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From Dain Sundstrom <>
Subject Re: InvocationResult
Date Sun, 24 Aug 2003 04:57:30 GMT

I think you missed the best point in this email

On Saturday, August 23, 2003, at 02:31 PM, David Blevins wrote:

> We actually do wrap exceptions though.
>   - If the bean throws a checked exception, we wrap it with a special 
> exception type.  When the client side get the exception, it pulls out 
> the nested exception and throws it.
>   - If the bean throws an unchecked exception, we wrap it in a 
> different exception (InvalidateReferenceException).  When the client 
> get's one of those, the proxy is invalidated as the bean was garbage 
> collected, the nested exception is then thrown which will be a 
> RemoteException/EJBException/TransactionRolledbackException/etc.

So in the CallBackInterceptor you do something like this:

     try {
         return new 
SimpleInvocationResult(callbackMethod.invoke(instance, callbackArgs));
     } catch (IllegalAccessException e) {
         // This method is using the Java language access control and the
         // underlying method is inaccessible.
         throw new EJBException(e);
     } catch (InvocationTargetException e) {
         // unwrap the exception
         throw new ApplicationException(e.getTargetException();

Then later in the chain, if you want to distinguish the 
ApplicationException from the container exception just catch 
ApplicationException specifically, so for your example you would have 

     boolean threwApplicationException = false;
     try {
         return getNext().invoke(invocation);
     } catch (ApplicationException e) {
         threwSystemException = true;
         throw e;
     } finally {
         // this invocation is done so remove the reference to the 
         EJBInvocationUtil.putEnterpriseContext(invocation, null);
         if (threwApplicationException) {
             // invocation threw an application exception so the pool
             // needs to dispose of the context
         } else {
             // return the context to the pool

I think this is much cleaner and we don't have to inspect the result 
for the exceptional cases.  In the client container you catch the 
ApplicationException and throw the root cause.


  * Dain Sundstrom
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