5. Develop your own connector

5.1. Define a connector

How to define a connector?

In order to use a new connector, following steps have to be done:

Add the JAR of the connector to the application server classpath (or add it directly to the WEB-INF\lib of deployed web application) Add following lines in the WEB-INF\classes\ folder :

  • Example of bean definition (in file arender-custom-server-integration.xml)

    <bean id="customUrlParser" class="com.arondor.viewer.YourCustomURLParser" />
  • Example of property setup (in file arender-server-custom-<…>.properties)


5.2. Oracle Connector

This part details how to fetch a document stored in Oracle DB Server using sample code based on Spring JDBC.

The aim of this example is to provide ability to visualize a document stored as BLOB in Oracle DB Server. This sample is based on:

  • An URL as:
  • An Oracle schema, named ARende*r, which contains the *T_DOCS table:
  • The ARender dependencies (in WEB-INFlib folder of HMI WEB application) :

    arondor-arender-client-api-2.2.0.jar arondor-arender-rendition-api-2.2.0.jar
    arondor-arender-common-2.2.0.jar arondor-common-io-2.0.0.jar
    arondor-common-mime-2.0.11.jar log4j-1.2.16.jar
    commons-io-1.3.2.jar Spring 3.0.5.RELEASE
    commons-logging-1.1.1.jar ojdbc5- (not supplied by ARender)

5.2.1. URL Parser

The URL parser is the entry point of an ARender connector. This class must implement DocumentServiceURLParser interface.

  • Class variables
// The URL parameter to use to get document reference
private String docRefParameter;
// The SQL request providing document access
private String query;
private PreparedStatement preparedStatement;
private DataSource dataSource;
  • When should ARender enable this connector?
public boolean canParse(DocumentService documentService, ServletContext context, HttpServletRequest request)
   // The connector is enabled/used when ARender URL contains defined parameter
   return request.getParameter(docRefParameter) != null;
  • Document loading
public DocumentId parse(DocumentService documentService, ServletContext context, HttpServletRequest request)
   throws DocumentNotAvailableException, DocumentFormatNotSupportedException
   String docRef = request.getParameter(docRefParameter);
   DocumentId documentId = DocumentIdGenerator.generate(docRef);
   BlobOracleDocumentAccessor oracleDocumentAccessor = new BlobOracleDocumentAccessor(docRef, documentId,
   return documentService.loadDocument(oracleDocumentAccessor);

protected PreparedStatement getOrCreatePreparedStatement()
   if (preparedStatement == null)
         Connection connection = dataSource.getConnection();
         preparedStatement = connection.prepareStatement(getQuery());
      catch (SQLException e)
         LOGGER.error("Could not prepare statement for document fetching", e);
   return preparedStatement;
  • Add getters and setters to let ability to configure this connector
public DataSource getDataSource()
   return dataSource;

public void setDataSource(DataSource dataSource)
   this.dataSource = dataSource;

public String getDocRefParameter()
   return docRefParameter;

public void setDocRefParameter(String docRefParameter)
   this.docRefParameter = docRefParameter;

public String getQuery()
   return query;

public void setQuery(String query)
   this.query = query;
  • Connector Spring configuration
<bean id="oracleURLParser" class="com.arondor.viewer.oracle.OracleURLParser">
   <property name="docRefParameter" value="ref" />
   <property name="query" value="SELECT DOC FROM ARender.T_DOCS WHERE REF=?" />
   <property name="dataSource">
      <bean id="dataSource" class="oracle.jdbc.pool.OracleDataSource" destroy-method="close">
         <property name="connectionCachingEnabled" value="true" />
         <property name="URL" value="jdbc:oracle:thin:@{host}:{port}:{SID}" />
         <property name="user" value="{user}" />
         <property name="password" value="{password}" />

5.2.2. Document content access

In this part, it is detailed how to effectively fetch document from its referential. For this, we use a DAO, BlobOracleDocumentAccessor, implementing DocumentAccessor interface.

  • Content fetching

In order to fetch the stream corresponding to the BLOB file to visualize, the PreparedStatement object, supplied to the constructor, is used:


public DocumentMetadata getDocumentMetadata()
   DocumentMetadata documentMetadata = new DocumentMetadata();
   DocumentProperty docProperty = new DocumentProperty("client", "Client");
   docProperty.setValue("M. Richard Dupond");
   documentMetadata.addDocumentProperty("client", docProperty);
   return documentMetadata;

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5.3. Create a new AnnotationAccessor

When you create your own connector you have to define how to fetch, add, update and remove annotations. To do this ARender offers an API that defines four main methods to implement: create, update, get and delete.

