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J2EE/Struts 1.1 pattern tips

Wai Tak Pau
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Joined: Oct 04, 2003
Posts: 4
I'm trying to seperate database calls from my actions and I have that
implementation seperate in a class called DataAccess. Now I'm trying
to think of what the best way of architecting this would be. I want to
make use of the getDataSource() method of my Action class but I don't
want my Action class making db calls and I don't want my DataAccess
class extending the Action class. How would I set up this relationship
between my action class and my class that manages all database calls?
The way I have it set up right now is that the Action class creates a
new instance of a connection (using getDataSource()) and then passes
that as an argument into a newly created instance of my DataAccess
Object which my DataAccess object can then use to make db calls. This
doesn't seem right though. The functionality for connecting and
communicating with the database should be encapsulated completely in
my DataAccess object right?
I'm looking through the J2EE patterns at sun but nothing specific to
Struts 1.1. The data access tutorial at apache shows an example of an
action class making a database connection in an actual Action which is
not what I want to do.
If anyone could provide some tips or examples I'd appreciate it.
Thanks in advance.
Peter den Haan
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Joined: Apr 20, 2000
Posts: 3252
There is no clean way to do this using Struts infrastructure. You are right: passing in the DataSource from your Action is not good. The Action should not need to care what persistence mechanism is used by the DAO. Alternatively, since the DataSource gets stored into the servlet context (application scope) your DAO could conceivably retrieve it directly from there, but this introduces an unnecessary and ugly dependence of your DAO classes on the servlet API. Not very good either.
There is a standard J2EE way to solve this problem, however, and this is to get your application server to set up a DataSource for you in JNDI and for your DAO class to retrieve it from there. This will work in all application servers, in both the web and EJB tiers. This article describes in detail how to do this for Tomcat 4; other application servers work in similar ways. Struts' DataSource support has essentially long been superseded by the J2EE way of doing things -- avoid it if you can.
- Peter
Wai Tak Pau
Greenhorn

Joined: Oct 04, 2003
Posts: 4
thanks for your help Peter
 
Don't get me started about those stupid light bulbs.
 
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