuilder is a simple implementation of Groovy's FactoryBuilderSupport. By default, all constructor factories are registered. Users are able choose which constructors are to be used freely.

To do this programmatically, just set a list of constructor factories after a build instance is created.

Alternatively, you can do this in Spring bean definition

Global variables

For convenience, GroovyRestlet add a number of Restlet-related variables to Groovy global context. Users can directly refer them in there building scrpits.





The reference of a builder



Shortcut to Restlet Protocol



Shortcut to Restlet MediaType



Shortcut to Restlet Status



Shortcut to Restlet ChallengeScheme



Shortcut to mode of Restlet Redirector



Shortcut to mode of Restlet Router



Shortcut to mode of Restlet Transformer



Special shortcut providing a set of global variables and methods


At current moment, you can call global.status(404) to create a CLIENT_ERROR_NOT_FOUND status.


Every constructor is support ofBean and ofClass attributes. The value of ofBean must be a Sting. ofBean is only effected when a Spring context is provided. The value of ofClass can either be a String or an instance of Java Class.

According to Groovy Builders, constructors can be nested to each other. In that case, GroovyRestlet will automatically set up Restlet-specific relationship between parent and child instances. But user can disable this feature by setting autoAttach attribute as false.

In Restlet, the Router.attach method returns a Route instance. In order to do some special process on the Route instance, an attribute postAttach which refers to a Groovy closure is provided. For example:

Another important attribute is uri which indicates a URI Template using by Restlet Router.


The generic constructor for all components of type of Restlet. You can use ofClass attribute to indicate restlet to create an instance of a subtype. When doing that, using attribute consArgs to provide arguments array of corresponding constructor. For example:

Another important attribute of restlet is handle, which refers to a Groovy closure. Once this attribute provided, this closure will override the default handle method of the Restlet.

Sometimes it is necessary to access the instance of Restlet itself. You can do that by appending an additional argument in the closure argument list. GroovyRestlet will automatically pass the calling instance to the closure as shown in above example.


This handle attribute is only effected when neither ofClass nor ofBean attribute is used.


A shortcut to create a Restlet Server. Instance of the nested constructor of a server will become the server's target. If more nested constructors are defined, only the last one will be selected.

  • protocol: the server protocol
  • protocols: a list of server protocols
  • address: the address of server
  • port: the port of server


A shortcut to create a Restlet Client.

  • protocol: the client protocol
  • protocols: a list of client protocols


A shortcut to create a Restlet Component. If no VirtualHost is specified, direct children of component constructor will be attached to Component's default VirtualHost. For example,

Which is equivalent to Java code:


A shortcut to create a Restlet Application. The direct child of application constructor, without attribute autoAttach as false, will be set as the root of the application instance. If more direct nested constructors are defined, only the last one will be selected.


A shortcut to create a Restlet Router. A router constructor can have one or more nested children. Each child will be attached to the router by calling Router.attach method.


A shortcut to create a Restlet Filter.

  • before: a closure to be called when Filter.beforeHandle is called;
  • after: a closure to be called when Filter.afterHandle is called;
  • handle: a closure to be called when Filter.doHandle is called;


A shortcut to create a Restlet Redirector.


A shortcut to create a Restlet Guard.

  • scheme: the challenge scheme, will use ChanllengeScheme.valueOf("None") if no scheme is provided;
  • realm: the authentication realm


A shortcut to create a Restlet Directory. A directory constructor can not nest child.

  • root: the root uri of the Directory


A shortcut to create a Restlet Resource. A resource constructor can not nest child; and it can be nested in filter and router.


resource constructor provides a set of closure attributes for easily handling RESTful calls.

  • store: for handling HTTP PUT method
  • remove: for handling HTTP DELETE method
  • accept: for handling HTTP POST method
  • represent: for handling HTTP GET method
  • head: for handling HTTP HEAD method
  • options: for handling HTTP OPTIONS method

These closures are only effected when no ofClass and ofBean attribute is specified.

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