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How to work with CompletableFuture with SpringBoot for restful service

user3887 Published in July 17, 2018, 12:00 am

I am facing trouble to understand how an async method works in SpringBoot.

Consider I am implementing a micro-service to get the Current, In-process or SoldOff Property of a user or All, depending on the query parameter from the user. I am calling two methods which calls sql scripts to give me the answer. I want to run those methods Asynchronously as it can take time.


public class PropertyService {

  public PropertyVO getPropertySummary() {

        CompletableFuture<List<Property>> currentProperty = null;
        CompletableFuture<List<Property>> soldProperty = null;
        CompletableFuture<List<Property>> inProcessProperty = null;

        CompletableFuture<List<Property>> allProperty = null;

        if(status.equals("ALL")) {

            allProperty = propertyDAO.getAllProperty(userId);

        }else {

            String[] statuses = status.split(",");

            for (String st : statuses) {

                if (st.equals("CURRENT")) {

                    currentProperty = propertyDAO.getCurrentProperty(userId);

                } else if (st.equals("SOLD")) {

                    soldProperty = propertyDAO.getSoldProperty(userId);

                } else if (st.equals("IN-Process")) {

                    inProcessProperty = propertyDAO.getInProcessProperty(userId);

            // Do I need this? How would it work when user just needs CURRENT and SOLD. Will it get stuck on IN-PROCESS?
            // CompletableFuture.allOf(currentProperty,soldProperty,inProcessProperty).join();

        // Will it wait here for the above methods to run?
        List<Property> allPropertyList = getResult(allProperty);

        List<Property> currentPropertyList = getResult(currentProperty);
        List<Property> soldPropertyList = getResult(soldProperty);
        List<Property> inProcessPropertyList = getResult(inProcessProperty);

        ..... return Object Property

  private List<Property> getResult(final CompletableFuture<List<Property>> completableFuture) {

        if(completableFuture == null) {
            return Lists.newArrayList();

        return completableFuture.get(30,TIMEUNIT.SEC);


class PropertyRepository {

 @Transactional(readOnly = true)
 public CompletableFuture<List<Property>> getCurrentProperty(int userId) {

     String query = sqlRetriever.getQueryByKey("SQL_GET_CURRENT_PROPERTY");

     return CompletableFuture.completedFuture(getNamedParameterJdbcTemplate().query(query,new PropertyMapper()));

public class SpringBootApp {

     * The entry point into the application.
     * @param args
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        SpringApplication.run(SpringBootApp.class, args).close();

    public Executor asyncExecutor() {
        ThreadPoolTaskExecutor executor = new ThreadPoolTaskExecutor();
        return executor;


  • Will this asynchronous call work?
  • Do I need to use the join method of CompletableFuture? It may happen that other CompletebleFuture instances can be null, if not
    provided through query parameter. for eg, User only provides CURRENT.
  • Do I need to mention @EnableAsync and asyncExecutor?

Any Help would be appreciated, I read through all the notes online but I am still confused a little. I cannot run it locally because i still do not have a full fledged code.

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