<chunk reader="itemReader" writer="retryItemWriter"
The last aspect of retry logic is that, like most available events in Spring Batch, retry has the ability to
register listeners to when an item is being retried. There are two differences, however, between all the
other listeners and org.springframework.batch.retry.RetryListener . First, RetryListener has no
annotation equivalent of the interface, so if you want to register a listener on retry logic, you have to
implement the RetryListener interface. The other difference is that instead of two methods in the
interface for the start and end, there are three in this interface. In RetryListener , the open method is
called when the retry block is about to be called, onError is called once for each retry, and close is called
when the full retry block is complete.
That covers it for retry logic. The other way to handle item-specific error handling is to skip the item
One of the greatest things in Spring Batch is the ability to skip an item that is causing problems. This
feature can easily prevent a phone call in the middle of the night to deal with a production problem if the
item can be addressed the next day. Configuring the ability to skip an item is similar to configuring retry
logic. All you need to do is use the skip-limit attribute on the chunk tag and specify the exceptions that
should cause an item to be skipped. Listing 4-55 demonstrates how to configure a step to allow a
maximum of 10 items to be skipped via skip-limit . It then states that any item that causes any subclass
of java.lang.Exception except for java.lang.NullPointerException is allowed to be skipped. Any item
that throws a NullPointerException causes the step to end in error.
Listing 4-55. Skip Logic Configuration
<chunk reader="itemReader" writer="itemWriter"
When using item-based error handling, whether it's retrying to process an item or skipping it, there
can be transactional implications. You learn what those are and how to address them when the topic
gets into reading and writing items in Chapters 7 & 9.