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From Ryan <>
Subject Re: Is there a vendor independent way of accessing EJBs from a standalone client?
Date Thu, 22 Feb 2007 23:13:53 GMT
You're right, I didn't quite explain things 100%.  I would like to have
a .ear file that contains EJBs and a Swing client.  I would like to be
able to deploy that .ear and have it work on Glassfish or Geronimo, but
don't want to change naming lookups, etc.

I really just want to have the option of switching vendors at a later
date.  I will always use a matching app server and client container (ie:
Geronimos AS with Geronimo ACC, or Glassfish AS with Glassfish ACC).


Jencks wrote:
> I'm unclear on whether you plan to run the app client on the same
> vendors product as the ejb itself.
> If you plan to use  2 vendors you have to use corba.
> If you plan to use the app client container and the ejb container from
> geronimo, what you are trying should work.  However for geronimo you
> would have to have deployed the ejb application first (assuming it is
> not packaged in an ear with the app client) and the ejb app would have
> to be a parent of the client app.  Under these circumstances the
> deployers should be able to find your ejb at deploy time and figure out
> how to hook up to it when you run the app client.
> thanks
> david jencks
> On Feb 22, 2007, at 1:46 AM, Ryan wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I'm working at setting up an application client and am having some
>> difficulty accessing EJBs on the server.  I'm running my client using an
>> application client container and am trying it out on a few different
>> application servers.
>> However, I'm having difficulty finding a way to lookup EJBs in a vendor
>> independent manner.  Specifically, almost every doc I can find has some
>> variation of:
>> Context initialContext = new InitialContext();
>> Object ref = initialContext.lookup("some vendor specific name here");
>> If I replace "some vendor specific name here" with the proper vendor
>> specific name for each app server and re-deploy everything works.
>> At first I thought I could use application-client.xml to name each EJB
>> and have the container(s) take care of the mapping, but I haven't had
>> any luck with this approach.  I tried something like this (relevant
>> parts only):
>> <ejb-ref>
>>     <ejb-ref-name>ejb/test1234/ConnectionTester</ejb-ref-name>
>>     <ejb-ref-type>Session</ejb-ref-type>
>>     <remote>domain.ejb.interfaces.ConnectionTesterRemote</remote>
>> </ejb-ref>
>> When I deploy to Glassfish using the above I end up with a JNDI name of
>> "ejb/test1234/ConnectionTester" and can look it up using
>> "java:comp/env/ejb/test1234/ConnectionTester".
>> However, when I try to deploy to Geronimo, I get the following error
>> (while deploying):
>> org.apache.openejb.OpenEJBException: Cannot find bean
>> "ejb/test1234/ConnectionTester" referenced by bean "GeronimoEnc".
>> Obviously I'm missing something because Glassfish appears to use
>> 'ejb-ref-name' as a type of alias for the EJB name while Geronimo thinks
>> it contains the name of an existing EJB.
>> Maybe I'm just not thinking clearly tonight, but isn't there some kind
>> of simple, standard way of looking up an EJB from a standalone client?
>> Is vendor independence even a realistic goal (that's what the spec is
>> for right)?
>> Thanks in advance for any help,
>> Ryan
>> P.S.  Sorry for the formatting :-(

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