Spring Boot Microservices , Docker and Kubernetes workshop – part2

In the previous post we created our first micro service “ProductService” using SpringBoot and Docker.

In this part we will go into details of how to manage multiple microservices using Spring Cloud and netflix libraries.

For our order management system, let’s say,  a minimal relationship could be something like this :

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So, let’s build 2 more services called “orderService” and “customerService” in the similar manner how we build the “productService”.


To create an order, we would provide the following in the request :

  • customerId
  • a list of items with productIds and quantity
  • Lets see how to do that :

        public Order save(@RequestBody CustomerOrderRequest request) {
            return orderRepository.save(Order
        private List toItems(List items) {
            return items.stream().map(item -> Item.builder().productId(item.getProductId())

    Here, we are saving customerId, list of items with productIds into the orderService database.

    Order Details
    For fetching the complete order Details we would need the customer details and the product details. The result would look something like this :

    	"orderId": "1234",
    	"externalReference": "234257hf",
    	"customer": {
    		"id": 123,
    		"firstName": "anirudh",
    		"lastName": "bhatnagar",
    		"phone": "21323",
    		"email": "test@test.com",
    		"address": {
    			"addressLine1": "123",
    			"addressLine2": "pwe",
    			"city": "Syd",
    			"state": "NSW",
    			"country": "Aus",
    			"postcode": 2000
    	"createdDate": "2018-11-12",
    	"items": [{
    		"product": {
    			"id": 123,
    			"name": "Nike Shoes",
    			"description": "Mens shoes",
    			"price": "100",
    			"sku": "1234"
    		"quantity": 3
    	"totalOrderCost": "300.00",
    	"totalOrderTax": "30.00"

    In order to get this information, the order service would need to make a call to product service and customer service. 

    Fetching Product details from ProductService in Order Service
    To get product details from ProductService, we would need a running product service and a client in orderController to make a http GET call to ProductService.
    For the httpClient we would use OpenFeign an http client library by Netflix, this is available as part of spring-cloud starter.
    So lets add that dependency in our build.gradle file :

    dependencyManagement {
    	imports {
    		mavenBom "org.springframework.cloud:spring-cloud-dependencies:${springCloudVersion}"

    Now that we have added the dependency, we would need to create a proxy interface called “ProductServiceProxy” using @FeignClient :

    @FeignClient(name = "product-service", url = "localhost:8001")
    public interface ProductServiceProxy {
        Product getProduct(@PathVariable("id") Long id);

    We’ve added the annotation @FeignClient to the interface and configured the name and url of the product service.
    We also need to enable Feign client for our application by adding another annotation in our main class:

    public class OrderServiceApplication {

    Finally, we need to make the call to product service running at localhost port 8001 to fetch product details using product id provided in order and populate the order details response object :

        public CustomerOrderDetails getOrders(@PathVariable("id") Long orderId) {
            final Order order = orderRepository.findById(orderId).orElse(null);
            if (order == null) {
                return null;
            return toCustomerOrderDetails(order);
        private CustomerOrderDetails toCustomerOrderDetails(Order order) {
            return CustomerOrderDetails.builder()
        private List<com.anirudhbhatnagar.orderService.dto.product.Item> toItemList(List<Item> items) {
            return items.stream().map(item -> toItemDto(item)).collect(Collectors.toList());
        private com.anirudhbhatnagar.orderService.dto.product.Item toItemDto(Item item) {
            return com.anirudhbhatnagar.orderService.dto.product.Item

    If you look at the above code carefully,


    This is what is happening here :

  • A GET call is made to orderService to obtain order details.
  • Using the orderId provided, we find order saved in the order service database.
  • Then, in order to populate product details inside the items in the order, we make a call to productService and populate a orderDetails response object.

  • Test it
    Once the orderService is up and running on port 8002 and productService is running at port 8001. We can test our application:
    Make sure there are some products created using product service, as described in previous blog.
    Note down the productId which you created in your product service and lets create a new order using the same :
    Do a POST on http://localhost:8002/orders using postman, with the request as given below :

    "customerId" : "123",
    "externalReference" : "1234567",
    "items" : [{
    	"productId" : 1,
    	"quantity" : 2

    This will create a new order, note down the order Id obtained from the response.
    Now lets fetch the order details using this order Id :
    Do a GET on http://localhost/8002/orders/{order-id}, this should return you the following response :

        "orderId": 12,
        "externalReference": "1234567",
        "customer": null,
        "createdDate": null,
        "items": [
                "product": {
                    "id": "1",
                    "name": "Nike",
                    "description": "Shoes",
                    "price": "100",
                    "sku": "1234"
                "quantity": 2
        "totalOrderCost": "200"

    So, here we saw how order service made a request to product service and populated the response object.
    However, we still see customer as “null”, So in order to populate the customer details, we would need fetch it from Customer Service.
    In order to set up Customer Service we would do the following :
    1. Set up Customer Service in similar way how we did for product or order service using Spring initializer.
    2. Set up Proxy client Service in OrderService
    3. Call CustomerService from Order Controller to populate customer details inside the Order Details response object.
    If everything is working fine, we should see the customer details as well.

    Currently, we have hardcoded the URLs of the services in order service, but ideally they would need to be dynamically discovered.
    So, in the next section, we will add “Service Discovery” and “load balancing” to our 3 microservices.

    The entire source code can be referenced here.


    6 thoughts on “Spring Boot Microservices , Docker and Kubernetes workshop – part2

    1. we will add “Service Discovery” and “load balancing” to our 3 microservices. please add serviceDiscovery microservice code.

    2. can u give one example for how to registry springboot service on azure kubernetes and ingress loadbalancer

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