Class SessionFactory


public class SessionFactory extends Object
Helper class to simplify the development and generation of code that accesses TopLink through the SessionManager (sessions config XML). Responsibilities:
  • Lookup of a session by name using default or provided sessions config location
  • Support lookup of active UnitOfWork and Session in JTA environments
  • Hot/Re-deployment handling of applications
  • Detachment helpers to simplify usage within a local session bean
Basic usage example: SessionFactory = sessionFactory = new SessionFactory("session-name"); ... public List read(Vector args) { Session session = sessionFactory.acquireSession(); List results = (List) session.executeQuery("query-name", MyClass.class, args); session.release(); return results; } public void write(MyClass detachedInstance) { UnitOfWork uow = sessionFactory.acquireUnitOfWork(); MyClass workingCopy = (MyClass) uow.readObject(detachedInstance); if (workingCopy == null) { throw new MyException("Cannot write changes. Object does not exist"); } uow.deepMergeClone(detachedInstance); uow.commit(); } Detachment: The detach helper methods are provided to assist with the construction of applications. This helper class was designed for use within session beans (SB) and in the case of local SBs the objects returned are not serialized. Since EclipseLink's default behavior is to return the shared instance from the cache and rely on developers to only modify instances within a UnitOfWork this may be an issue. The client to the local session bean may try to modify the instance and thus corrupt the cache. By detaching the object the client to the session bean gets its own isolated copy that it can freely modify. This provides the same functionality as with a remote session bean and allows the developer the choice in how/when objects are detached. Note: The above code example shows how a detached instance can have changes made to it persisted through use of the UnitOfWork merge API.
Doug Clarke & John Braken
  • Constructor Details

    • SessionFactory

      public SessionFactory(String sessionsXMLPath, String sessionName)
      Constructor for creating a new EclipseLinkSessionHelper instance.
      sessionsXMLPath - - resource path of the sessions configuration xml.
      sessionName - - name of the session to use.
    • SessionFactory

      public SessionFactory(String sessionName)
  • Method Details

    • getSessionName

      public String getSessionName()
    • getSessionXMLPath

      public String getSessionXMLPath()
    • getClassLoader

      protected ClassLoader getClassLoader()
      The class-loader returned form this call will be used when loading the EclipseLink configuration. By default this is the current thread's loader. If this is not the case users can subclass this session factory and override this method to provide a different loader.
    • getSharedSession

      public DatabaseSession getSharedSession()
      Helper method that looks up the singleton session and ensure that if the application has been hot-deployed it gets a fresh version of the server.
    • getSharedSession

      public DatabaseSession getSharedSession(boolean login, boolean refresh)
      Used in place of getSharedSession() when the calling application needs access to the session prior to login or it wishes to force the session configuration to be re-loaded an applied. This also makes use of the current class-loader return from getClassLoader() and a SessionManager class-loader check to see if the application was loaded by another class-loader and is should this be refreshed as the application has been hot deployed.
    • acquireSession

      public Session acquireSession()
      Returns the Session active for this specified helper. If the EclipseLink session does not have an external transaction controller or there is not an active JTA transaction then a newly acquire client session is returned on each call. This method also properly handles acquire a client session from a broker as well as returning the shared session in the case it is a database session.
    • acquireUnitOfWork

      public UnitOfWork acquireUnitOfWork()
      Looks up the active UnitOfWork using either the global JTA TX or acquires a new one from the active session.
    • acquireUnitOfWork

      public UnitOfWork acquireUnitOfWork(Session session)
      Looks up the active UnitOfWork using either the global JTA TX or acquires a new one from the active session. THis method should be used if a session has already been acquired.
    • detach

      public Object detach(Object entity)
      Build a detached copy using a one-off UnitOfWork. This simulates creation of a copy through serialization when using a remote session bean if this copy process is not done the user of this helper would return the shared copy from the cache that should not be modified. These detachment methods *MUST* be used for local session beans where the returned objects can be modified by the client.
      entity - an existing persistent entity
      a copy of the entity for use in a local client that may make changes to it
    • detach

      public Collection detach(Collection entities)