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kitchensink-html5-mobile: More Complex Example of HTML5, Mobile and JAX-RS

What is it?

The kitchensink-html5-mobile quickstart is based on the kitchensink quickstart and demonstrates a Java EE 6 mobile database application using HTML5, jQuery Mobile, JAX-RS, JPA 2.0, and REST in Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform.

This application is built using a HTML5 + REST approach. This uses a pure HTML client that interacts with the application server via restful end-points (JAX-RS). This application also uses some of the latest HTML5 features and advanced JAX-RS. And since testing is just as important with client side as it is server side, this application uses QUnit to show you how to unit test your JavaScript.

What is a modern web application without mobile web support? This application also integrates jQuery mobile and basic client side device detection to give you both a desktop and mobile version of the interface. Both support the same features, including form validation, member registration, etc. However the mobile version adds in mobile layout, touch, and performance improvements needed to get you started with mobile web development on JBoss.

System requirements

The application this project produces is designed to be run on Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform (JBoss EAP) 6.1 or later with the Red Hat JBoss Web Framework Kit (WFK) 2.7.

All you need to build this project is Java 6.0 (Java SDK 1.6) or later, Maven 3.0 or later.

An HTML5 compatible browser such as Chrome, Safari 5+, Firefox 5+, or IE 9+ are required. and note that some behaviors will vary slightly (ex. validations) based on browser support, especially IE 9.

Mobile web support is limited to Android and iOS devices. It should run on HP, and Black Berry devices as well. Windows Phone, and others will be supported as jQuery Mobile announces support.

With the prerequisites out of the way, you're ready to build and deploy.

Configure Maven

If you have not yet done so, you must Configure Maven before testing the quickstarts.

Start the JBoss EAP Server

  1. Open a command line and navigate to the root of the JBoss EAP directory.
  2. The following shows the command line to start the server with the default profile:

     For Linux:   EAP_HOME/bin/
     For Windows: EAP_HOME\bin\standalone.bat

    Note: Adding "-b" to the above commands will allow external clients (phones, tablets, desktops, etc…) connect through your local network.

    For example

     For Linux:   EAP_HOME/bin/ -b
     For Windows: EAP_HOME\bin\standalone.bat -b

Build and Deploy the Quickstart

  1. Make sure you have started the JBoss EAP server as described above.
  2. Open a command line and navigate to the root directory of this quickstart.
  3. Type this command to build and deploy the archive:

     mvn clean jboss-as:deploy
  4. This deploys target/jboss-kitchensink-html5-mobile.war to the running instance of the server.

Access the application

Access the running client application in a browser at the following URL: http://localhost:8080/jboss-kitchensink-html5-mobile/.

Undeploy the Archive

  1. Make sure you have started the JBoss EAP server as described above.
  2. Open a command line and navigate to the root directory of this quickstart.
  3. When you are finished testing, type this command to undeploy the archive:

     mvn jboss-as:undeploy

Run the Quickstart in Red Hat JBoss Developer Studio or Eclipse

You can also start the server and deploy the quickstarts or run the Arquillian tests from Eclipse using JBoss tools. For more information, see Use JBoss Developer Studio or Eclipse to Run the Quickstarts

Build and Deploy the Quickstart - to OpenShift

You can also deploy the application directly to OpenShift, Red Hat's cloud based PaaS offering, follow the instructions here


By default, the project uses the wro4j plugin, which provides the ability to concatenate, validate and minify JavaScript and CSS files. These minified files, as well as their unmodified versions are deployed with the project.

With just a few quick changes to the project, you can link to the minified versions of your JavaScript and CSS files.

First, in the /src/main/webapp/ file, search for references to minification and comment or uncomment the appropriate lines.

Finally, wro4j runs in the compile phase so any standard build command like package, install, etc. will trigger it. The plugin is in a profile with an id of "minify" so you will want to specify that profile in your maven build.

NOTE: By default there are turn off tests so you must use the arquillian test profile to run tests when minifying. For example:

#No Tests
mvn clean jboss-as:deploy -Pminify


#With Tests
mvn clean jboss-as:deploy -Pminify,arq-jbossas-remote

Run the Arquillian tests

By default, tests are configured to be skipped. The reason is that the sample test is an Arquillian test, which requires the use of a container. You can activate this test by selecting one of the container configuration provided for JBoss.

To run the test in JBoss, first start the container instance. Then, run the test goal with the following profile activated:

mvn clean test -Parq-jbossas-remote

Run the QUnit tests

QUnit is a JavaScript unit testing framework used and built by jQuery. Because JavaScript code is the core of an HTML5 application, this quickstart provides a set of QUnit tests that automate testing of this code in various browsers.

Executing QUnit test cases is quite easy. Simply load the following HTML file in the browser you want to test.


You can also display the QUnit tests using the Eclipse built-in browser.

For more information on QUnit tests see

Import the Project into an IDE

If you created the project using the Maven archetype wizard in your IDE (Eclipse, NetBeans or IntelliJ IDEA), then there is nothing to do. You should already have an IDE project.

If you created the project from the command line using archetype:generate, then you need to import the project into your IDE. If you are using NetBeans 6.8 or IntelliJ IDEA 9, then all you have to do is open the project as an existing project. Both of these IDEs recognize Maven projects natively.

Debug the Application

If you want to be able to debug into the source code or look at the Javadocs of any library in the project, you can run either of the following two commands to pull them into your local repository. The IDE should then detect them.

mvn dependency:sources
mvn dependency:resolve -Dclassifier=javadoc

Recent Changelog

  • Jan 29, 2015(Sande Gilda):Modify JBDS Maven Arquillian instructions to point to shared developer guides. Fix product names
  • Jan 7, 2015(Marek Novotný):https browse WFK2 702 fixing kitchensink backbone and contacts mobile basic too
  • Nov 11, 2014(Sande Gilda):JDF 787 Modify README metadata to optimize for Google search
  • Nov 7, 2014(Matous Jobanek):updated versions of WFK and EAP in files
  • Aug 21, 2014(Marek Novotný):https browse WFK2 702 refactored profiles in kitchensink html5 mobile
  • Jul 28, 2014(Marek Novotný):https browse WFK2 707 fixed typo in
  • Jun 2, 2014(ecervena):Remove reference to obsolete tutorials
  • May 29, 2014(Emil Cervenan):Squashed README files update. WFK 2.5 version replaced with 2.6
  • May 14, 2014(Marek Novotný):updated info about WFK 2.6
  • Mar 27, 2014(Sande Gilda):WFK2 555 Replace JBOSS_HOME with EAP_HOME
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