Chapter 5. Periodic Job

The Periodic Job pattern extends the Batch Job pattern by adding a time dimension and allowing the execution of a unit of work to be triggered by a temporal event.


In the world of distributed systems and microservices, there is a clear tendency toward real-time and event-driven application interactions using HTTP and lightweight messaging. However, regardless of the latest trends in software development, job scheduling has a long history, and it is still relevant. Periodic Jobs are commonly used for automating system maintenance or administrative tasks. They are also relevant to business applications requiring specific tasks to be performed periodically. Typical examples here are business-to-business integration through file transfer, application integration through database polling, sending newsletter emails, and cleaning up and archiving old files.

The traditional way of handling Periodic Jobs for system maintenance purposes has been the use ...

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