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From David Blevins <>
Subject Re: war packaged exclusions.list
Date Sun, 22 Jul 2012 20:37:51 GMT

On Jul 21, 2012, at 4:28 PM, zeeman wrote:

> The only extra thing I have is DB population, which should run in background
> non-blocking, right?
> My class looks like this:
> @Singleton
> @Startup
> public class DBLoader implements Serializable {
> 	@Asynchronous
> 	@TransactionAttribute
> 	@PostConstruct
> 	public void setup() {
>        //populate DB, index data with Lucene, should not block
> }
> }
> The only explanation is that the code is not running Async. I know on Jboss
> there was a bug in @Async implementation, had to get jBoss guys to fix it.

When we (the EJB 3.1 EG) added @Asynchronous methods we were definitely exclusively thinking
about method invocations from clients, not lifecycle callbacks made by the container.

It gets very sketchy when you get into @PreDestroy, @BeforeCompletion, @PrePassivate and other
such callbacks.  Even @PostConstruct is sketchy as it has an effect on @DependsOn ordering
which is supposed to be serial.

So be aware that this is outside the outside the EJB 3.1 spec, there are no TCK tests to cover
this and your app is not portable.

What I might recommend instead and what will be portable is to just create a job and fire
it off via the TimerService.

The following uses the @PostConstruct to fire off a non-persistent timer for "now".

    public class DBLoader implements Serializable {
        private TimerService timerService;
        public void setup() {
            timerService.createSingleActionTimer(0, new TimerConfig(null, false));
        public void loadDb(Timer timer) {
            // do your thing

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