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The basic building blocks of a JMS application consist of

Administered Objects: connection factories and destinations
Message Producers
Message Consumers

Figure 33-5 shows how all these objects fit together in a JMS client application.

The JMS API Programming Model

Figure 33-5 The JMS API Programming Model

This section describes all these objects briefly and provides sample commands and code snippets that show how to create and use the objects. The last subsection briefly describes JMS API exception handling.

Examples that show how to combine all these objects in applications appear in later sections. For more details, see the JMS API documentation, which is part of the J2EE API documentation.

Administered Objects
Two parts of a JMS application--destinations and connection factories--are best maintained administratively rather than programmatically. The technology underlying these objects is likely to be very different from one implementation of the JMS API to another. Therefore, the management of these objects belongs with other administrative tasks that vary from provider to provider.

JMS clients access these objects through interfaces that are portable, so a client application can run with little or no change on more than one implementation of the JMS API. Ordinarily, an administrator configures administered objects in a JNDI namespace, and JMS clients then look them up by using the JNDI API. J2EE applications always use the JNDI API.

With the Application Server, you use the Admin Console to create JMS administered objects in the form of resources. You can also use the asadmin command.

Connection Factories
A connection factory is the object a client uses to create a connection to a provider. A connection factory encapsulates a set of connection configuration parameters that has been defined by an administrator. Each connection factory is an instance of the ConnectionFactory, QueueConnectionFactory, or TopicConnectionFactory interface.

To learn how to use the Admin Console to create connection factories, see Creating JMS Administered Objects.

At the beginning of a JMS client program, you usually perform a JNDI lookup of a connection factory, then cast and assign it to a ConnectionFactory object.

For example, the following code fragment obtains an InitialContext object and uses it to look up a ConnectionFactory by name. Then it assigns it to a ConnectionFactory object:

Context ctx = new InitialContext();
ConnectionFactory connectionFactory = (ConnectionFactory)

In a J2EE application, JMS administered objects are normally placed in the jms naming subcontext.

A destination is the object a client uses to specify the target of messages it produces and the source of messages it consumes. In the PTP messaging domain, destinations are called queues. In the pub/sub messaging domain, destinations are called topics.

Creating destinations using the Application Server is a two-step process. You create a JMS destination resource that specifies the JNDI name of the destination. You also create a physical destination to which the JNDI name refers.

To learn how to use the Admin Console to create physical destinations and destination resources, see Creating JMS Administered Objects.

A JMS application can use multiple queues or topics (or both).

In addition to looking up a connection factory in a client program, you usually look up a destination. Unlike connection factories, destinations are specific to one domain or the other. To create an application that allows you to use the same code for both topics and queues, you cast and assign the destination to a Destination object. To preserve the semantics of queues and topics, however, you cast and assign the object to a destination of the appropriate type.

For example, the following line of code performs a JNDI lookup of the previously created topic jms/MyTopic and casts and assigns it to a Destination object:

Destination myDest = (Destination) ctx.lookup("jms/MyTopic");

The following line of code looks up a queue named jms/MyQueue and casts and assigns it to a Queue object:

Queue myQueue = (Queue) ctx.lookup("jms/MyQueue");

With the common interfaces, you can mix or match connection factories and destinations. That is, in addition to using the ConnectionFactory interface, you can look up a QueueConnectionFactory and use it with a Topic, and you can look up a TopicConnectionFactory and use it with a Queue. The behavior of the application will depend on the kind of destination you use and not on the kind of connection factory you use.

A connection encapsulates a virtual connection with a JMS provider. A connection could represent an open TCP/IP socket between a client and a provider service daemon. You use a connection to create one or more sessions.

Connections implement the Connection interface. When you have a ConnectionFactory object, you can use it to create a Connection:

Connection connection = connectionFactory.createConnection();

Before an application completes, you must close any connections that you have created. Failure to close a connection can cause resources not to be released by the JMS provider. Closing a connection also closes its sessions and their message producers and message consumers.


Before your application can consume messages, you must call the connection's start method; for details, see Message Consumers. If you want to stop message delivery temporarily without closing the connection, you call the stop method.

