This tutorial explains how to run Service Builder and provides an overview of
the code that Service Builder generates. If you’d like to use Service Builder in
your application but haven’t yet created a
service.xml file, please see the
Defining an Object-Relational Map with Service Builder
tutorial and then come back to this one.
Running Service Builder
To build a service from a
service.xml file, you can use Liferay IDE,
Liferay Developer Studio, or use a terminal window. In this tutorial, we refer
to the Event Listing example project that’s referenced throughout the Liferay
Service Builder tutorials. You can find the Event Listing example project on
Now let’s learn how to run Service Builder.
Using Liferay IDE or Developer Studio: From the Package Explorer, open the
service.xml file from your
[plugin-project]/docroot/WEB-INF folder. By
default, the file opens up in the Service Builder Editor. Make sure you are in
Overview mode. Then click the Build Services button near the top-right corner
of the view. The Build Services button has an image of a document with the
numerical sequence 010 in front of it.
Make sure to click the Build Services button and not the Build WSDD button that appears next to it. Building the WSDDs won’t hurt anything, but you’ll generate files for the remote service instead of the local one. For information about WSDDs (web service deployment descriptors), please refer to the Working with SOAP Web Services tutorial.
Another simple way to run Service Builder is to right-click on your project’s name in the Package Explorer and then to select Liferay → Build Services (or, equivalently, Liferay → SDK → build-service).
When you run Service Builder from Liferay IDE or Developer Studio, your IDE
build.[username].properties file in your Plugins SDK, where
[username] is your operating system username. This file is used to specify the
location of a Liferay instance. Your Plugins SDK needs to be configured with the
location of a Liferay instance since it needs to compile your code against
classes on Liferay’s classpath. Here’s a sample
file generated by Liferay IDE:
#Managed by Liferay IDE (remove this comment to prevent future updates) #Wed Jan 21 17:45:20 EST 2015 app.server.tomcat.lib.global.dir = [...]/liferay-portal-[version]/tomcat-7.0.42/lib/ext app.server.tomcat.deploy.dir = [...]/liferay-portal-[version]/tomcat-7.0.42/webapps app.server.parent.dir = [...]/liferay-portal-[version] app.server.tomcat.dir = [...]/liferay-portal-[version]/tomcat-7.0.42 app.server.type = tomcat app.server.tomcat.portal.dir = [...]/liferay-portal-[version]/tomcat-7.0.42/webapps/ROOT
After running Service Builder, the Plugins SDK prints messages listing the
generated files and a message stating
BUILD SUCCESSFUL. More information about
the generated files appears below.
Using the terminal: Open a terminal window and navigate to your Plugins
SDK directory. If a
build.[username].properties does not exist in your Plugins
SDK directory, create one. Don’t edit the
build.properties file itself. Your
build.[username].properties file can override any of the properties specified
build.properties file. In your
build.[username].properties file, add
at least the following line:
app.server.parent.dir = [...]/liferay-portal-[version]
If you’re using a Liferay Tomcat bundle, it’s usually not necessary to override
all of the properties that Liferay IDE and Developer Studio override. Specifying
the value of the
app.server.parent.dir property suffices as long you haven’t
changed the relative locations of the
When you’ve finished configuring your
navigate to your
portlets/event-listing-project-portlet directory and enter
When the service has been successfully generated, a
BUILD SUCCESSFUL message
appears in your terminal window. You should also see that a large number of
files have been generated in your project. These files include a model layer,
service layer, and persistence layer. Don’t worry about the number of generated
files–you’ll never have to customize more than three of them. To review the
code that Service Builder generates for your entities, see the next section.
