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Java eCommerce

Giving Elastic Path the ultimate flexibility utilizing Java eCommerce open source technology.

What is Java eCommerce?

Java eCommerce is when brands and businesses use the programming language Java to create an online commerce experience. With Java eCommerce, developers and brands can create high-performing, large-scale online shopping platforms. Popular Java eCommerce frameworks other than Elastic Path include SAP, Broadleaf, Apache, and Shopizer.

Java eCommerce gives brands like yours access to optimized and customizable digital commerce solutions. Java eCommerce is a particularly strong option because it’s reliable and agile, platform-independent, efficient for debugging, and in a language that many developers know.

Elastic Path's Java eCommerce Technology


Spring Framework

The Spring Framework is part of the Elastic Path Core Commerce Solutions architecture and utilizing Elastic Path opens up a world of possibilities. It is responsible for system-level services including object life cycle management, transactions, security, and job scheduling via the inclusion of several Spring modules.

This open-source e-commerce technology uses dependency injection and inversion of control to allow non-invasive extension of our platform. This makes it possible to customize the implementation of classes without changing the code that invokes that class.

The loose coupling offered by Spring provides a tremendous level of flexibility and simplicity for developers customizing the Elastic Path Java eCommerce framework.


Spring Security

Working with Elastic Path also has the advantage of Spring Security, which provides comprehensive authentication and authorization capabilities. It is combined in a mature and stable package designed specifically for enterprise applications built on it.

Spring Security offers streamlined configuration and modular architecture, with support for a wide range of standard authorization services.



Maven is an Apache open-source project for managing software build processes. Elastic Path combined with Maven is a powerful way to optimize the software build processes. 

Maven encourages deployment consistency with a convention over configuration approach. This means that Commerce Engine developers are shielded from the complexities of the build process as much as possible, increasing efficiency and productivity.



Elastic Path uses the Open Services Gateway with the Java platform. The Open Services Gateway is a modular framework that adds a complete, dynamic component model to the Java platform. This provides robust application lifecycle management and allows selected services in Cortex to be remotely installed, started, stopped, updated, or uninstalled without requiring a reboot. Learn more about it here.


Apache OpenJPA

OpenJPA is a top-level project at the Apache Software Foundation that Elastic Path also takes advantage of. It has a persistence layer that features lightweight and transparent persistence of Java entities and database independence.

OpenJPA combines the best features from a variety of competing persistence options, including ORM, ODB, EJB2, and JDO — and includes a rich set of options for performance tuning.



Ehcache is an open-source, standards-based cache used by a wide array of business platforms to boost performance, offload the database, and provide scalability. Elastic Path Core Commerce Solutions uses Ehcache for application-level caching of frequently requested objects such as products and dynamic content.


Apache Solr is an enterprise search platform. Solr is popular at leading technology companies thanks to its outstanding track record of performance and reliability. Solr is used to power advanced search and merchandising capabilities in Elastic Path Core Commerce Solutions, including guided nav and filtered browsing



Drools is a business rule management system (BRMS) that uses a version of the Rete algorithm to implement conditions and execute their actions. Drools is used by the pricing and promotion features in Core Commerce Solutions to determine which rules should be executed when and to handle conflict resolution when multiple rules apply.

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