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Java Enterprise Edition 6

The Most Elegant Enterprise Java Yet

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Andrew Rubinger Senior Software Engineer, JBoss, a Division of Red Hat, Inc.

Engages with the very best parts of Java EE 6's public APIs with descriptions, code examples, and class names.

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Section 1

About the Platform

Enterprise software development is inherently complex, and multi-user systems open the door to concerns such as transactional integrity, security, persistence integration, and interaction between components. Very simply put, the mission of the Java Enterprise Edition is to enable an out-of-the-box set of configurable services that allows the programmer to write less and focus on delivering clean business logic.

To this end, Java EE 6 is an aggregate of many interoperable technologies designed to deliver a unified experience. Application Servers that are certified to the standards defined by the Java Community Process are intended to service applications written to the specifications within the platform.

For the sake of brevity, this reference card will focus on the key APIs of Java EE 6 that are most relevant to modern development.

Section 2

Java Platform, Enterprise Edition 6 (Java EE 6)


This umbrella specification ties together the various subsystems that comprise the platform and provides additional integration support.


New to Java EE 6 is the notion of the “Web Profile”, a subset of the full specification that is targeted to cater to more specialized and minimal webbased application requirements. It is guaranteed to support the platform common annotations for injection and lifecycle (JSR-250), JNDI Naming standards, and the Java Transaction API. Additionally, the Web Profile focuses on Servlet and closely related technologies such as persistence, view presentation (JavaServer Faces and JavaServer Pages), and the business logic elements of EJB Lite.

Code Example

The simple class below is all it takes in Java EE 6 to define a POJO-based managed component capable of lifecycle callbacks, interceptors, and resource injection.

* Interceptor logging that an invocation has been received

public class LoggingInterceptor {
	public Object intercept(InvocationContext context) throws Exception {
		System.out.println(“Been intercepted: “ + context);
		return context.proceed(); }

* Defines a simple managed bean able to receive an injection
@Interceptors({LoggingInterceptor.class}) // Invocations will be
	// intercepted
public class ComponentResourceInjection {

	private UserTransaction userTransaction;
	// ... business methods will be intercepted
  	// by LoggingInterceptor


The full JavaDoc for the Java EE 6 API is located at: http://download.oracle.com/javaee/6/api/

Section 3

Common Annotations for the Java Platform


The common annotations for Java EE are a shared package used throughout the platform specifications that generally focus on shared services like lifecycle, injection, and security.

Class Name Description
Generated Marks generated code
ManagedBean Defines a class as a Java EE 6 Managed Bean
PostConstruct Lifecycle callback after an instance has been created but before it is put into service
PreDestroy Lifecycle callback before an instance is to be removed from service
Resource Defines an injection point, marks that this is to be provided by t he container
Resources Allows for injection of N resources
DeclareRoles Class-level target defining valid security roles
DenyAll Marks that no roles are allowed to access this method
PermitAll Marks that all roles are allowed to access this method (or all methods if applied to a class)
RolesAllowed Specifies list of roles permitted to access this method (or all methods if applied to a class)
RunAs Defines the identity context when run in the container
Section 4

Java Servlet 3.0


Servlet technology models the request/response programming model and is commonly used to extend HTTP servers to tie into server-side business logic. In Servlet 3.0, the specification has been expanded to include support for annotations, asynchronous processing, pluggability, and general ease-of-configuration.

Code Example

Because Servlet 3.0 includes annotations to define servlets, the descriptor web.xml is no longer required in most of the common cases; below is an example of all that’s needed to create a simple servlet.

