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Managing OC4J and Configuring J2EE Applications

This article will help you get a better grasp of how Oracle Application Server 10g supports Java 2EE applications. It is excerpted from chapter eight of the book Oracle 10g Application Server Exam Guide, written by Sam Alapati (McGraw-Hill; ISBN: 0072262710).

  1. Managing OC4J and Configuring J2EE Applications
  2. Enterprise JavaBeans
  3. Deploying EJBs
  5. Default OracleAS OC4J Instances
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February 15, 2007

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Oracle Application Server 10g provides support for Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) applications, and support for J2EE is a crucial and integral part of Oracle Application Server 10g. This chapter is devoted to explaining how J2EE applications work and how the OracleAS component OC4J (Oracle Containers for Java) provides support for enterprise J2EE applications. This is in addition to supporting the work of several other OracleAS components, such as the OracleAS Portal and Delegated Administrative Services (DAS).


Introduction to J2EE

The Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) offers a component-based framework for designing, developing, and deploying Web-based enterprise applications. J2EE defines the specification for EJBs. J2EE is a set of Java technologies, with each of them being designed for a specific purpose, such as providing security, enabling transactions, or sending email. Letís start our review of J2EE with a short summary of the various J2EE components.

J2EE Components

In this section, the main J2EE components are explained. In addition, I explain how Oracle Application Server 10g supports each of these essential features.

Java Authentication and Authorization Service

The Java Authentication and Authorization Service (JAAS) is Javaís security package, which provides user authentication and user access control capabilities. OC4J implements JAAS order to provide developers a way to offer secure access to J2EE applications. You can also integrate Oracleís implementation of JAAS with the OracleAS Single Sign-On and the Oracle Internet Directory.

Java Transaction API

Java Transaction API (JTA) is the specification of standard Java interfaces between a central transaction monitor and all the parties in a distributed transaction system. JTA is used by applications deployed in the OracleAS to demarcate transactions. For single database-based transactions, JTA helps provide the Single-Phase Commit to demarcate transactions and for transactions involving multiple databases, JTA provides the Two-Phase Commit mechanism. As youíll see later, OracleAS lets you use non-emulated databases to provide support for the Two-Phase Commit mechanism.

Java Naming and Directory Interface

The Java Naming and Directory Interface (JNDI) is an independent directory service that enables Java applications to access various naming and directory services with a common Application Programming Interface (API). OC4J implements the JNDI service to provide necessary naming and directory functionality to applications.

Java Message Service

The Java Message Service (JMS) provides standard messaging API, which enables application components to pass data among themselves. Java programs use JMS to access enterprise message systems. JMS helps you integrate heterogeneous systems using the standard messaging API.

Remote Method Invocation

Remote Method Invocation (RMI) helps distributed applications communicate through invoking procedure calls. Using RMI, methods of Java objects can be invoked remotely from other Java Virtual Machines. OC4J provides RMI support over two protocols: the Oracle Remote Method Invocation (ORMI) protocol and the Internet Inter-ORB Protocol (IIOP). EJBs, by default, use the RMI/ORMI protocol to communicate, instead of the alternative RMI/IIOP protocol.

Data Sources

Data sources are encapsulations of database server connections that help provide database connectivity to your J2EE applications. OracleAS provides support for emulated and non-emulated data sources, which are discussed in detail later in this chapter.

Java Transaction API

EJBs use Java Transaction API (JTA) 1.0.1 for managing transactions. These transactions involve single-phase and two-phase commits.

J2EE Connector Architecture

The J2EE Connector Architecture (J2CA) provides a standard architecture for connecting the J2EE platform to non-Java-based enterprise systems such as ERPs and relational database management systems and legacy applications.

Java Object Cache

The Java Object Cache provides Java classes to improve performance by caching local copies of Java objects within a process.


Because the main topic in this chapter, OC4J, is all about enabling J2EE-based applications, itís important for the reader to understand the common terminology used when dealing with J2EE applications. The following sections are devoted to that.


Servlets are small programs that run on the server, and you use them to enable dynamic content in your Web pages or JSP documents. During their execution, servlets can access the Enterprise Java Beans (which are defined later).

Java Server Pages

Java Server Pages are HTML pages that contain embedded Java code.


JavaBeans are reusable components that implement the functionality you need in J2EE applications. You can use various JavaBeans in your J2EE applications.

J2EE Containers

A J2EE container contains the framework for running EJBs, such as starting an EJB, and provides necessary support services for the EJB to perform its magic. OC4J is one type of J2EE container, and youíll learn a lot about it later in this chapter.

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