A session is a single-threaded context for producing and consuming messages. You use sessions to create message producers, message consumers, and messages. Sessions serialize the execution of message listeners; for details, see Message Listeners.

A session provides a transactional context with which to group a set of sends and receives into an atomic unit of work. For details, see Using JMS API Local Transactions.

Sessions implement the Session interface. After you create a Connection object, you use it to create a Session:

Session session = connection.createSession(false,

The first argument means that the session is not transacted; the second means that the session automatically acknowledges messages when they have been received successfully. (For more information, see Controlling Message Acknowledgment.)

To create a transacted session, use the following code:

Session session = connection.createSession(true, 0);

Here, the first argument means that the session is transacted; the second indicates that message acknowledgment is not specified for transacted sessions. For more information on transactions, see Using JMS API Local Transactions. For information about the way JMS transactions work in J2EE applications, see Using the JMS API in a J2EE Application.

Message Producers
A message producer is an object that is created by a session and used for sending messages to a destination. It implements the MessageProducer interface.

You use a Session to create a MessageProducer for a destination. Here, the first example creates a producer for the destination myQueue, and the second for the destination myTopic:

MessageProducer producer = session.createProducer(myQueue);
MessageProducer producer = session.createProducer(myTopic);

You can create an unidentified producer by specifying null as the argument to createProducer. With an unidentified producer, you do not specify a destination until you send a message.

After you have created a message producer, you can use it to send messages by using the send method:


You must first create the messages; see Messages.

If you created an unidentified producer, use an overloaded send method that specifies the destination as the first parameter. For example:

MessageProducer anon_prod = session.createProducer(null);
anon_prod.send(myQueue, message);

Message Consumers
A message consumer is an object that is created by a session and used for receiving messages sent to a destination. It implements the MessageConsumer interface.

A message consumer allows a JMS client to register interest in a destination with a JMS provider. The JMS provider manages the delivery of messages from a destination to the registered consumers of the destination.

For example, you use a Session to create a MessageConsumer for either a queue or a topic:

MessageConsumer consumer = session.createConsumer(myQueue);
MessageConsumer consumer = session.createConsumer(myTopic);

You use the Session.createDurableSubscriber method to create a durable topic subscriber. This method is valid only if you are using a topic. For details, see Creating Durable Subscriptions.

After you have created a message consumer, it becomes active, and you can use it to receive messages. You can use the close method for a MessageConsumer to make the message consumer inactive. Message delivery does not begin until you start the connection you created by calling its start method. (Remember always to call the start method; forgetting to start the connection is one of the most common JMS programming errors.)

You use the receive method to consume a message synchronously. You can use this method at any time after you call the start method:

Message m = consumer.receive();
Message m = consumer.receive(1000); // time out after a second

To consume a message asynchronously, you use a message listener, described in Message Listeners.

Message Listeners
A message listener is an object that acts as an asynchronous event handler for messages. This object implements the MessageListener interface, which contains one method, onMessage. In the onMessage method, you define the actions to be taken when a message arrives.

You register the message listener with a specific MessageConsumer by using the setMessageListener method. For example, if you define a class named Listener that implements the MessageListener interface, you can register the message listener as follows:

Listener myListener = new Listener();

After you register the message listener, you call the start method on the Connection to begin message delivery. (If you call start before you register the message listener, you are likely to miss messages.)

When message delivery begins, the JMS provider automatically calls the message listener's onMessage method whenever a message is delivered. The onMessage method takes one argument of type Message, which your implementation of the method can cast to any of the other message types (see Message Bodies).

A message listener is not specific to a particular destination type. The same listener can obtain messages from either a queue or a topic, depending on the type of destination for which the message consumer was created. A message listener does, however, usually expect a specific message type and format. Moreover, if it needs to reply to messages, a message listener must either assume a particular destination type or obtain the destination type of the message and create a producer for that destination type.

Your onMessage method should handle all exceptions. It must not throw checked exceptions, and throwing a RuntimeException is considered a programming error.

The session used to create the message consumer serializes the execution of all message listeners registered with the session. At any time, only one of the session's message listeners is running.

In the J2EE platform, a message-driven bean is a special kind of message listener. For details, see Using Message-Driven Beans.

