Building Java Functions

With the JVM environment there is now support to use Java functions in Fission. This tutorial explains about the working and some inner details of the way Java functions work in Fission.

To see this Java support in action, we are going to build a simple “Hello World” function with the JVM environment. This example can also be found in examples directory on GitHub.

JVM Environment

The JVM environment in Fission is based on Spring boot and Spring web frameworks. Spring boot & web is already loaded in JVM and if you are using this dependency, you can mark it at provided scope. The environment loads the function code from JAR file during specialization and then executes it.

Fission contract

A function needs to implement the io.fission.Function class and override the call method. The call method receives the RequestEntity and Context as inputs and needs to return ResponseEntity object. Both RequestEntity and ResponseEntity are from org.springframework.http package and provide a fairly high level and rich API to interact with request and response.

ResponseEntity call(RequestEntity req, Context context);

The Context object is a placeholder to interact with the platform and provide information about the platform to the code. This also is a extension mechanism to provide more information to runtime code in future.

Building a function

Source code & test

The function code responds with “Hello World” in response body.

public class HelloWorld implements Function {

	public ResponseEntity<?> call(RequestEntity req, Context context) {
		return ResponseEntity.ok("Hello World!");


Project & dependencies with Maven

First you have to define the the basic information about the function:



You will have to add two dependencies which are provided by the function runtime, so both them of scope as provided.


One of the key things when packaging the Java function is to package it as a uber/fat JAR so that the class and all other dependencies are packaged with function. For that you can use maven-assembly-plugin:

	<id>make-assembly</id> <!-- this is used for inheritance merges -->
	<phase>package</phase> <!-- bind to the packaging phase -->

Lastly since the fission-java-core is currently in the snapshot release, you need to explicitely add the sonatype repository which is where it is published.


Building the package

For building the source Java code with Maven, you either need Maven and Java installed locally or you can use the helper script which builds the code inside a docker image which has those dependencies.

$ docker run -it --rm  -v "$(pwd)":/usr/src/mymaven -w /usr/src/mymaven maven:3.5-jdk-8 mvn clean package

At this stage we assume that build succeeded and you have the JAR file of the function ready.

Deploying the function

First you will need to create an environment. The extract flag is important for Java based applications packaged as JAR file. This flag will ensure that the fetcher won’t extract the JAR file into a directory. Currently JVM environment only supports version 2 & above so we specify the environment version as 2

$ fission env create --name jvm --image fission/jvm-env --version 2 --extract=false

When creating the function we provide the JAR file built in earlier steps and the environment. The entrypoint signifies the fully qualified name of the class which implements the Fission’s Function interface.

$ fission fn create --name hello --deploy target/hello-world-1.0-SNAPSHOT-JAR-with-dependencies.JAR --env jvm --entrypoint io.fission.HelloWorld

Lastly you can create a route and test that the function works!

$ fission route create --function hello --url /hellon --method GET

$ curl $FISSION_ROUTER/hello
Hello World!

What’s next