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    An asynchronous server for Dodex, Dodex-input and Dodex-mess using the Quarkus Supersonic Subatomic Java Framework.

    Install Assumptions

    1. Java 11 or higher installed with JAVA_HOME set.
    2. Gradle 6+ installed. If you have sdkman installed, execute sdk install gradle 6.9 otherwise executing gradlew should install gradle.
    3. The npm javascript package manager installed.

    Note: The static directory was changed from src/main/resources/static to src/main/resources/META-INF/resources in compliance with v2.5.

    Getting Started

    1. npm install dodex-quarkus or download from If you use npm install, move node_modules/dodex-quarkus to an appropriate directory.

    2. cd <install directory>/dodex-quarkus/src/main/resources/META-INF/resources and execute npm install --save to install the dodex modules.

    3. cd <install directory>/dodex-quarkus and execute gradlew quarkusDev. This should install java dependencies and startup the server in development mode against the default sqlite3 database. In this mode, any modifications to java source will be recompiled(refresh browser page to recompile).

    4. Execute url http://localhost:8089/test in a browser.

    5. You can also run http://localhost:8089/test/bootstrap.html for a bootstrap example.

    6. Follow instructions for dodex at and

    7. The Cassandra database has been added via an Akka micro-service. See;

    8. Added Cassandra database to the React demo allowing the login component to use Cassandra.

    9. See the Firebase section for using Google's Firestore backend.

      Note: In dev mode(gradlew quarkusDev), when modifying Java code, all you have to do is refresh the browser window. You can also use gradlew run to set ENVIRONMENT variables first.

      See: Single Page React Section below on using Dodex in an SPA.


    1. Execute gradlew tasks to view all tasks.

    2. Building the Production Uber jar

      1. Before running the Uber jar for production, do: (graalvm requires the Uber jar)
        • Make sure that the spa react javascript is installed. Execute npm install in the src/spa-react directory.
        • cd to src/spa-react/devl & execute gulp prod or gulp prd (bypasses tests) or npx gulp prod
        • npm install must also populate the node_modules directory in src/main/resources/META-INF/resources
        • (optional) rm src/spa-react/node_modules (makes a smaller uber jar)
      2. Execute ./gradlew quarkusBuild -Dquarkus.package.type=uber-jar to build the production fat jar.
    3. Execute java -jar build/dodex-quarkus-2.1.0-runner.jar to startup the production server.

    4. Execute url http://localhost:8088/ddex/index.html or .../ddex/bootstrap.html in a browser. Note; This is a different port and url than development. Also Note; The default database on the backend is "Sqlite3", no further configuation is necessay. Dodex-quarkus also has Postgres/Cubrid/Mariadb/DB2/H2 implementations. See <install directory>/dodex-quarkus/src/main/resources/database_config.json for configuration.

    5. Swapping among databases; Use environment variable DEFAULT_DB by setting it to either sqlite3 ,postgres, cubrid, mariadb, ibmdb2, h2, cassandra, firebase or set the default database in database_config.json.

    6. When Dodex-quarkus is configured for the Cubrid database, the database must be created using UTF-8. For example cubrid createdb dodex en_US.utf8.

    7. The dodex server has an auto user clean up process. See application-conf.json and for configuration. It is turned off by default. Users and messages may be orphaned when clients change a handle when the server is offline.

    Java Linting with PMD

    • Run gradlew pmdMain and gradlew pmdTest to verify code using a subset of PMD rules in dodexstart.xml
    • Reports can be found in build/reports/pmd

    Single Page React Application to demo Development and Integration Testing


    • Executing gradlew quarkusDev defaults to debug mode.
    • Tested with VSCode, the launch.json =
                "type": "java",
                "name": "Debug (Launch) - Dodex",
                "request": "attach",
                "hostName": "localhost",
                "port": 5005

    Test Dodex

    1. Make sure the demo Java-quarkus server is running in development mode.
    2. Test Dodex-mess by entering the URL localhost:8089/test/index.html in a browser.
    3. Ctrl+Double-Click a dial or bottom card to popup the messaging client.
    4. To test the messaging, open up the URL in a different browser and make a connection by Ctrl+Double-Clicking the bottom card. Make sure you create a handle.
    5. Enter a message and click send to test.
    6. For dodex-input Double-Click a dial or bottom card to popup the input dialog. Allows for uploading, editing and removal of private content. Content in JSON can be defined as arrays to make HTML more readable.

    Native execution with Graalvm

    The quarkus documentation can be found at:

    A quick start (Assuming graalvm 21+ is installed and configured with native-image):

    The Quarkus Method: Execute gradlew build -Dquarkus.package.type=native. The additional arguments are in (quarkus.native.additional-build-args). The build fails with numerious errors.

    The Old Fashion Method: Execute the supplied script - dodexvm11. This will build an executable named dmo.fs.quarkus.Server. This script should work, however it uses the fallback javaVM.

    Docker, Podman and Minikube(Kubernetes)

    • Assumes docker, podman and minikube are installed
    1. Building an image and container with docker

      1. cd to the dodex-quarkus install directory

      2. make sure dodex and the spa-react node_modules and application are installed

        • in src/main/resources/META-INF/resources execute npm install
        • in src/spa-react execute npm install
        • startup Quarkus in dev mode - gradlew quarkusDev
        • in src/spa-react/devl execute gulp prod or gulp prd
        • stop the quarkus server - ctrl-c or enter q
        • build the production uber jar - ./gradlew quarkusBuild -Dquarkus.package.type=uber-jar
        • verify the jar's name - if different than dodex-quarkus-2.1.0-runner.jar, change in ./kube/Dockerfile
      3. execute docker build -t dodex-quarkus:latest -f kube/Dockerfile .

