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EJB 3 In Action errata - InvocationContext

Tyronne Fernando
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Joined: May 11, 2008
Posts: 50
The following code is from EJB 3 In Action page 212.

public class SecurityInterceptor {
public Object checkUserRole(InvocationContext context)
throws Exception {
if (!context.getEJBContext().isCallerInRole("CSR")) {
throw new SecurityException(
"No permissions to cancel bid");
return context.proceed();

public class BidManagerBean implements BidManager {
public void cancelBid(Bid bid, Item item) { ... }

Does anyone can tell me where is the getEJBContext() method is coming from? That method is not specified for InvocationContext ( Also I can't find any correction in the errata (

Thanks in advance.

Yucca Nel
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Joined: Nov 20, 2008
Posts: 147

Whenever you see context think to yourself a window: EJB Context = a window to the environment surrounding the EJB, ENC = a window to the environment naming etc. In this case we have a window to the invocation of the interceptor which is the method that the is being intercepted. You now have a window to lookup that methods parameters, class that it is a member of etc. You even can set the parameters of that method.

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