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From jpmad4it <>
Subject Re: Tomcat and openEJB - how to do this simple config?
Date Fri, 13 Feb 2009 08:12:52 GMT

Hi David,

Thanks for the reply once again.

I have had a chance to look into the EJB issue a lot more, and I think
you're right in saying that maybe its not the best solution.

Basically, at a high level view here is what we want to achieve:

IDMS --------JDBC-------Tomcat------ PHP/Java Bridge-----PHP-------TYPO3 CMS

The non-IDMS technologies are running on Linux.

The issue causing all the problems is getting PHP to connect to IDMS. We
have to use JDBC because there is no IDMS ODBC driver available on Linux. So
this is where JDBC and Tomcat come into it. I have been experimenting with
the PHP/Java Bridge, and Quercus on Resin. I have found out that I can
actually run the TYPO3 CMS (all written in PHP) in Tomcat using the PHP/Java
Bridge. It allows me to connect to (via JDBC) and query both MySQL and IDMS
using SQL which is pretty cool.....but I'm worried that somewhere down the
line problems will crop up due to TYPO3 running in Tomcat (which its not
made to do). I tried Resin but that wouldn't install, so I tried quercus
standalone in Tomcat but it didnt give the same results as the PHP/Java

I'd rather run TYPO3 in Apache and somehow send the JDBC requests to IDMS
via Tomcat.....but I dont know if that is possible? I do have Apache and
Tomcat mod_proxy(ed) together if that helps? Maybe someone knows of a better

In my posts I was only using EJB-----MySQL as an example, as the IDMS has
its own JDBC driver so the setup would have been pretty much the same.

So I was trying to get EJB to handle the JDBC connection to IDMS......but
I've learnt that I was going down the wrong route now.