Below the three main steps to initialize your own AnnotationAccessor :

  1. Implement the interface AnnotationAccessor
  2. Create constructors
  3. Methods to implement

5.3.1. Implement the interface AnnotationAccessor

public class CustomAnnotationAccessor implements AnnotationAccessor {

5.3.2. Create constructors

The good practice is to define two constructors.

One default generic constructor, based only on the documentId

public CustomAnnotationAccessor(DocumentService documentService, DocumentId documentId)
    if (documentId == null)
        throw new IllegalArgumentException("Invalid null documentId provided !");
    this.documentId = documentId;

And another one based on the documentAccessor

public CustomAnnotationAccessor(DocumentService documentService, DocumentAccessor documentAccessor)
    this(documentService, documentAccessor.getUUID());

5.3.3. Methods to implement

Method create

This method takes in parameter a list of Annotation that has been created and saved.

Define here where and how to store these new annotations.

public void create(List<com.arondor.viewer.annotation.api.Annotation> annotations)
        throws AnnotationsNotSupportedException, InvalidAnnotationFormatException, AnnotationCredentialsException,

Method update

This method takes in parameter a list of Annotation that has been updated and saved.

Define here where and how to save these updated annotations.

public void update(List<com.arondor.viewer.annotation.api.Annotation> annotations)
        throws AnnotationsNotSupportedException, InvalidAnnotationFormatException, AnnotationNotAvailableException,

Method get

This method returns a list of Annotation to fetch. Define here how to fetch them.

public synchronized List<Annotation> get() throws AnnotationsNotSupportedException,

Method delete

This method takes in parameter a list of Annotation that have been removed. Define here where and how to remove them.

public void delete(List<com.arondor.viewer.annotation.api.Annotation> annotations)
        throws AnnotationsNotSupportedException, InvalidAnnotationFormatException, AnnotationNotAvailableException,

Method getAnnotationCreationPolicy

This method returns an Object AnnotationCreationPolicy defining:

  • If the user can create or not annotations
  • The user stamp catalog
public AnnotationCreationPolicy getAnnotationCreationPolicy()
    return annotationCreationPolicy;

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5.4. Hide parameters from the URL

ARender offers a way to hide parameters.

5.5. Get the built document

The documentBuilder is the ARender flagship feature. (More informations here: DocumentBuilder). Save a built document implies, by default, the download of the document on the client side.

It is possible to override this behavior, to fetch the built content and ofr exemple transfer it to a WebService. To do this, ARender has a dedicated API that define an interface to implement: DocumentAccessorHasUpdateContent.

Below an implementation example:

public DocumentAccessor updateDocumentContent(DocumentService documentService, DocumentId documentId,
        AlterContentDescription alterContentDescription)
        throws DocumentNotAvailableException, IOException, AlterContentOperationNotSupportedException,
        DocumentFormatNotSupportedException, AlterContentOperationException
    // this method is called to update the current DocumentAccessor content with the build document content
    // the built documentId is provided in the documentId parameter.
    DocumentAccessor modifiedDocument = getDocumentAccessorSourceToUpdate(documentService, documentId);
    switch (alterContentDescription.getContentUpdateBehavior())
        saveNewDocument(modifiedDocument, true);
    return modifiedDocument;

protected DocumentAccessor getDocumentAccessorSourceToUpdate(DocumentService documentService, DocumentId sourceId)
        throws AlterContentOperationNotSupportedException, DocumentNotAvailableException, IOException,
    // this method will search for the DocumentAccessor from the rendition service to obtain easily the built document content
    if (documentService == null)
        throw new IllegalArgumentException("No documentLayout provided !");
    DocumentLayout documentLayout = documentService.getDocumentLayout(sourceId);
    if (documentLayout == null)
        throw new DocumentNotAvailableException("Source document " + sourceId + "is not available");
    // this is optional and only if you wish to receive the document title of the document built
    DocumentLayout documentLayout = getDocumentService().getDocumentLayout(alterDocumentContent);
    if (documentLayout instanceof DocumentContainer)
        // here, we take the first children (to get the built document name)
        List<DocumentLayout> children = ((DocumentContainer) documentLayout).getChildren();
        if (children != null && !children.isEmpty())
            String builtDocumentTitle = documentService.getDocumentLayout(children.get(0).getDocumentId()).getDocumentTitle();
            // do what you wish with this title
    // if you just want the binary content
    return documentService.getDocumentAccessor(sourceId, DocumentAccessorSelector.RENDERED);