        * Simple Servlet which welcomes the user by name specified
        * by the request parameter “name”.
@WebServlet(urlPatterns =
{“/welcome”}) // Will service requests to the path “/welcome”
public class WelcomeServlet extends HttpServlet
         * Inject a reference to an EJB
        private WelcomeBean bean;
* Service HTTP GET Requests
  protected void doGet(final HttpServletRequest request, final HttpServletResponse
response) throws ServletException,
        // Get the name from the request
        final String name = request.getParameter(“name”);
        // Precondition checks
        if (name == null)
        response.sendError(HttpServletResponse.SC_BAD_REQUEST, “Request
parameter \”name\” is required”);
        // Set content type
        // Get the welcome message
        final String welcomeMessage = bean.welcome(name);
        // Write out

Public API from javax.servlet.annotation:

Class Name Description
HttpConstraint Defines security constraints for all HTTP-servicing methods in a secured servlet
HttpMethodConstraint Defines security constraints for an HTTP-servicing method in a servlet
MultipartConfig Indicates the servlet is to service requests for multipart/form-data MIME type
ServletSecurity Secures a servlet class for HTTP-servicing methods
WebFilter Defines a class as a servlet filter
WebInitParam Specificies an initialization parameter on a servlet or filter
WebListener Defines a class as a web listener
WebServlet Defines a class as a servlet
PermitAll Marks that all roles are allowed to access this method (or all method if applied to a class)
RolesAllowed Specifies list of roles permitted to access this method (or all methods if applied to a class)
RunAs Defines the identity context when run in the container
Section 5

Java API for RESTful Web Services (JAX-RS)


New to Java EE, the JAX-RS specification allows for standard development adhering to the Representational State Transfer (REST) paradigm. These applications are packaged as a Servlet inside a web application archive.

* JAXB Model of a Name
public class Name {
        private String name;

        public Name(String name) {
        this.name = name;
        public Name() {}
        public String getName() {return this.name;}

        public void setName(String name) {
        this.name = name;

  * Services requests for the path “/name”
  * returning the JAXB-formed Name XML
public class NamedResource extends javax.ws.rs.core.Application {
        public Name get(@QueryParam(“name”) String name) {
                return new Name(name);

...and HTTP GET requests to “{baseUrl}/myapp/name?name=andrew” will return the XML form for the Name.

Public API Annotation Selection from javax.ws.rs:

Class Name Description
Consumes Defines the media types that may be accepted
CookieParam Injects the value of an HTTP cookie to a method param or bean/class field
DefaultValue Defines default values for cookies and other parameters
DELETE Flags that a method is to service HTTP DELETE requests
Encoded Disables automatic decoding of parameter values
FormParam Injects the value of a form parameter to a resource method parameter
GET Flags that a method is to service HTTP GET requests
HEAD Flags that a method is to service HTTP HEAD requests
HeaderParam Injects the value of a header parameter
HttpMethod Draws an association between an HTTP method with an annotation
MatrixParam Injects the value of a URI matrix parameter
Path Designates the URI path that a resource class or resource method will serve
PathParam Injects the value of a URI path parameter
POST Flags that a method is to service HTTP POST requests
Produces Signals the media type(s) to be served by this resource
PUT Flags that a method is to service HTTP PUT requests
QueryParam Injects the value of a query parameter
Section 6

Contexts and Dependency Injection for Java


The Java Contexts and Dependency Injection (CDI) specification introduces a standard set of application component management services to the Java EE platform. CDI manages the lifecycle and interactions of stateful components bound to well defined contexts. CDI provides typesafe dependency injection between components. CDI also provides interceptors and decorators to extend the behavior of components, an event model for loosely coupled components and an SPI allowing portable extensions to integrate cleanly with the Java EE environment. Additionally, CDI provides for easy integration with view layers such as JavaServer Faces 2.0 (JSR-314).

Code Example

Below is a simple example of a CDI Bean that is placed in scope alongside the HTTP session, given a String-based name binding (such that it may be used in JSF view components, for example) and injects the FacesContext such that it may be used in business methods.

