RPC Dispatch

Remote Procedure Call Dispatcher is a client server communication protocol. It serializes and deserializes the objects being sent over the wire.



Setting up the dispatching requires a few parts:

  • Guice or Spring
  • Client request. Example.
  • Action class. Example.
  • Result class. Example.
  • Server dispatch handler. Example.
  • Optional server dispatch server handler validator. Example.

More Action and Result Examples

Using RPC Dispatch with Guice

First of, you can start by reading Guice's Getting Started guide if you're unfamiliar with it.

Basice Guice setup with web.xml





package some.project.server.guice;

import com.google.inject.Guice;
import com.google.inject.Injector;
import com.google.inject.servlet.GuiceServletContextListener;

public class GuiceServletConfig extends GuiceServletContextListener {
    protected Injector getInjector() {
        return Guice.createInjector(..., new DispatchServletModule());

Then you need to either create this class or at the serve call to your existing ServletModule

public class DispatchServletModule extends ServletModule {
    public void configureServlets() {
        serve("/" + ActionImpl.DEFAULT_SERVICE_NAME + "*").with(DispatchServiceImpl.class);

Using RPC Dispatch with Spring

Coming soon

Client Request

  • Setting up the client request requires that the DispatchAsync be available which is injected in the constructor.
  • In this example AsyncCallbackImpl<T> implements AsyncCallback<T>. Both can be used. The advantage of using AsyncCallbackImpl<T> allows the application to globally catch onFailures. See more below.
  • Source.
private DispatchAsync dispatcher;

public HomePagePresenter(final EventBus eventBus, final MyView view, final MyProxy proxy,
        final DispatchAsync dispatcher) {
    super(eventBus, view, proxy, ApplicationPresenter.TYPE_SetMainContent);

    this.dispatcher = dispatcher;
  • Then a request can be setup like this. Source.
private void fetchTask() {
    FetchTaskAction action = new FetchTaskAction();

    dispatcher.execute(action, new AsyncCallbackImpl<FetchTaskResult>() {
        public void onSuccess(FetchTaskResult result) {

Shared Action

Action designates the call taken place and carries the object(s) to the server. The action is shared with both the client and server and the encapsulated objects must be serializable. The contained objects must implement IsSerializable or Serializable.

public class FetchAdminTaskCountAction extends UnsecuredActionImpl<FetchAdminTaskCountResult> {
    public FetchAdminTaskCountAction() {

Shared Result

Result designates the response to the call and carries the objects(s) back to the client. The result is shared with both client and server and the encapsulated objects must be serializable. The contained objects must implement IsSerializable or Serializable.

public class FetchAdminTaskCountResult implements Result {
    private Integer totalTasks;

    public FetchAdminTaskCountResult() {

    public FetchAdminTaskCountResult(Integer totalTasks) {
        this.totalTasks = totalTasks;

    public Integer getTotalTasksCount() {
        return totalTasks;

Catching onSuccess or onFailure Globally

Catching the onSuccess or onFailure for each request can be done by extending AsyncCallback<T>.

  • AsyncCallback<T> class can be used and it looks like this:
public interface AsyncCallback<T> {
  void onFailure(Throwable caught);

  void onSuccess(T result);
  • Implementing AsyncCallback<T> will allow you to catch the onFailure and/or the onSuccess. In this example the onFailure is caught so it could be used to notify the user of the failure. Source.
public abstract class AsyncCallbackImpl<T> implements AsyncCallback<T> {
    public void onFailure(Throwable caught) {
        Window.alert("Communication to the server has failed.");

Notes on implementing a ActionHandler

There are essentially two ways to implement an ActionHandler for your Actions/Results

  • Method 1: Simply implement the com.gwtplatform.dispatch.server.actionhandler.ActionHandler interface
public class FetchAdminTaskCountHandler implements ActionHandler<FetchAdminTaskCountAction, FetchAdminTaskCountResult> {
    public FetchAdminTaskCountHandler() {

    public FetchAdminTaskCountResult execute(FetchAdminTaskCountAction action, ExecutionContext context) throws ActionException {
        return null;

    public void undo(FetchAdminTaskCountAction action, FetchAdminTaskCountResult result, ExecutionContext context) throws ActionException {

    public Class<FetchAdminTaskCountAction> getActionType() {
        return FetchAdminTaskCountAction.class;
  • Method 2: If you have been browsing the GWTP examples, you will notice that the ActionHandlers extends a AbstractAction class rather than implementing the ActionHandler like the above example. This is just a base class implementing the com.gwtplatform.dispatch.server.actionhandler.ActionHandler interface and doing some wire up to reduce boilerplate. Here is an example of creating a base class implementing the ActionHandler class: Example

Configuring Actions/ActionHandlers on the Server

Before you can start using your ActionHandlers on the server. You need to tell Guice which ActionHandler is responsible for responding to which Action. This is done in the Guice ServerModule

public class ServerModule extends HandlerModule {
    protected void configureHandlers() {
        bindHandler(FetchAdminTaskCountAction.class, FetchAdminTaskCountHandler.class); // Bind Action: FetchAdminTaskCountAction to ActionHandler: FetchAdminTaskCountHandler

Configuring the Dispatch Module on the Client

Before you can start using the RPC Dispatcher you have to install an implementation of the Dispatcher in your client gin configuration. In most cases, the default RpcDispatchAsyncModule (included in GWTP) will be sufficient to install in the ClientModule

public class ClientModule extends AbstractPresenterModule {
    protected void configure() {
        install(new DefaultModule());
        install(new ApplicationModule());
        install(new RpcDispatchAsyncModule()); // binds DispatchAsync to RpcDispatchAsync

        // DefaultPlaceManager Places