Configuring Spring Cache Manager with AWS ElastiCache Redis (cluster mode disabled) and Lettuce

We have Spring Boot 2 application that uses Redis as the cache manager. We deploy our application on Amazon AWS where we use AWS ElastiCache Redis service in cluster mode disabled. Our setup includes a Redis master with two Redis slaves. The default Java client for Redis with spring-boot-starter-data-redis dependency is lettuce-core. When you are working with single Redis node with no slaves, using AWS Elastic Cache Redis is as simple as providing the spring.redis.url with the value of AWS ElastiCache Redis instance URL. This was the set up that we were using till a month back. As the load on the system increased we decided to use ElastiCache Redis in replicated setup to scale our reads. In AWS, Redis implements replication in two ways:

  1. With a single shard that contains all of the cluster’s data in each node – Redis (cluster mode disabled)
  2. With data partitioned across up to 15 shards — Redis (cluster mode enabled)

In our case, cached data is less than 1 GB so it fits in RAM of single node. This made us choose cluster mode disabled setup.

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Unit Testing File Upload REST API using Spring MVC MockMvc

Today a colleague asked me how he could unit test a Spring MVC REST resource. I am using Spring MVC test support for some time now so the obvious answer was to use MockMvc. In case you have not used MockMvc, it allows you to declaratively write tests for your Spring MVC controllers. Rather than calling controllers directly, you use the MockMvc fluent API to make a request to a URL and verify the response returned by the API. You can read Spring MVC documentation to learn about MockMvc in detail.

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