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Every application goes through start up and shutdown phases. Everything starts really simple. Unfortunately self-made solutions quickly hit the wall due to ever changing business requirements. As a consequence, more services and components need to be introduced into the startup and shutdown mechanism during the software life cycle. The bootstrapper provides you an approved and extendable mechanism for bootstrapping. Put your application and acceptance tests on appcceleration!


For a quick introduction see the Tutorial.

For the specification see the Specification


When building a new application the bootstrapper is essentially the only root object which needs to be instantiated in your application main method. The bootstrapper is the central point of your application's startup and shutdown behavior.


Extensions contain methods which are called upon startup and shutdown of the bootstrapper. The methods of the extensions are extension points which can consume information gathered during the bootstrapping process for example configuration. Extensions are added directly on the bootstrapper.

Extension Resolver

An extension resolver allows to plug in extensions into the bootstrapper. All extensions which are resolved by the extension resolver are added after manually added extensions.


Behaviors allow to extend the bootstrapping process in an aspect oriented style. Behaviors gain access to extensions which are participating in the bootstrapper process and can therefore influence them for example by injecting additional runtime information into an extension.


The strategy defines the order of execution for extension points and behaviors. The strategy is also the context provider for context information which needs to be passed to the extension points. The strategy allows to hooking in custom executors, extension resolver and reporting context.


Executors are responsible for executing extension points on extensions and the behaviors attached to it. Different executors can be used for the startup and shutdown phase of the application.

Core behaviors

The bootstrapper package ships with some core behaviors which can be plugged into your bootstrapping mechanism. Core behaviors include


The bootstrapper records the bootstrapping process and allows reporting the whole process to a reporter. This can be used to automatically generate architecture and design documents which describe the bootstrapping mechanism.

Further Information

Code samples: See sample project and unit tests in code for more samples.