        @SessionScoped // Bind to the web session
        @Named // To be used in view components by name
        public class GreeterBean implements Serializable {

                @Inject // Used to integrate w/ JSF
                private FacesContext context;

                public GreeterBean() {}

                // ... business methods

Class Name Description
javax.decorator.Decorator Declares the class as a Decorator
javax.decorator.Delegate Specifies the injection point of a Decorator
javax.enterprise.context.ApplicationScoped Specifies the bean has application scope
javax.enterprise.context.ConversationScoped Specifies the bean has conversation scope
javax.enterprise.context.Dependent Specifies the bean belongs to dependent pseudo-scope
javax.enterprise.context.NormalScope Specifies the bean is normallyscoped
javax.enterprise.context.RequestScoped Specifies the bean is request-scoped
javax.enterprise.context.SessionScoped Specifies the bean is session-scoped
javax.enterprise.event.Observes Identifies an event parameter of an observer method
javax.enterprise.inject.Alternative Specifies that the bean is an Alternative
javax.enterprise.inject.Any Built-in qualifier type
javax.enterprise.inject.Default Default qualifier type
javax.enterprise.inject.Disposes Identifies the disposed parameter of a disposer method
javax.enterprise.inject.Model Built-in stereotype for beans defining the model layer of an MVC webapp (ie. JSF)
javax.enterprise.inject.New Built-in qualifier type
javax.enterprise.inject.Produces Identifies a Producer method or field
javax.enterprise.inject.Specializes Indicates that a bean specializes another bean
javax.enterprise.inject.Stereotype Specifies that an annotation is a stereotype
javax.enterprise.inject.Typed Restricts the types of a bean

Relevent Public Annotation API from JSR-330, Dependency Injection for Java in package javax.inject:

Class Name Description
Inject Identifies injectable constructors, methods, and fields
Named String-based qualifier
Qualifier Identifies qualifier annotations
Scope Identifies scope annotations
Singleton Identifies a type that the injector only instantiates once

For a deeper dive into CDI, check out DZone’s CDI Refcard: http://refcardz.dzone.com/refcardz/contexts-and-depencency

Section 7

Bean Validation 1.0

Bean Validation 1.0

New to Java EE 6, the Bean Validation Specification provides for unified declaration of validation constraints upon bean data. It may be used to maintain the integrity of an object at all levels of an application: from user form input in the presentation tier all the way to the persistence layer.

Code Example

Here is an example of how to apply Bean Validation constraints in a declarative fashion to ensure the integrity of a User object.

public class User {
                @Size(min=1, max=15)
                private String firstname;

                @Size(min=1, max=30)
                private String lastname;

                public String email;

Public Annotation API for javax.validation

Class Name Description
Constraint Link between a constraint annotation and its constraint validation implementations
GroupSequence Defines a group sequence
OverridesAttribute Mark an attribute as overriding the attribute of a composing constraint
OverridesAttribute.List Defines several @OverridesAttribute annotations on the same element
ReportAsSingleViolation A constraint annotation hosting this annotation will return the composed annotation error report if any of the composing annotations fail.
Valid Mark an association as cascaded
Section 8

JavaServer Faces 2.0


JavaServer Faces is a user interface (UI) framework for the development of Java web applications. Its primary function is to provide a componentbased toolset for easily displaying dynamic data to the user. It also integrates a rich set of tools to help manage state and promote code reuse.

Additionally, JSF is an extensible specification that encourages the authoring of custom user views. It’s designed with tooling in mind such that integrated development environments (IDEs) can intelligently assist with design.

Code Example

Here we’ll show a simple example of a JSF managed bean whose state is scope to the HTTP request, and is registered to a bean name that may be accessed by the view layer.

  * This class defines a bean to live bound to the HTTP
  * request scope, and may be accessed by the view layer
  * under the name “hitchhikersGuide”.
import javax.annotation.PostConstruct;
import javax.enterprise.context.RequestScoped;
import javax.faces.application.ProjectStage;
import javax.faces.bean.ManagedBean;
import javax.faces.bean.ManagedProperty;

@ManagedBean(name = “hitchhikersGuide”)
public class HitchhikersGuide {
private String ultimateAnswer;

