Amazon DynamoDB
Developer Guide (API Version 2012-08-10)
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Try a Query Using the AWS SDK for Java

The following Java code example uses the AWS SDK for Java to perform the following tasks:

  • Get an item from the ProductCatalog table.

  • Query the Reply table to find all replies posted in the last 15 days for a forum thread. In the code, you first describe your request by creating a QuerySpec object. The QuerySpec describes the primary key hash attribute value, a condition on the range attribute (ReplyDateTime) to retrieve replies posted after a specific date, and the item attributes that you want to retrieve.

For step-by-step instructions on configuring your AWS access keys, setting the default endpoint and running the sample, see Running Java Examples for DynamoDB.

package com.amazonaws.codesamples;

import java.text.SimpleDateFormat;
import java.util.Date;
import java.util.Iterator;

import com.amazonaws.auth.profile.ProfileCredentialsProvider;

public class GettingStartedTryQuery {

	static DynamoDB dynamoDB = new DynamoDB(new AmazonDynamoDBClient(
			new ProfileCredentialsProvider()));
	static SimpleDateFormat dateFormatter = new SimpleDateFormat(

	public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {

		try {

			String forumName = "Amazon DynamoDB";
			String threadSubject = "DynamoDB Thread 1";

			// Get an item.
			getBook(101, "ProductCatalog");

			// Query replies posted in the past 15 days for a forum thread.
			findRepliesInLast15DaysWithConfig("Reply", forumName, threadSubject);
		} catch (Exception e) {

	private static void getBook(int id, String tableName) {

		Table table = dynamoDB.getTable(tableName);

		Item item = table.getItem("Id", // attribute name
				id, // attribute value
				"Id, ISBN, Title, Authors", // projection expression
				null); // name map - don't need this

		System.out.println("GetItem: printing results...");


	private static void findRepliesInLast15DaysWithConfig(String tableName,
			String forumName, String threadSubject) {

		String replyId = forumName + "#" + threadSubject;
		long twoWeeksAgoMilli = (new Date()).getTime()
				- (15L * 24L * 60L * 60L * 1000L);
		Date twoWeeksAgo = new Date();
		SimpleDateFormat df = new SimpleDateFormat(
		String twoWeeksAgoStr = df.format(twoWeeksAgo);

		Table table = dynamoDB.getTable(tableName);

		QuerySpec querySpec = new QuerySpec()
				.withHashKey("Id", replyId)
						new RangeKeyCondition("ReplyDateTime")
				.withProjectionExpression("Message, ReplyDateTime, PostedBy");
		ItemCollection<QueryOutcome> items = table.query(querySpec);
		Iterator<Item> iterator = items.iterator();

		System.out.println("Query: printing results...");

		while (iterator.hasNext()) {