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Monitoring database table for changes

 
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Hello All,

I am currently beginning to work with EJBs. I am trying to decide if and what flavor bean (or other JavaEE technology) I should use for the following problem:

I need to look for changes to a database table every x seconds. Of course, if a change is detected, I need to then do something based on that change. Then
I would need to change another field in the database so that when I come back to it in x seconds, I do not detect the same change multiple times.

What would be the best approach for dealing with this problem?

Thanks in advance for any help,
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I can think of two approaches:
1) Add a last updated field to each column and check for changes since your last visit.
2) Add a trigger to write the fact that a column has changed elsewhere.

With either approach, you'll want a Timer at the JEE end to regularly query for changes.
 
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Thanks for the reply.

I do have a column/field that I write to after I detect a change to prevent duplicate data grabs.

The problem is that I don't know what type of bean I should be using to do this kind of work if I
wanted to use EJBs to do this portion of the work.

So, what is the best EJB construct to do this? Which flavor of EJB should I be grabbing the data with
and for detecting the change (I am just using a timer and a jdbc call every 10 seconds right now).

Thanks Again for your time,
B Porter
 
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I hope the following is an appropriate plan

So I am going to try the following:

Set up a stateless Session bean with a timer function to query an input table for new rows.

New row(s) show up
Make a call to an Entity Bean that will input the new data in its appropriate table

Have a separate stateless Session bean that is called by first bean to do other business logic on
the data that is now in table.

My question - does this seem like a scalable/smart way of doing this?

Thanks for any suggestions,
B Porter
 
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B Porter wrote:New row(s) show up
Make a call to an Entity Bean that will input the new data in its appropriate table


I don't follow this. The new row is in the table, no? Do you mean another table?

B Porter wrote:Have a separate stateless Session bean that is called by first bean to do other business logic on
the data that is now in table.


This part seems good.
 
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Sorry for the confusion -
You have a dump off table for the listener bean

Then you have another table for the Entity bean


Thanks for your patience,
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