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Course 4: Implement API Operations


In this course you will learn about the implementation of API Operation in Domain Service projects, both for the TypeScript and Java Spring Boot stack.


Estimated time: 30 minutes
Supported languages: TypeScript and Java

In this exercise, you will implement an API Operation within your Orders project.


In this use case we want to retrieve all orders for a customer. To do this, a GET Operation has to be implemented which can return the list of all orders for a customer.

Open your imported Orders project​

The following steps will take your Orders project which you have imported in Course Domain Service Development as a base.

  1. Open your Workspace in the Solution Designer.
  2. Find your imported Project and open it by clicking on it.

Discover the API Operation modelled in the Solution Designer​

We will now discover the API Namespace "ordapi" which is already designed in the Solution Designer. The API namespace consists of the following elements:

  • A Path and an Operation "getOrdersForCustomer"

  • A Parameter that is used to read the customerId

  • A Response that returns the list of orders

Discover the Domain Namespace in the Solution Designer​

Now, we will discover the Domain Namespace "ord" which already contains items around managing orders:

  • A RootEntity "Order" that holds all details of the order

  • A Domain Service "FindOpenOrdersForCustomer" that returns all open orders of a specific customer

Implement the API Operation​

After discovering the API, the operation needs to be implemented so that it returns the expected response. This part is not done within the Solution Designer. Instead we will use the native development tooling on your local machine.

❗️Before doing this
  • Ensure that you have setup the necessary prerequisites for local development
    • For TypeScript please install at least Node.js and TypeScript see here
    • For Java please install Java SDK and Maven see here
  • Ensure that you have installed the Solution CLI.
    • Therefore follow the "Solution CLI Setup" instructions in your Project in the Solution Designer (see here)

Clone the project​

To implement your designed Operation in your IDE (e.g. Visual Studio Code) you have to clone your Project to your local machine.


If you have cloned the project before already, it is enough to perform the command k5 pull to get the latest changes.

  1. Open the section "Implementation" in the "Solution CLI" and follow the instructions of the section in your terminal.


If you choose TypeScript, please ensure that within your IDE you have opened the project directory instead of your workspace directory to ensure that all of the provided features work smoothly.

Implement API Operation​

  1. Open the file /src-impl/api/ordapi/operations/GetOrdersForCustomerApi.ts

    You will see that the file contains an auto-generated stub with a more or less empty getOrdersForCustomer() function that you need to fill with code to implement the actual functionality. The only content of that block is commented out sample code for some often-used functionality aimed at serving as a template for what you might want to do.

    * @param request Request.GetOrdersForCustomerRequest
    * getOrdersForCustomer logic
    getOrdersForCustomer = async (request: Request.GetOrdersForCustomerRequest) => {
    // TODO: add your implementation logic'start getOrdersForCustomer execution');
    // this.response;

    In the next steps, we will extend the execute function step by step with the code to get all orders for a customer.

  2. First, extract the customerId from the request path and store it in a variable:

      // read customerId from path
    const customerIdPathParameter = request.path.customerId;

    request.path: provides type-safe access to the request path that is modeled for the current operation.

  3. As a next step, create an input entity, fill it with the customerId from the request and trigger the domain service:

      // construct input entity for the call to the domain service
    const serviceInput = this.factory.entity.ord.FindOpenOrdersForCustomer_Input();

    // set customerId from path parameter for the service input
    serviceInput.customerId = customerIdPathParameter;

    // trigger the domain service to get all open orders for a customer
    const orders = await;

    this.factory.entity.ord: provides the creation of instances of each entity, input, output and payload entity in domain namespace ord. allows to call any service that is modeled within a domain or integration namespace. Returns an entity or a list of entities which can be then mapped to the response of the API operation.

  4. Loop over orders which have been returned by domain service in order to transform them to Schema "Order" from our API namespace:

      // initialize response as an empty list
    this.response.body = [];

    for (const order of orders) {
    // create an empty order schema in "api format"
    const apiOrder: Schema.Order = {};

    // map properties from domain entity Order to the api schema "Order"
    apiOrder.customer_id = order.customerId;

    // add api schema "Order" to the response
    // set response status to 200
    this.response.statusCode = 200;

    Schema.Order: provides access to the type for the modeled schema Order.

    this.response.body: provides type-safe access to the response body of the operation. Only schemas that are modelled as response body are allowed to be set here.

    this.response.statusCode: Response status has to be set in each operation. The implementation is restricted to the status codes that are modeled for this operation.

Push the changes to Git​

To make the changes of your implementation visible to others you have to push them to the remote Git repository.

  1. Go to your terminal and run command k5 compile to ensure that you do not have any issues in your code.
  2. Run the command k5 push -m "Implementation of my Orders Project".

You have successfully implemented your Orders Project. You also pushed your changes to your remote Git repository in Gitlab.

Trigger a Pipeline​

As a next step we will use the Deploy pipeline to publish the changes and try out the implemented Operation.

Please perform the following steps:

  1. Click on CI/CD section in the navigation menu.

  2. Open the pipeline section and discover the pipeline.

  3. Use the three dot menu on right side of table row and click on the “Run” button.

🌟Well Done!

You have successfully created and triggered pipeline for your project from the Orders template.

Discover the deployed service in the Solution Envoy​

After the pipeline run has "Succeeded" you can have a look at the deployed Service.

  1. Login into the Solution Envoy and search for your deployed service that is listed under its projectAcronym (e. g. k5-msaord).

  2. Open the API Specification "ordapi" to discover your modelled API.

  3. Now trigger the implemented Operation from swagger UI.

🌟Thumbs up!

Your Service has been successfully deployed and is ready to use.

Please find more information about Implementing API operations: