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From "Greg Monroe" <Greg.Mon...@DukeCE.com>
Subject RE: Creating common connection pool
Date Fri, 02 Dec 2005 15:12:45 GMT
Here's what I do:

1) Make sure your JDBC drivers are in the <CATALINA_HOME>/common/lib 
directory.  This ensures that the exact same classes will be shared 
across all web apps and let you use them with Server level resources
like Tomcat's SingleSignOn valve and my help with Global Resource 

2) In each WebApp, use a common ContextListener implimentation class 
in the WebApp's WEB.XML file to initialize things. Eg: add:


Torque is initialized in the
method.  Note that because Torque should be initialized just once and 
each context using this will call this method, you should wrap your
Torque init code in a check to see if it's already been initialized.

Here's a simplified version of the code I use:

logger.info("Starting context: "+ arg0.getServletContext().

if ( ! Torque.isInit() {
// Using getResource so real location of file can be found. 
    URL url = this.getClass().getClassLoader().
// Note:  Don't use new URI(url.toString()) - Tomcat will not resolve
    String path = url.getPath();
    if ( path != null && ! path.startsWith("/")) {
        path = "/"+path;
    URI uri = new URI(url.getProtocol(),"",path,null);
    logger.debug("getDBConfigurationFile: Torque config url ="+
    File configFile = new File(uri);	

3) With the above code, the classpath (including jars) will be searched
for the "Torque.properties" file.  To have a single point of DB init,  
put a Torque.properties file in the common/classes directory.

For extra credit, you could think about using a ServletContext init
parameter in the Web.xml to allow for alternate Torque properties
file names rather than just a hard coded default.

Oh, and this works fine with simple shared connection pooling.  FWIW,
I started using JNDI resources but found that when apps got turned 
over to system admins to install on production servers, they tended 
to get one or more of the XML edits required to install it wrong.. 
leading to more support time.  So, I dropped the "right" way to do 
things for the less support way.  This way, once a server's common
code is set up, apps can be distributed by a simple war file.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Anuradha S.Athreya [mailto:anuradhasa@world2web.com] 
> Sent: Friday, December 02, 2005 5:21 AM
> To: torque-user@db.apache.org
> Subject: Creating common connection pool
> I am trying to configure connection pooling using Torque for 
> 2 web applications deployed in the same tomcat container but 
> in 2 different contexts,connecting to the same DB.
> Doubt 1: Where should the Torque.properties file be located? 
> Obviously, the path of this file has to be with reference to 
> a servlet context. Since I want to create a common 
> connection, which one of the 2 servlet context will contain 
> the properties file?
> I made changes to the Tomcat server.xml file : 
> <Context path="/myApp1" 
> docBase="D:/jakarta-tomcat-5.0.18/webapps/myApp1" >
> 				    <Resource name="jdbc/myApp1"
> scope="Shareable" type="javax.sql.DataSource"/>
> 				    <ResourceParams name="jdbc/myApp1">
> 				        <parameter>
> 				            <name>factory</name>
> <value>org.apache.torque.dsfactory.JndiDataSourceFactory</value>
> 				        </parameter>
> 				        <!-- DBCP database connection
> settings -->
> 				        <parameter>
> 				            <name>url</name>
> <value>jdbc:mysql://localhost/myApp1DB</value>
> 				        </parameter>
> 				        <parameter>
> <name>driverClassName</name><value>com.mysql.jdbc.Driver</value>
> 				        </parameter>
> 				        <parameter>
> 				            <name>username</name>
> 				            <value>myApp1</value>
> 				        </parameter>
> 				        <parameter>
> 				            <name>password</name>
> 				            <value>myApp1</value>
> 				        </parameter>
> 				        <!-- DBCP connection 
> pooling options
> -->
> 				        <parameter>
> 				            <name>maxWait</name>
> 				            <value>30000</value>
> 				        </parameter>
> 				        <parameter>
> 				            <name>maxIdle</name>
> 				            <value>100</value>
> 				        </parameter>
> 				        <parameter>
> 				            <name>maxActive</name>
> 				            <value>10</value>
> 				        </parameter>
> 				    </ResourceParams>
> </Context>
> Under normal circumstances, since i place the war files of 
> the application, I dont specify the CONTEXT explicitly in the 
> server.xml file. But since. I need to place RESOURCE, here I 
> added the CONTEXT tag. 
> Since, I have 2 web applications deployed, will I have to 
> repeat the CONTEXT tag again for my 'myApp2'??
> I have also made changes to the Tomcat web.xml file..
> Added:
> <resource-ref>
>       <description>DB Connection</description>
>       <res-ref-name>jdbc/instacoll</res-ref-name>
>       <res-type>javax.sql.DataSource</res-type>
>       <res-auth>Container</res-auth>
>   </resource-ref>
> Next comes the connection part....
> Will Tomcat itself perform Torque.init()? 
> If not, where should this be done, so that the Torque 
> initialisation happens common to both the applications??

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