Understanding the Code Generated by Service Builder
Let’s examine the files Service Builder generates for your entity. Note that the
files listed under Local Service and Remote Service below are only generated for
an entity that has both
remote-service attributes set to
true. Service Builder generates services for these entities in two locations
in your project. These locations use the package path that you specified in your
service.xml file. For the Event Listing project, these two locations are the
contains utility classes and interfaces for the Event Listing project. All the
classes and interfaces in the service folder are packaged in a
event-listing-project-portlet-service.jar, in the project’s
docroot/WEB-INF/lib folder. This
.jar file is generated whenever you run
Service Builder. It’s possible to place this
.jar file on your application
server’s global classpath to make your project’s services available to other
projects. This practice, however, is not recommended. Doing so would allow
portlets in different project, for example, to create, update, and delete Entity
and Location entities. You should seriously consider the security implications
of placing your project’s service
.jar file on your application server’s
global classpath. Do you really want to allow other plugins to access your
docroot/WEB-INF/src/com/liferay/docs/eventlisting package contains the
implementation of the interfaces defined in the
docroot/WEB-INF/service/com/liferay/docs/eventlisting package. It belongs
to the Event Listing project’s classpath but is not available outside the Event
Listing project. Service Builder generates classes and interfaces belonging to
the persistence layer, service layer, and model layer in the
docroot/WEB-INF/src/com/liferay/docs/eventlisting packages. Let’s look at
the classes and interfaces generated for Events. The ones generated for
Locations are similar. You won’t have to customize more than three classes for
each entity. These customizable classes are
EventPersistence: Event persistence interface that defines CRUD methods for the Event entity such as
EventPersistenceImpl: Event persistence implementation class that implements
EventUtil: Event persistence utility class that wraps
EventPersistenceImpland provides direct access to the database for CRUD operations. This utility should only be used by the service layer; in your portlet classes, use
Local Service (generated for an entity only if an entity’s
local-serviceattribute is set to
EventLocalService: Event local service interface.
EventLocalServiceImpl(LOCAL SERVICE IMPLEMENTATION): Event local service implementation. This is the only class in the local service that you should modify manually. You can add custom business logic here. For any custom methods added here, Service Builder adds corresponding methods to the
EventLocalServiceinterface the next time you run it.
EventLocalServiceBaseImpl: Event local service base implementation. This is an abstract class. Service Builder injects a number of instances of various service and persistence classes into this class.
EventLocalServiceUtil: Event local service utility class which wraps
EventLocalServiceImpland serves as the primary local access point to the service layer.
EventLocalServiceWrapper: Event local service wrapper which implements
EventLocalService. This class is designed to be extended and it allows developers to customize the local Event services. Customizing services should be done via a hook plugin.
Remote Service (generated for an entity only if an entity’s
remote-serviceattribute is not set to
EventService: Event remote service interface.
EventServiceImpl(REMOTE SERVICE IMPLEMENTATION): Event remote service implementation. This is the only class in the remote service that you should modify manually. Here, you can write code that adds additional security checks and invokes the local services. For any custom methods added here, Service Builder adds corresponding methods to the
EventServiceinterface the next time you run it.
EventServiceBaseImpl: Event remote service base implementation. This is an abstract class.
EventServiceUtil: Event remote service utility class which wraps
EventServiceImpland serves as the primary remote access point to the service layer.
EventServiceWrapper: Event remote service wrapper which implements
EventService. This class is designed to be extended and it allows developers to customize the remote Event services. Customizing services should be done in a hook plugin.
EventServiceSoap: Event SOAP utility which the remote
EventServiceUtilremote service utility can access.
EventSoap: Event SOAP model, similar to
EventSoapis serializable; it does not implement
EventModel: Event base model interface. This interface and its
EventModelImplimplementation serve only as a container for the default property accessors generated by Service Builder. Any helper methods and all application logic should be added to
EventModelImpl: Event base model implementation.
Event: Event model interface which extends
EventImpl: (MODEL IMPLEMENTATION)Event model implementation. You can use this class to add helper methods and application logic to your model. If you don’t add any helper methods or application logic, only the auto-generated field getters and setters are available. Whenever you add custom methods to this class, Service Builder adds corresponding methods to the
Eventinterface the next time you run it.
EventWrapper: Event wrapper, wraps
Each file that Service Builder generates is assembled from an associated
Freemarker template. You can find Service Builder’s Freemarker templates in the
com.liferay.portal.tools.servicebuilder.dependencies package of Liferay’s
portal-impl/src folder. For example, if you want to find out how a
*ServiceImpl.java file is generated, just look at the
Of all the classes generated by Service Builder, only three should be manually
*Impl. If you manually
modify the other classes, your changes are overwritten the next time you run
Service Builder. Whenever you add methods to, remove methods from, or change a
method signature of a
*ServiceImpl class, or
*Impl class, you should run Service Builder again to regenerate the affected
interfaces and the service JAR.
Running Service Builder and Understanding the Generated Code