FFPOJO and Spring Batch Integration

This week I had a need to integrate FFPOJO (version 1.0) and Spring Batch (version 2.1.8.RELEASE). I know that Spring Batch have its own LineTokenizers and FieldSetMappers, but is much more clean, flexible and fast using FFPOJO to do this parsing job. The integration was very easy, just by creating a simple LineMapper extension.

The FFPojoLineMapper class:

import org.springframework.batch.item.file.LineMapper;

import com.github.ffpojo.FFPojoHelper;

public class FFPojoLineMapper<T> implements LineMapper<T> {

	private Class<T> recordClazz;

	public T mapLine(String line, int lineNumber) throws Exception {
		return FFPojoHelper.getInstance().createFromText(recordClazz, line);

	public void setRecordClazz(Class<T> recordClazz) {
		this.recordClazz = recordClazz;


That’s it!

To use this glue, let’s sample with the POJO record class shown below:

public class Customer {

	private Long id;
	private String name;
	private String email;
	@PositionalField(initialPosition = 1, finalPosition = 5)
	public Long getId() {
		return id;
	public void setId(Long id) {
		this.id = id;
	// must use a String setter or a FieldDecorator
	public void setId(String id) {
		this.id = Long.valueOf(id);
	@PositionalField(initialPosition = 6, finalPosition = 25)
	public String getName() {
		return name;
	public void setName(String name) {
		this.name = name;
	@PositionalField(initialPosition = 26, finalPosition = 55)
	public String getEmail() {
		return email;
	public void setEmail(String email) {
		this.email = email;

Then the reader declaration in the job context xml will look like this:

<batch:job id="sampleJob">
	<batch:step id="sampleFFPojoReadingStep">
			<batch:chunk commit-interval="100">
					<bean class="org.springframework.batch.item.file.FlatFileItemReader">
						<property name="lineMapper">
							<bean class="sample.reader.FFPojoLineMapper">
								<property name="recordClazz">
									<value type="java.lang.Class">sample.Customer</value>
					<bean class="sample.writer.MyItemWriter" />

Soon this code will be available in an integration module embedded into FFPOJO project binaries, and more samples will be added.

The FFPOJO framework can be found in the Maven Central:


If you want to know better the FFPOJO library, please visit the project website on GitHub.


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