Message Selectors
If your messaging application needs to filter the messages it receives, you can use a JMS API message selector, which allows a message consumer to specify the messages it is interested in. Message selectors assign the work of filtering messages to the JMS provider rather than to the application. For an example of an application that uses a message selector, see A J2EE Application That Uses the JMS API with a Session Bean.

A message selector is a String that contains an expression. The syntax of the expression is based on a subset of the SQL92 conditional expression syntax. The message selector in the example selects any message that has a NewsType property that is set to the value 'Sports' or 'Opinion':

NewsType = 'Sports' OR NewsType = 'Opinion'

The createConsumer and createDurableSubscriber methods allow you to specify a message selector as an argument when you create a message consumer.

The message consumer then receives only messages whose headers and properties match the selector. (See Message Headers, and Message Properties.) A message selector cannot select messages on the basis of the content of the message body.

The ultimate purpose of a JMS application is to produce and to consume messages that can then be used by other software applications. JMS messages have a basic format that is simple but highly flexible, allowing you to create messages that match formats used by non-JMS applications on heterogeneous platforms.

A JMS message has three parts: a header, properties, and a body. Only the header is required. The following sections describe these parts:

Message Headers
Message Properties (optional)
Message Bodies (optional)
For complete documentation of message headers, properties, and bodies, see the documentation of the Message interface in the API documentation.

Message Headers
A JMS message header contains a number of predefined fields that contain values that both clients and providers use to identify and to route messages. Table 33-1 lists the JMS message header fields and indicates how their values are set. For example, every message has a unique identifier, which is represented in the header field JMSMessageID. The value of another header field, JMSDestination, represents the queue or the topic to which the message is sent. Other fields include a timestamp and a priority level.

Each header field has associated setter and getter methods, which are documented in the description of the Message interface. Some header fields are intended to be set by a client, but many are set automatically by the send or the publish method, which overrides any client-set values.

Table 33-1 How JMS Message Header Field Values Are Set   Header Field  Set By 
JMSDestination  send or publish method 
JMSDeliveryMode  send or publish method 
JMSExpiration  send or publish method 
JMSPriority  send or publish method 
JMSMessageID  send or publish method 
JMSTimestamp  send or publish method 
JMSCorrelationID  Client 
JMSReplyTo  Client 
JMSType  Client 
JMSRedelivered  JMS provider 

Message Properties
You can create and set properties for messages if you need values in addition to those provided by the header fields. You can use properties to provide compatibility with other messaging systems, or you can use them to create message selectors (see Message Selectors). For an example of setting a property to be used as a message selector, see A J2EE Application That Uses the JMS API with a Session Bean.

The JMS API provides some predefined property names that a provider can support. The use either of these predefined properties or of user-defined properties is optional.

Message Bodies
The JMS API defines five message body formats, also called message types, which allow you to send and to receive data in many different forms and provide compatibility with existing messaging formats. Table 33-2 describes these message types.

Table 33-2 JMS Message Types   Message Type  Body Contains  
Header Field
Set By
send or publish method
send or publish method
send or publish method
send or publish method
send or publish method
send or publish method
JMS provider

The JMS API provides methods for creating messages of each type and for filling in their contents. For example, to create and send a TextMessage, you might use the following statements:

TextMessage message = session.createTextMessage();
message.setText(msg_text);     // msg_text is a String

At the consuming end, a message arrives as a generic Message object and must be cast to the appropriate message type. You can use one or more getter methods to extract the message contents. The following code fragment uses the getText method:

Message m = consumer.receive();
if (m instanceof TextMessage) {
  TextMessage message = (TextMessage) m;
  System.out.println("Reading message: " + message.getText());
} else {
  // Handle error

Exception Handling
The root class for exceptions thrown by JMS API methods is JMSException. Catching JMSException provides a generic way of handling all exceptions related to the JMS API. The JMSException class includes the following subclasses, which are described in the API documentation:

All the examples in the tutorial catch and handle JMSException when it is appropriate to do so.

posted on 2010-04-17 22:39 Paul Lin 阅读(764) 评论(0)  编辑  收藏 所属分类: J2EE基础