This week's book giveaway is in the OCAJP 8 forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA Java SE 8 Programmer I Study Guide and have Edward Finegan & Robert Liguori on-line! See this thread for details.
What is the best mechanism to run a piece of code on a J2EE box at regular intervals? Is this covered by the J2EE spec or would, for instance, a "scheduled servlet/EJB" be vendor specific functionality? For background info: I am trying to develop an FTP feed that will run every 30 mins (probably no an IBM WS4 box), pull in XML docs via FTP and inset data into an RDBMS. I have the FTP->XML->JDBC code sorted - I just need to put it into something that will run on a schedule.