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Why not use RequiresNew/Supports for MDB?


Joined: Sep 10, 2004
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One of the things mentioned in HFE is that MessageDrivenBeans should use only Required or NotSupported as Tx attributes.

But since the container calls the MDB's onMessage method, we can assume that the onMessage call is called without any tx context.

It will be like this when Required is used

                            (Tx A)
Container    --->    Container
(no tx)                        (No tx)

Wont it be the same when when the RequiresNew is used too?

Also we assume that when the container calls NotSupports, it is calling without any tx context. If that is the case, why cant Supports be a valid attribute (because Supports and NotSupported will look the same)?

So why cant we use it them?
[ November 21, 2004: Message edited by: Justin ]
Mikalai Zaikin
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Joined: Jun 04, 2002
Posts: 3322

The reason is because client can not pass his transaction to MDB and he can not receive back MDB's exception.

Here what EJB 2.0 specification says:

Only the NotSupported and Required transaction attributes may be used for message-driven beans.

The use of the other transaction attributes is not meaningful for message-driven beans because there can be no pre-existing transaction context (RequiresNew, Supports) and no client to handle
exceptions (Mandatory, Never).


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