public interface ServerDataSourceImplementation
Bear in mind the following points when working with DataSources (whether custom or built-in) on the Smart GWT Server:
Spring-injected dataSources, note that the default scope for a Spring bean is "singleton". This means that a single instance of the bean is cached by Spring and returned every time the framework code asks for that DataSource. This pattern prevents the Smart GWT framework from making the above-mentioned guarantee that no single instance will be used by multiple threads, and can lead to unpleasant concurrency bugs. The solution is to mark your Spring beans with a scope of "prototype" (you could also use "request", but Smart GWT caches DataSource instances per-HttpServletRequest anyway, so nothing is gained by doing that). See the Spring documentation for further information about bean scope.
transactionaland non-transactional operations on the same DataSource instance in a single HTTP request can lead to connection leaks if you are using the built-in Hibernate or JPA DataSource.
datasource.cacheFailedLookupsis set, the server remembers the names of DataSources it failed to look up, and does not attempt to look them up again (until the server is restarted). This provides a negligible performance improvement in normal circumstances, but can provide a more significant benefit in cases of questionable usage where DataSources or field types are declared server-side, for use purely client-side. Note, if you set this flag, a DataSource that you introduce in the middle of a running application will not be picked up if the system has already cached a failed lookup of that DataSource.
datasources.pool.enabledis set, DataSource instances are automatically cached in an in-memory pool. This caching is smart if
datasources.enableUpToDateCheckis set: if the underlying
.ds.xmlfile changes, cached instances are discarded and rebuilt. IMPORTANT: This facility is intended as a convenience for use on development servers only. With
enableUpToDateCheck:true, your application may end up using mixed versions of DataSources in a given HttpRequest, and this could lead to severe consequences including data corruption. Consider, for example, the interaction between two DataSources that have been redesigned and the server ends up using an older version of one DataSource with a newer version of another; there are unlimited ways in which that kind of scenario could prove disastrous. In short, setting
enableUpToDateCheck:trueis not safe for production environments - do not switch it on in production!
datasources.enableUpToDateCheckForComponentSchema. This is the same as
enableUpToDateCheck, but it controls whether we do the up-to-date checking in the specific context of processing
Component Schema. We make the distinction because, even if you want to use up-to-date checking for your "ordinary" dataSources, most people will not have a requirement to support dynamically changing Component Schema - it would only be necessary if you were building some kind of visual tool like our
Reifylow-code platform, or possibly something based on the
Dashboards and Tools Framework. If you leave this flag unset, it will use the setting of
.ds.xmlfile) is read the first time the DataSource is requested; thereafter, we will only re-read the configuration file if its last-changed timestamp changes. This scheme combines the performance benefits of caching with the with the convenience of being able to change a
.ds.xmlfile and pick up the changes without restarting the server.
RPCManager.getDataSource(). If pooling is enabled, this is the only way to obtain a DataSource instance with the guarantee that it will be returned to the pool at the end of request processing.
DynamicDSGeneratorto provide DataSources to the framework dynamically:
DataSource.fromXML()APIs to construct your DataSources from an XML document or String of XML text
new DataSource(), as this will introduce thread-safety issues
DynamicDSGenerator, pooling is inappropriate because the returned DataSource for a given name might be different each time the generator is called. For this reason, pooling of dynamic DataSources is disabled by default. To enable pooling for dynamically-generated DataSources, set the
datasources.poolDynamicDataSourcesto true. Keep in mind, that if pooling for dynamic DataSources is enabled, then DataSource definition must be the same for the same DataSource ID. NOTE: Here, "dynamic DataSource" means a DataSource whose name would cause the framework to invoke a DynamicDSGenerator, which doesn't necessarily mean that the generator would actually create a dynamic DataSource. As the server-side documentation for
DynamicDSGenerator.getDataSource()states, a generator can simply return null to decline the opportunity to create a dynamic DataSource. Therefore, if the proper operation of pooling is important to you, avoid patterns of
DynamicDSGeneratorusage that involve registering more generically than you need to. In particular, avoid the
addDynamicDSGenerator()signature that does not take a prefix or regex parameter - this will cause the pooling subsystem to regard all DataSources as dynamic, and will effectively disable all DataSource pooling.