Kind regards

David Blevins wrote:
> On Feb 5, 2009, at 8:38 AM, jpmad4it wrote:
>> Can anyone help, I'm still struggling with this??
> Hi Jp, and thanks again for the patience.
> Answering the middle question first as the first and last question  
> seem related.
>> EDIT2: I am now trying to setup the injection-of-datasource example,  
>> I've
>> changed the test java file so that its correct for my mysql  
>> database, but
>> during "mvn clean install" the process fails, saying it cannot find  
>> the jdbc
>> driver 	. The mysql-connector/J.jar is in my tomcat/lib
>> folder:
> For build the code via maven, there simply needs to be a <dependency>  
> section added to the pom.xml file to get it included into the build/ 
> test classpath.
> I think this is the right dep:
> <dependency>
>      <groupId>mysql</groupId>
>      <artifactId>mysql-connector-java</artifactId>
>      <version>5.1.6</version>
> </dependency>
> You can add that next to the openejb dep in the examples pom.xml file.
>> EDIT: I think I managed to call the Calculator web service through  
>> PHP. I
>> used the script soap.php:
> [...]
>> So I think that it has successfully called the service and grabbed  
>> the types
>> from it? I don't know how to code the PHP to actually do a simple  
>> addition
>> though.
>> Maybe I should start to think about getting a service setup for the  
>> MySQL
>> database?
> [...]
>> I do have another concern......from studying the injection example,  
>> all the
>> SQL is wrote in Java. This is something that we don't really want to  
>> do. We
>> want to call the connection written in Java from PHP, and then use  
>> that
>> connection to carry out mysql queries within PHP - is this going to be
>> possible? Or does all the SQL have to be writtin in the Java?
>  From this feedback it seems like the webservice approach may not  
> quite be the right direction for you.
> Maybe we should zoom out a bit and get the bigger picture view of what  
> you want to do at a very high level and the motivation behind it.  The  
> biggest question in my mind is what are you looking to get from the  
> java side of things and what limitations are you dealing with that  
> motivates it.
> -David
>> David Blevins wrote:
>>>> Sorry for the delay -- we're a bit backed up at the moment :)
>>> No problem!
>>>> I see. This is a very different approach to accessing the bean than
>>>> via SOAP as shown in the other article.  With SOAP you have 100%
>>>> native client.  This technique uses java on the client which as a
>>>> result is going to use our binary protocol to do the remote
>>>> invocations.  This is fine.  If you go this route you'll need to
>>>> follow a different example, the one I created for you won't work.   
>>>> The
>>>> main difference is that you'd remove the @WebService and then you'd
>>>> need to add an @Remote interface.  The "component-interfaces"  
>>>> example
>>>> matches that article the best as it uses the old style home/remote
>>>> interfaces.  A newer approach would be to follow the "telephone-
>>>> stateful" example.
>>> Lets take the SOAP route for now, and access the Calculator service  
>>> from
>>> PHP. Once this is done I can think about getting a web service set  
>>> up for
>>> MySQL database access via JDBC type 4 or JNDI (required for the IDMS
>>> database JDBC driver), and then calling this from PHP. If it all  
>>> works
>>> well I can implement this into the IDMS config - just change the  
>>> JNDI /
>>> JDBC configs hopefully?
>>>> I suspect though that there's going to be a slight learning curve on
>>>> either one, though.
>>> I'm ready for it!
>>>> Which startup script are you referring to?  If you mean the tomcat/ 
>>>> bin/
>>>> than, no, you don't need to modify that.  We'll find our
>>>> libraries and load them automatically.
>>> My .bashrc file for Linux startup. I dont think this applies.
>>>> One idea for you as I know getting started in a new technology is
>>>> extremely difficult due to all the very large pieces that have to be
>>>> learned before much of anything can be done.  Rather than buying  
>>>> bunch
>>> of books, you might try finding the mailing list for the local java
>>>> user group and offering a 100 bucks and a few beers (or coffees and
>>>> snacks) for an afternoon side by side hacking.  Just let them know
>>>> what your trying to do and what technologies you're using (PHP, EJB,
>>>> JDBC, Servlets).  In this economy there's guaranteed to be a few
>>>> people who'd take you up on that offer.  Will be the best 100 you  
>>>> ever
>>>> spent.
>>> Agreed, is this forum US based? I am in the UK, I wonder if there is
>>> anyone here willing to do that??
>>> As for SOAP and PHP, I now have the SOAP extension installed - I
>>> recompiled PHP with --enable-soap and its now available in PHP as an
>>> extension.
>>> Can I access the Calculator web service using the PHP SOAP extension
>>> without adding axis2 or any other SOAP service for Apache2 and  
>>> Tomcat? ( I
>>> read above that you use Apache CXF?)
>>> I've got to a point now where I'm stuck again - I saw that you gave  
>>> me the
>>> following:
>>>> As an FYI, the client-side SOAP message associated with that call
>>>> looks like this:
>>> <soap:Envelope xmlns:soap=" 
>>> envelope/">
>>>   <soap:Body>
>>>     <ns1:multiply xmlns:ns1="">
>>>       <arg0>3</arg0>
>>>       <arg1>4</arg1>
>>>     </ns1:multiply>
>>>   </soap:Body>
>>> </soap:Envelope>
>>> Where do I insert this config?
>>> Also, how do I actually get the Calculator web service to do some
>>> calculations? Can I add variables to the URL to get some output e.g.
>>> www.localhost:8080/Calculator?some_variable_add etc
>>> PHP can call a WSDL file using the following code (this requires  
>>> NuSOAP):
>>> < ?php
>>> // include the SOAP classes
>>> require_once(’nusoap.php’);
>>> $client = new soapclient(’ 
>>> valid.wsdl’,
>>> True);
>>> $err = $client->getError();
>>> if ($err) {
>>> // Display the error
>>> echo ‘client construction error: ‘ . $err ;
>>> } else {
>>> $answer = $client->call(’someSOAPMethod’,
>>> array(
>>> ‘param1′=>’foo’
>>> ,’param2′=>’bar’));
>>> $err = $client->getError();
>>> if ($err) {
>>> // Display the error
>>> echo ‘Call error: ‘ . $err;
>>> print_r($client->response);
>>> print_r($client->getDebug());
>>> } else {
>>> print_r($answer);
>>> }
>>> }
>>> ?>
>>> Is it possible to create a WSDL file for the Calculator service?  
>>> How is
>>> this done? If I can do this I can call it from PHP.
>>> Sorry that my questions are really poor quality, but I've got really
>>> confused and prety stuck.
>>> Any help will be fantastic again.
>>> king regards
>>> Jp
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