        @ManagedProperty(value = “#{facesContext.application.projectStage}”)
        private ProjectStage journeyStage;
        public String getUltimateAnswer() {
          return ultimateAnswer;
        public void setUltimateAnswer(String ultimateAnswer) {
          this.ultimateAnswer = ultimateAnswer;
        public ProjectStage getJourneyStage() {
          return journeyStage;
        public void setJourneyStage(ProjectStage journeyStage) {
          this.journeyStage = journeyStage;
        public void findUltimateAnswerToUltimateQuestion() {
          ultimateAnswer = “42”;


index.xhtml View:

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC “-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN”
<html xmlns=”http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml”
                <title>Sample JSF Page</title>
                <h2><h:outputText value=”Test Managed Bean Annotations”/></h2>
                <p><h:outputText value=”hitchhikersGuide.ultimateAnswer =
                <h2><h:outputText value=”Test Project Stage”/></h2>
                <p><h:outputText value=”project stage = #{hitchhikersGuide.

Public API from javax.faces.bean:

Class Name Description
ApplicationScoped Denotes a ManagedBean is to be in application scope
CustomScoped Denotes a ManagedBean is to be in a custom-defined scope of the specified value
ManagedBean Defines a class as a ManagedBean type
ManagedProperty Injection point for fields in ManagedBean classes
NoneScoped Denotes a ManagedBean is to be in the “none” scope
ReferencedBean Denotes the class as a referenced bean
RequestScoped Denotes a ManagedBean is to be in request scope
SessionScoped Denotes a ManagedBean is to be in session scope
ViewScoped Denotes a ManagedBean is to be in view scope
Class Name Description
Application Singleton scoped per web application to provide configuration for things like validators, components and converters
ApplicationFactory Creates (if required) and returns Application instances
ApplicationWrapper Application type which may be used by developers to add to an existing ResourceHandler
ConfigurableNavigation-Handler Extends NavidationHandler to provide runtime inspection of the NavigationCase which defines the rule base for navigation
FacesMessage A single validation message
NavigationCase A single navigation case in the navigation rule base
NavigationHandler Handles navigation from a given action and outcome
Resource Models a client resource request
ResourceHandler API by which UIComponent and Renderer instances can reference Resource instances
ResourceWrapper Simple base implementation of Resource to be extended by developers looking to add custom behaviors
StateManager Coordinates the process of saving and restoring the view between client requests
StateManagerWrapper Base implementation of a StateManager which may be subclasses by developers looking to add custom behaviors
ViewHandler Pluggable point for the render response and restore view phases of the request lifecycle.
ViewHandlerWrapper Base implementation of a ViewHandler which may be subclasses by developers looking to add custom behaviors.
Section 9

Enterprise JavaBeans 3.1


Enterprise JavaBeans provide a component model to encapsulate business logic. As such, they provide a few bean types:

  • Session Beans
  • Stateless
  • No conversational state between requests
  • Stateful
  • Same bean instance used to service each client/session
  • Singleton
  • One shared bean instance for all users
  • Message-Driven
  • Event Listener
  • JCA endpoint
  • Asynchronous
  • Entity
  • Integration point w/ Java Persistence

Code Example

It’s simple to define an EJB capable of greeting a user.

 * Stateless Session EJB
@Stateless // Defines a Stateless Session Bean
@LocalBean // No-interface view
public class GreeterBean {
        public String greet(String name) {
                return “Hi, “ + name + “!”;

Other components, such as Servlets, may now inject a proxy to the above EJB:

@EJB private GreeterBean greeterEjb;

Public API Annotation Selection from javax.ejb:

