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From Ken Bowen <>
Subject Re: Trying to mix db connection pooling on web and desktop applications
Date Tue, 22 Jul 2008 21:17:58 GMT

I've dealt with a similar problem by utilizing the Primrose database  
connection pool ( for my application in  
desktop mode.   I've used MySQL or postgreSQL, and used Tomcat's db  
pool when my app runs in web mode.
For desktop mode, one sets up a Primrose configuration xml file; then  
the startup code for the desktop mode uses similar code to obtain a  
datasource, something like this:

	Context ctx = new InitialContext();
         if (_siDAOBase == null ){
                 String key = "java:comp/env/" + "jdbc" + "/" +  
                 DataSource ds = (DataSource)ctx.lookup(key);
                 if (ds != null ){
                     _siDAOBase = new SI_DAOBase();

After that, I'm using my same jars as in the web mode.   The trick was  
to create a DAO object (SI_DAOBase above) which holds the datasource,  
and hands out connections it obtains from the datasource.  The call  
SI_DAOBase.setDataSource(ds); sets the datasource -- it's invoked in  
my AppListener in web mode, and in the startup code above in desktop  

Hope this helps,
Ken Bowen

On Jul 22, 2008, at 3:51 PM, Alejandro Hernandez Angeles wrote:

> Hello, this is the scenario:
> I have an application that must have two interfaces: as a desktop  
> application and as a web application
> I've put the business logic inside a JAR library (client_bpm.jar),  
> which must connect to an Oracle 9i database
> I configured the web application so it can use a db pool connection,  
> in the following manner:
> 1. Added to %CATALINA_HOME%/conf/server.xml the following:
>  <Server>
>    <GlobalNamingResources>
>      <Resource name="jdbc/RAM_DB"
>            auth="Container"
>            type="javax.sql.DataSource"
>            username="*****"
>            password="*****"
>            driverClassName="oracle.jdbc.OracleDriver"
> 	    url="jdbc:oracle:thin:*****"
> 	    removeAbandoned="true"
> 	    removeAbandonedTimeout="60"
> 	    logAbandoned="true"
>            maxActive="8"
> 	    maxIdle="4"
> 	    maxWait="2000"/>
>    </GlobalNamingResources>
>  </Server>
> 2. Added to %CATALINA_HOME%/conf/context.xml the following:
>  <ResourceLink
>    name="jdbc/RAM_DB"
>    global="jdbc/RAM_DB"
>    type="javax.sql.DataSource"
>  />
> 3. Added to %CATALINA_HOME%/webapps/myWebApp/WEB-INF/web.xml the  
> following:
>  <resource-ref>
>    <description>
>      Resource reference to a factory for java.sql.Connection
>      instances that may be used for talking to a particular
>      database that is configured in the Context
>      configurartion for the web application.
>    </description>
>    <res-ref-name>
>      jdbc/RAM_DB
>    </res-ref-name>
>    <res-type>
>      javax.sql.DataSource
>    </res-type>
>    <res-auth>
>      Container
>    </res-auth>
>  </resource-ref>
> 4. Added my business library (client_bpm.jar) to %CATALINA_HOME%/ 
> webapps/myWebApp/WEB-INF/lib
> 5. Added JDBC library (ojdbc14.jar) to %CATALINA_HOME%/lib
> 6. Use the following code to get a db connection:
>  Context initCtx = new InitialContext();
>  Context envCtx = (Context) initCtx.lookup("java:comp/env");
>  DataSource ds = (DataSource) envCtx.lookup("jdbc/RAM_DB");
>  Connection conn= ds.getConnection();
> And the web application runs fine, i have no problems with it
> Now, what i want is to use the same db connection pool facility  
> (that Tomcat provides to web applications) on my desktop  
> application, and use the same code (or something very similar) i  
> used in point 6 to obtain a db connection
> With points 1-3 Tomcat provided my web application with a db  
> connection pooling facility
> I want Tomcat to provide to my desktop application the same db  
> connection pooling facility, ¿How do i do that?
> I have tried invoking my desktop application with the following:
> java -classpath ".;%CATALINA_HOME%/webapps/myWebApp/WEB-INF/lib/ 
> client_bpm.jar;%CATALINA_HOME%/lib/catalina.jar;%CATALINA_HOME%/bin/ 
> tomcat-juli.jar;%CATALINA_HOME%/lib/ojdbc14.jar" - 
> Djava 
> -Djava.naming.factory.url.pkgs=org.apache.naming MyDesktopApp
> And got the following error:
> javax.naming.NameNotFoundException: Name java: is not bound in this  
> Context
>        at org.apache.naming.NamingContext.list(
>        at org.apache.naming.NamingContext.list(
>        at javax.naming.InitialContext.list(
>        at MyDesktopApp.main(
> Any suggestions will be appreciated
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