kjl kjl - 26 days ago 10
jQuery Question

JSON request with JQuery/Ajax with Spring

I'm very new to JSON/Spring MVC and am trying to get a simple example of an AJAX call to a Spring MVC controller - but I keep returning an error of 400 - Bad Request.

After scouring the Internet, I've found that this is usually caused by not setting the appropriate content type - but [I believe] I have done that.

Here is my AJAX call:

//validate the object
var urlString = "/ajax/add/";

url: urlString,
contentType: "application/json; charset=utf-8",
dataType: "json",
data: {value1: 'apples', value2 : 'oranges'},
success: function(result){
error: function(jqXHR, textStatus, errorThrown){
alert("error:" + textStatus + " exception:" + errorThrown);

}) ;

And my controller:

itpublic class AddController {

private static Logger m_log = null;

@RequestMapping(value = "/ajax/add")
public String handle(@RequestBody String json){

DummyClass dummyRequest;
try {

ObjectMapper mapper = new ObjectMapper();
dummyRequest = mapper.readValue(json, DummyClass.class);
m_log.info("Value1: " + dummyRequest.getValue1());
m_log.info("Value2: " + dummyRequest.getValue2());
} catch (Exception e) {


return "called";

Can anyone help me out?


Here is my context that I use to configure Spring:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<beans xmlns="http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans"
xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xmlns:mvc="http://www.springframework.org/schema/mvc"
xmlns:p="http://www.springframework.org/schema/p" xmlns:context="http://www.springframework.org/schema/context"
xsi:schemaLocation="http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans/spring-beans.xsd
http://www.springframework.org/schema/mvc http://www.springframework.org/schema/mvc/spring-mvc-3.0.xsd
http://www.springframework.org/schema/context http://www.springframework.org/schema/context/spring-context-3.0.xsd">

<context:component-scan base-package="com.project.do" />

<!--<mvc:annotation-driven/> -->

<bean class="com.project.do.interceptors.handler.mapping.HandlerInterceptorAnnotationAwareHandlerMapping "/>

<bean class="org.springframework.web.servlet.mvc.annotation.AnnotationMethodHandlerAdapter" />

<bean class="com.project.do.viewresolver.ProjectViewResolver" >
<property name="tilesResolver" ref="tilesResolver" />
<property name="jspResolver" ref="jspResolver" />

<bean id="tilesResolver" class ="org.springframework.web.servlet.view.UrlBasedViewResolver">
<property name="viewClass" value="org.springframework.web.servlet.view.tiles2.TilesView" />
<property name="order" value="2" />

<bean id="jspResolver"
<property name="prefix" value="/WEB-INF/jsp/" />
<property name="suffix" value=".jsp" />
<property name="order" value="3" />

<bean id ="tilesConfigurer" class="org.springframework.web.servlet.view.tiles2.TilesConfigurer">
<property name="definitions" value="/WEB-INF/tiles/tiles.xml" />
<property name="preparerFactoryClass" value="org.springframework.web.servlet.view.tiles2.SpringBeanPreparerFactory"/>

<mvc:resources mapping="/css/**" location="/css/" />
<mvc:resources mapping="/js/**" location="/js/" />
<mvc:resources mapping="/images/**" location="/images/" />
<mvc:resources mapping="/javascript/**" location="/javascript/" />
<mvc:resources mapping="/scripts/**" location="/scripts/" />
<mvc:resources mapping="/styles/**" location="/styles/" />
<mvc:resources mapping="/help/**" location="/help/" />

<!-- <mvc:view-controller path="/" view-name="welcome"/> -->

I should note that I have a working Controller with Ajax in the package com.project.do.working, but the nonworking Controller with Ajax and JSON is in the same package com.project.do.not.working

Answer Source

I think your request mapping is not having the RequestMethod as POST. I guess by default it taking it a get request but your AJAX is a POST request. Try changing as below

@RequestMapping(value = "/ajax/add", method = RequestMethod.POST)
public String handle(@RequestBody String json){