ZHCET College Management

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A spring boot web MVC project for ZHCET college management



Project Requirements

Note : There are some requirements to be satisfied before the project can be run. These are mostly configurations in the Project itself and thus will require same steps in Windows as well, but for external dependencies, the tutorial will assume that the OS is Linux. Some link for Windows counterpart of instruction may be provided.


Long story short, you need to have JDK8 and PostgreSQL installed for the project. If you are well versed in both technologies and know the steps to satisfy general requirements (PostgreSQL user, database, privileges) for a web project, then you may skip this section entirely to Feature Requirements


Java 8
As evident by the nature of Project, Java SDK (JDK) needs to be installed to develop the project. There are various articles as to how to install it on various operating systems. but I recommend the use of sdkman as it allows to easily download and manage different java versions and does not require you to fiddle with paths and installations. Once you have got sdkman installed, you have to write this command to install latest version of Java (which may be greater than 8 at the time of installation):

sdk install java

If you are facing any difficulty because of the latest version, you can install the specific version(last version tested to work with the project) using this command:

sdk install java 8u144-zulu

Once you have verified the install by running javac -version and java -version that both of them correspond to JDK8, for instance 1.8.0_144, then you are ready to move on.

Note: If you already have existing JDK8 installation or want to install it through any other means, feel free to do so. Just confirm that java and javac commands are on path and correspond to version 8.

For windows users, you may find Windows specific download instructions here


[PostgreSQL 10]()
Last version of PostgreSQL known to work on the project was 10 but any recent version should work as the project only relies on very basic and stable feature set of PostgreSQL. It doesn't matter how you install PostgreSQL and there are countless of tutorials out there for specific Operating Systems, and there is great chance you have it configured already. Verify it by running psql --version

If you don't have it installed, you can follow any of these great guides:

I have provided 2 guides so you can educate yourself by studying the common bits and patterns and some extra stuff that may be available in any one of them. Once you have thoroughly read the above guides, see the steps you have to perform below

The steps to complete the PostgreSQL setup for the project(refer to above guides for specific instructions) are:

create user zhcet with password 'zhcetpass';

Note: It is recommended that you change the password to something else, but if you do change the password, username or database name, you have to override these in application-secrets.yaml

create database zhcet with owner zhcet;

IMPORTANT: DO NOT FORGET to customize at least the username and password of the user you create from this tutorial's example for security purposes. Even if you only deploy the project locally, it is recommended to use different parameters from what is used here.

Once you have performed these steps, verify your user permissions by logging in as the created user and creating and dropping a table. If any of the step was not clear, please revisited the two guides above, as they feature all specific instructions of these steps.

From here, you need to remember the name of database you created, the username and password of the user who has privilege on the database.

For Windows users, please refer to this for installation instructions. All PostgreSQL instructions are same for both operating systems

Feature Requirements

These configurations are optional

There are some additional requirements of the project to enable some features which are optional and not required to run the project, but will throw Runtime Error if they are used:


Email account information is used to send mails though SMTP for various reasons:

If you want to configure email feature for the app, then please produce working email address and password of any email service provider like GMail.

For GMail users, you may need to allow less secure access or create an app password if two factor authentication is enabled for the account. Please verify that you have met such requirements


Firebase is used for:

For Firebase configuration, you need to have:

Their documentation is pretty extensive and there are various resources how to obtain these.


There are various configuration options for Spring Boot Applications, but here I'll demonstrate 2 most popular ones. You can make the same configuration using any of the methods listed here

Simplest way to configure all options for the app would be create a file named application-secrets.yaml in src/main/resources directory with this content:

Note This file is for demonstration purposes, only override values you need to and replace values with real ones. DO NOT COPY PASTE THE ENTIRE FILE. For instance, maybe you don't need to enable email and firebase, but it is shown here how to override all settings for demosnstration.

    url: jdbc:postgresql://localhost:5432/zhcet
    username: zhcet
    password: zhcetpass
    username: [email protected]
    password: emailpassword

  url: http://localhost:8080
    pepper: somerandomstring
    disabled: false
    address: '${spring.mail.username}'
    disabled: false
    config: |
        "apiKey": "AIza...U",
        "authDomain": "some.firebaseapp.com",
        "databaseURL": "https://some.firebaseio.com",
        "projectId": "some",
        "storageBucket": "some.appspot.com",
        "messagingSenderId": "1234"
    service-account: |
        "type": "service_account",
        "project_id": "some",
        "private_key_id": "42456",
        "private_key": "-----BEGIN PRIVATE KEY-----\nrt\n-----END PRIVATE KEY-----\n",
        "client_email": "[email protected]",
        "client_id": "12345",
        "auth_uri": "https://accounts.google.com/o/oauth2/auth",
        "token_uri": "https://accounts.google.com/o/oauth2/token",
        "auth_provider_x509_cert_url": "https://www.googleapis.com/oauth2/v1/certs",
        "client_x509_cert_url": "https://www.googleapis.com/robot/v1/metadata/x509/firebase-adminsdk-some.iam.gserviceaccount.com"

It goes without saying that this file must NEVER be shared or checked into version control. This applies for all the files and environment variables that will be discussed in this section.

To not configure any of the feature, just remove that particular line. but as mentioned above, some requirements are mandatory and some optional

Bonus - You can also configure these properties by setting the environment variables mentioned in each section below. But the general rule is to capitalize each letter and replace . and - by _. This feature is provided by Spring Boot and is mentioned here

All fields required in configuration should be available to you as discussed in previous sections, and if you know how, you can skip to next section but let's go through some examples of them:

Note - Values given below are only for demonstrative puposes and won't work when used

Additional Config

Note - Both these properties have internal default values and don't need to be set but it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to set the pepper value as it is used to hash and verify email unsubscribing link for users and other future internal hashing system. If the default one is used instead of any random secret, anyone can unsubscribe any user's email or much worse depending on where it is used internally. While this is non-crucial while local development, but is extremely unsecure behaviour when used in production

Sentry Config

This is purely optional, and only for those who want to add Sentry support. Add sentry.properties in src/main/resources with general sentry configuration or use any other means of configuring it. Example config:


IMPORTANT - Do not forget to configure this factory as it extracts the actual user IP from X-FORWARDED-FOR header where it is masked by reverse proxies. Not using this may result in filtering of Sentry Event in case reverse proxy masks user IP as localhost and obviouslt the reports about the origin of error will be wrong


First, you need to transpile the javascript files used in the project.

If you plan to work on the JS files, run this command instead:

./gradlew yarn_watch

in a separate terminal

This will detect any changes you make to the JS files and re-transpile them saving manual work.

The project uses Gradle as dependency management system which provides a wrapper, executing which it automatically installs gradle and all required dependencies for the project. Simply running the following command will spawn the embedded Undertow Server with the application on localhost:8080

./gradlew bootRun

To create a JAR file to deploy to the production server, run

./gradlew bootJar

Additional Support

I recommend using IntelliJ Idea for the development as it provides incredible Spring Boot support. You won't be needing to go outside the IDE as it provides these features:

NOTE - Install Lombok plugin to see auto generated code by lombok