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JMS pools configuration

BTM XA connection factories can be created - like their JDBC conterpart - via some java code or via a BTM-specific tool called the Resource Loader. You are free to choose the method you prefer, there is absolutely no difference between them.

Supported JMS version


BTM only supports the JMS 1.1 API. Only servers supporting it can be used with BTM. There is currently no way to make BTM work with JMS 1.0.2 API.

Using code

BTM comes bundled with a JMS XA connection pool. It is very easy to configure it. You basically have to create an instance of set some properties and you're done.

Here is an example of datasource creation that connects to an ActiveMQ JMS server:

1. The Bitronix PoolingConnectionFactory is a javabean that implements javax.jms.ConnectionFactory.
2. You have to specify the JMS server's XAConnectionFactory implementation here. It might be that this class cannot be directly instantiated because the JMS specification only specifies that implementations of this class should be available from JNDI. If your vendor only allows XAConnectionFactory implementations to be acquired from JNDI, you should have a look at XA Connection factories only available from JNDI.
3. Each connection factory must be assigned a unique name. This is required for distributed crash recovery.
4. This connection factory will pool 5 connections.
5. You have to set allowLocalTransactions to true if you want to be able to send or receive messages outside of XA transactions scope.
6. The driverProperties is a java.util.Properties object. You have to add into it a set of property name / property value of the ActiveMQXAConnectionFactory class. You have to refer to the JMS server's documentation to know what can / has to be set. The ActiveMQXAConnectionFactory javadoc contains this list for the ActiveMQ case. BTM will perform conversion from String to boolean or to int when necessary.
7,8. You can now use the PoolingConnectionFactory like any other javax.jms.ConnectionFactory.
9. Remember to close the PoolingConnectionFactory after you're done with it to release the connections.

Eager initialization

Like for JDBC, the connection pool will be initialized during the first call to createConnection(). It might be desirable to initialize the pool eagerly, like during application startup rather than having to wait for the first requests. This can also be done by calling init():

Now line 7 will initialize the pool and create the 5 connections to the database instead of line 8.

Using the Resource Loader

A connection factory configuration utility is also bundled with BTM. It is convenient to use it rather than create your connection factory in code. Refer to the Resource Loader page for more details.

Here is the equivalent Resource Loader configuration of the previous code example:

You just have to write those properties in a simple text file and tell BTM where to load it by setting the resourceConfigurationFilename property of the Configuration object.

Eager initialization


The Resource Loader will always eager initialize the created connection factories.

Now you also have to know how to get the connection factory created by the Resource Loader. There are multiple ways:

  • Add to your resource loader properties file. The connection factories will then be bound to the default JNDI server using their uniqueName as their JNDI name.
  • Another way (in case the JNDI context is read only, like in Tomcat) is to bind a object, passing it a javax.naming.Reference containing a javax.naming.StringRefAddr containing the connection factory's uniqueName as addrType somewhere in your JNDI tree. The class will just return the connection factory with the specified uniqueName. This is explained more in-depth in the Jetty and Tomcat documentation pages.
  • The last way is to call uniqueName). This is the least preferred method as this ties your code to BTM which you probably want to avoid.
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