Class Name Description
AccessTimeout Designates the amount of time a concurrent method should block before timing out
ActivationConfig-Property Used to configure Message-Driven Beans
AfterBegin Defines a Tx callback method for the “after begin” event
AfterCompletion Defines a Tx callback method for the “after completion” event
ApplicationException Defines a user exception which should not be wrapped
Asynchronous Defines methods to be executed asynchronously.
BeforeCompletion Defines a Tx callback method for the “before completion” event
ConcurrencyManagement Configures the concurrency management mode for a singleton session bean
DependsOn Designates initialization order for Singleton Session Beans
EJB Defines an injection point and dependency upon an EJB component
EJBs Plural injection point and dependency for EJB components, to be applied at the class-level
Local Defines a local business interface view
LocalBean Defines a no-interface view
Lock Defines a concurrency lock for Singleton Session Beans using container-managed concurrency
MessageDriven Defines a Message-Driven Bean
Defines an event callback after a Stateful Session Bean has been activated
PrePassivate Defines an event callback before a Stateful Session Bean is to be passivated
Remote Defines a remote business interface view
Remove Defines a business method that should trigger the removal of a Stateful Session Bean instance (i.e., destroy the session
Schedule Defines a new timer to be created with a specified schedule
Schedules Plural of Schedule
Singleton Defines a Singleton Session Bean
Startup Denotes that a Singleton Session Bean should eagerly load
Stateful Defines a Stateful Session Bean
StatefulTimeout Defines a Stateful Session Bean
Stateless Defines a Stateless Session Bean
Timeout Defines a timer expiration method
TransactionAttribute Configures the transactional context under which business methods should execute
TransactionManagement Configures transactional management for a Session or Message-Driven Bean (container or bean provided)
Section 10

Java Persistence 2.0


Most enterprise applications will need to deal with persistent data, and interaction with relational databases can be a tedious and difficult endeavor. The Java Persistence specification aims to provide an object view of backend storage in a transactionally aware manner. By dealing with POJOs, JPA enables developers to perform database operations without the need for manually tuning SQL.

Code Example

A JPA entity is simply a POJO with some annotations to provide additional mapping metadata. For instance:

        public class SimpleEmployee {
                @Id @Auto
                private Long id;
                private String name;
                public Long getId(){ return id; }
                public void setId(final Long id) { this.id = id; }
                public String getName() { return name; }
                public void setName(final String name) { this.name = name; }

Now a managed component such as an EJB or CDI bean can interact with the database through our entity by associating it with an EntityManager

private EntityManager em;
public void createUser(){
        final SimpleEmployee andrew = new SimpleEmployee();
        andrew.setName(“Andrew Lee Rubinger”);
        em.persist(andrew); // Store in the DB
        // Now any state changes done to this managed object will be
        // reflected in the database when the Tx completes

Public API Annotation Selection from javax.persistence:

Class Name Description
Basic Describes mapping for a database column
Column Specifies column mapping for a persistent property
DiscriminatorColumn Notes the discriminator column used for SINGLE_TABLE and JOINED inheritance strategies
DiscriminatorValue Specifies the value of the discriminator column for entities of this type
ElementCollection Defines a collection of instances
Embeddable Defines a class whose instances are stored as part of the owning entity
Embedded Specifies a persistent property whose value is an instance of an embeddable class
EmbeddedId Denotes composite primary key of an embeddable class
Entity Defines a POJO as a persistent entity
EntityListeners Specifies callback listeners
Enumerated Specifies that a persistent property should be persisted as an enumeration
GeneratedValue Specifies generation strategies for primary keys
Id Denotes a primary key field
IdClass Denotes a composite primary key class
Inheritance Denotes the inheritance strategy for this given entity
JoinColumn Specifies a column for joining an entity association or element collection.
JoinColumns Plural of JoinColumn
JoinTable Maps associations
Lob Denotes a binary large object persistent property
ManyToMany Defines an N:N relationship
ManyToOne Defines an N:1 relationship
NamedQuery Defines a static query in JPAQL
OneToMany Defines a 1:N relationship
OneToOne Defines a 1:1 relationship
OrderBy Specifies ordering of elements when a Collection is retrieved
PersistenceContext Used for injecting EntityManager instances
PersistenceUnit Used for injecting EntityManagerFactory instances
PostLoad Define an event callback method
PostPersist Define an event callback method
PostRemove Define an event callback method
PostUpdate Define an event callback method
PrePersist Define an event callback method
PreRemove Define an event callback method
PreUpdate Define an event callback method
Table Specifies the primary table for this entity
Temporal Denotes persistence of Date and Calendar field types
Transient Denotes that a property is not persistent
Version Specifies the persistent property used as the optimistic lock


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