      4. execute docker create -t -p 8088:8088 --name dodex_quarkus dodex-quarkus

      5. execute docker start dodex_quarkus

      6. use browser to view - http://localhost:8088/ddex or http://localhost:8088/ddex/bootstrap/html, if the spa-react was installed this link should work, http://localhost:8088/dist/react-fusebox/appl/testapp.html

      7. execute docker stop dodex_quarkus

      8. to clean-up execute docker rm dodex_quarkus and docker rmi dodex-quarkus

      9. to pull and generate a local image from the docker hub, execute docker build -t dodex-quarkus:latest -f kube/quarkus/Dockerfile .

    2. Building an image and container with podman

      1. generate an empty pod execute podman pod create -n quarkus-pod -p
      2. generate a container execute podman create -t --pod quarkus-pod --name quarkus_server dodex-quarkus:latest Note; if there is not a local image, use dufferdo2/dodex-quarkus:latest to pull from the docker hub.
      3. start the container execute podman start quarkus_server
      4. view in browser
      5. to clean-up execute podman stop quarkus_server, podman rm quarkus_server, podman pod rm quarkus-pod
      6. before cleaning up, generate a yaml file for minikube, execute podman generate kube quarkus_pod > quarkus.yml
    3. Building a deployment and service with minikube

    • minikube can be forced to pull from a local registry, however for this exercise minikube pulls from the docker hub, dufferdo/dodex-quarkus

      1. execute minikube start
      2. create a deployment with auto generated pod, execute kubectl create deployment quarkus-depl --image=dufferdo2/dodex-quarkus:latest
      3. create a service from deployment, execute kubectl expose deploy quarkus-depl --name=quarkus-service --port 8088 --target-port 8088 --type=NodePort
      4. to find the generated pod name, execute kubectl get pod
      5. to run in default browser, execute minikube service quarkus-service
      6. to get the ip:port to use, execute minikube service quarkus-service --url
      7. view in browser
      8. clean-up execute kubectl delete svc quarkus-service, kubectl delete deploy quarkus-depl, docker rmi dufferdo/dodex-quarkus
      9. execute minikube stop

      Note; From the the above quarkus.yml file, a pod can be created, execute kubectl create -f quarkus.yml and the service kubectl expose po quarkus-pod --name=quarkus-service --port 8088 --target-port 8088 --type=NodePort. Make sure the image entry in quarkus.yml is image: dufferdo2/dodex-quarkus:latest. Optionally add the following after image:... - imagePullPolicy: IfNotPresent. If not working, try kubectl port-forward svc/quarkus-service 8088:8088 and view with localhost:8088. Depending on your setup, the following may be needed; eval $(minikube -p minikube docker-env)


    • Create an account:
    • Getting started:
    • Make sure you create a Service-Account-Key.json file as instructed. Dodex-Vertx uses the environment variable option to set the service-account - GOOGLE_APPLICATION_CREDENTIALS. See as one way to set it.
    • You will need to login to the Firebase console and create the dodex-firebase project. See src/main/java/dmo/fs/router/ for usage of the project-id and Google Credentials. Note; The Firebase rules are not used, so they should be set to allow read, write: if false; which may be the default.
    • You only need the Authentication and Firestore extensions.
    • If you want a different project name, change .firebaserc.
    • Gradle for development can set the GOOGLE_APPLICATION_CREDENTIALS environment variable if you exec gradlew run instead of gradlew quarkusDev. Don't forget to modify the build.gradle file with the location of your Service-Account-Key.json file.

    Firebase Testing

    • To make sure your project is created and the setup works, you should run the tests. Note; They are written in Typescript.
    • cd ../dodex-vertx/src/firebase and run npm install
    • execute npm run emulators to startup the emulators for testing.
    • To test the model and rules after starting the emulators, in a different terminal window, run npm test.


    • See for usage.
    • To use a docker with apoc you can try: Note: this has --privileged set.
      docker run \
      -p 7474:7474 -p 7687:7687 \
      -v $PWD/neo4j/data:/neo4j/data -v $PWD/neo4j/plugins:/neo4j/plugins \
      --name neo4j-apoc \
      --privileged \
      -e 'NEO4J_AUTH=neo4j/secret' \
      -e NEO4J_apoc_export_file_enabled=true \
      -e NEO4J_apoc_import_file_enabled=true \
      -e NEO4J_apoc_import_file_use__neo4j__config=true \
      -e NEO4JLABS_PLUGINS=\[\"apoc\"\] \
      -e NEO4J_dbms_security_procedures_unrestricted=apoc.\\\* \

    To restart and stop: docker start neo4j-apoc and docker stop neo4j-apoc

    The Neo4j was tested with the apoc install, however the database should work without it.

    Simply execute export DEFAULT_DB=neo4j to use, after database setup.

    Dodex Monitoring

    Getting Started

    • Apache Kafka must be installed.

      • Kafka Quickstart - A container should also work
      • .../config/ should be modified if using a local install
        • advertised.listeners=PLAINTEXT://localhost:9092
        • num.partitions=2 # at least 2
      • local startup
        • ./bin/ config/
        • ./bin/ config/
    • Setup Quarkus for Kafka

      • set environment variable DODEX_KAFKA=true
      • Modify Quarkus file
        • uncomment the mp.messaging entries
        • modify the server entries if necessary
      • startup Quarkus - the monitor should work with any of the databases
      • the monitor configuation can be found in application-conf.json
    • Monitor Dodex

      • in a browser enter localhost:8089/monitor or localhost:8088/monitor in production.
      • as dodex messaging executes the events should be recorded.
      • in the browser's developer tools console execute stop(); and start(); to stop/start the polling. Polling is started by default.

      Note; you can open the messaging dialog with ctrl-doubleclick on the dials




    This project is licensed under the MIT License - see the LICENSE file for details


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