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Subject Sharing embedded broker across webapp contexts
Date Mon, 18 Jun 2007 02:03:01 GMT

I am using activemq 4.1.1 on JDK6 with Tomcat 5.5.x.

I have a couple of webapp contexts in a servlet container that use activemq broker.
I have been using an external broker but would like to embed the broker in the
servlet container. I have the following questions.

1) Assume I have webapps A and B. Is it necessary that only one of the two webapps
   assume the responsibility of starting the broker? I mean, I would like to embed the
  starting of the broker in a jarfile that is shared by both the webapps. Its hence easy for
  to keep the jarfile agnostic to which webapp its operating in and execute the broker start
  at context startup.

  Stated simply, would this sequence cause two different brokers to attempt to start?
Should I build mechanisms to make sure the broker.start() is executed only once?

     Webapp A:
            context load { // Time t
                 Broker broker = new broker("tcp://localhost:61616"); //pseudocode

        Webapp B:
            context load { // Time t + 5
                 Broker broker = new broker("tcp://localhost:61616"); //pseudocode
2) Assume webapp A starts the broker. Also, let's say Class X is defined in a jarfile
  common to both the webapps.

   Would this cause class cast exception if webapp B received an instance of class X
   from the broker? (since I assume the broker would use the webapp A classloader
   to load class X)?

   If so how do I avoid this class loading issue? Do I need to place the activemq jarfiles
   as well as the application jarfiles which contains classes of the messages dispatched
   over activemq to be in a shared system classpath common to both the webapp contexts?

3) In a setup such as this where multiple webapps share the same embedded broker,
   is it mandatory that they use an external broker?
    What are the other gotchas in using the embedded broker in this fashion?



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