Features of WebLogic’s CMP

This section examines a number of WebLogic features that distinguish WebLogic’s CMP implementation. These include convenience features such as automatic generation of primary keys for new EJB instances, automatic creation of DBMS tables that map to the abstract persistent model, and more performance-oriented features such as statement batching, optimistic concurrency, and fetching preconfigured groups of fields. Later in this chapter, we look at two optimizations for container-managed EJB relationships: enabling the DBMS to take charge of cascading an EJB remove to related EJB instances and relationship caching.

Automatic Primary Key Generation

WebLogic can generate primary key values automatically for noncompound primary key fields. To support this, the primary key class element in the ejb-jar.xml file must be either java.lang.Integer or java.lang.Long. The keys can be generated in two ways: WebLogic can either delegate the primary key generation to the DBMS, or it can use a named sequence table.

DBMS-generated primary keys

If you are using either Oracle or Microsoft’s SQL Server, WebLogic can use the underlying DBMS to generate primary keys. In Oracle, the EJB container accomplishes this using Oracle’s sequences. When a new primary key is needed, it calls on the sequence (or increments a cached sequence number). For SQL Server, it uses identity columns, which means that the primary key value is supplied automatically by the DBMS when the row is inserted. ...

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