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Java EE 7 Essentials

Arun Gupta

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Java EE 7 Essentials
by Arun Gupta
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Table of Contents

Foreword. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xi
Preface. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xiii
1. Java Platform, Enterprise Edition. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Introduction
Deliverables
What’s New in Java EE 7

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2. Servlets. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
WebServlet
Servlet Filters
Event Listeners
Asynchronous Support
Nonblocking I/O
Web Fragments
Security
Resource Packaging
Error Mapping
Handling Multipart Requests
Upgrade Processing

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25
28
29
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31

3. JavaServer Faces. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Facelets
Resource Handling
Composite Components
Request Processing Life-Cycle Phases
Ajax
HTTP GET
Server and Client Extension Points

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Validating Data
Navigation Rules
Faces Flow
Resource Library Contracts
Passthrough Attributes and HTML5-Friendly Markup
Component Tags

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4. RESTful Web Services. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
Resources
Binding HTTP Methods
Multiple Resource Representations
Binding a Request to a Resource
Entity Providers
Client API
Mapping Exceptions
Filters and Entity Interceptors
Validation of Resources

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5. SOAP-Based Web Services. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97
Web Service Endpoints
Provider-Based Dynamic Endpoints
Endpoint-Based Endpoints
Web Service Client
Dispatch-Based Dynamic Client
Handlers

98
101
102
103
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107

6. JSON Processing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111
Streaming API
Consuming JSON Using the Streaming API
Producing JSON Using the Streaming API
Object Model API
Consuming JSON Using the Object Model API
Producing JSON Using the Object Model API

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112
114
116
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7. WebSocket. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121
Annotated Server Endpoint
Programmatic Server Endpoint
Annotated Client Endpoint
Programmatic Client Endpoint
JavaScript WebSocket Client
Encoders and Decoders

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Integration with Java EE Security

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8. Enterprise JavaBeans. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145
Stateful Session Beans
Stateless Session Beans
Singleton Session Beans
Life-Cycle Event Callbacks
Message-Driven Beans
Portable Global JNDI Names
Transactions
Asynchronous Invocation
Timers
Embeddable API
EJB Lite

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9. Contexts and Dependency Injection. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167
Discovery of Beans
Injection Points
Qualifier and Alternative
Producer and Disposer
Interceptors
Decorators
Scopes and Contexts
Stereotypes
Events
Portable Extensions
Built-in Beans
Life-Cycle Callbacks

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10. Concurrency Utilities. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189
Asynchronous Tasks
Schedule Tasks
Managed Threads
Dynamic Contextual Objects

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11. Bean Validation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 203
Built-in Constraints
Defining a Custom Constraint
Validation Groups
Method and Constructor Constraint

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12. Java Transaction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 215
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User-Managed Transactions
Container-Managed Transactions
@TransactionScoped

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13. Java Persistence. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 219
Entities
Persistence Unit, Persistence Context, and Entity Manager
Schema Generation
Create, Read, Update, and Delete Entities
Entity Listeners
Stored Procedures
Validating the Entities
Transactions and Locking
Caching

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14. Java Message Service. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 245
Sending a Message
Receiving a Message Synchronously
Receiving a Message Asynchronously
Quality of Service
Temporary Destinations

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255

15. Batch Processing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 257
Chunk-Oriented Processing
Custom Checkpointing
Exception Handling
Batchlet Processing
Listeners
Job Sequence
Flow
Split
Decision
Partitioning the Job

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16. Build an End-to-End Application. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 275
Introduction
Software Requirements
Problem Statement
Lab Flow
Walkthrough of a Sample Application
Show Booking (JavaServer Faces)
Chat Room (Java API for WebSocket)

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View and Delete Movies (Java API for RESTful Web Services)
Add Movie (Java API for JSON Processing)
Ticket Sales (Batch Applications for the Java Platform)
Movie Points (Java Message Service 2)
Conclusion
Troubleshooting
Completed Solution

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A. Further Reading. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 329
Index. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331

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Foreword

As Java EE platform specification lead, I’ve been guiding the path of Java EE since its
introduction in 1999. Arun has been a key member of the Java EE team from the be‐
ginning. The Java EE platform has evolved significantly over the last 13 years. The release
of Java EE 5 in 2006 was just the beginning of a theme that continues today: making it
easier to develop Java EE applications. Java EE 6 in 2009 contributed significantly to this
theme with the inclusion of CDI. Java EE 7 is the latest release continuing this theme of
focusing on developer productivity. Arun has been involved in several different areas
of Java EE, but the common thread of his involvement has been understanding real
developers and real applications. His background with Java EE, and his current role as
technology evangelist for Java EE, make him uniquely qualified to introduce developers
to the latest Java EE technology.
In this book, Arun surveys all the key technologies of the latest version of Java EE, giving
developers a taste for these many new capabilities, and showing just how easy it is to
write Java EE applications. Arun expands on his popular Java EE 6 Pocket Guide to cover
more technologies in more depth. Particular attention is paid to technologies new to
Java EE 7, and to new features of existing technologies. Developers with some Java EE
experience, as well as developers new to Java EE, will find this a very helpful overview
of Java EE 7.
Each chapter covers a Java EE technology in just enough depth to help you understand
what the technology does, what it’s best used for, and how to get started using it. While
it’s not a complete tutorial, an experienced developer will find that it provides just the
right level of detail to understand the technology. The chapters are full of short code
fragments that developers will appreciate.
After describing the key technologies of Java EE, in the last chapter of the book, Arun
pulls it all together with a hands-on lab that walks you through the process of developing
a real application that uses most of these technologies. This is where Arun’s experience
really shines. There’s nothing like seeing the code for a running application to show you
how these technologies actually work in practice.
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Java EE is a rich platform that we’ve been developing over many years. It can be daunting
to sort through all the old and new versions of technologies to find the best way to write
Java EE applications. We’ve made it much easier to write Java EE applications in recent
years, but sometimes that message doesn’t come through when reading our many Java
EE specifications. Arun’s years of experience in working with application developers,
teaching hands-on labs, and evangelizing Java EE put him in a unique position to pro‐
vide all the key information at just the right depth. This book is a great way for developers
to get an overview of the Java EE platform, and especially the new features in Java EE 7.
—Bill Shannon
Architect Java EE Platform Specification Lead, Oracle
June 2013

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Preface

The Java EE 7 platform builds upon previous versions of the platform and focuses on
higher productivity and embracing HTML5. This book is directed toward readers who
want to get a quick overview of the platform and to keep coming back to review the
basics.
This book provides an overview of the key specifications in the Java EE 7 platform (one
specification per chapter). This book is by no means intended to be an exhaustive guide
or tutorial that explains each and every concept of different specifications. However,
the main concepts from the different specifications are explained using simple code
samples. No prior knowledge of earlier versions of the platform is required, but you’ll
need some basic understanding of Java to understand the code.
A significant part of this book is derived from Java EE 6 Pocket Guide (O’Reilly). New
chapters have been added to cover the new technologies in the platform. New sections
have been added or existing sections updated to reflect the changes in the platform. If
you have read the Java EE 6 Pocket Guide, then you can read this book at a much faster
pace; otherwise, you can read this book from beginning to end. Alternatively, you can
read specific chapters based upon your interest.
I also provide self-paced instructions on how to build an end-to-end application using
most of the technologies described. This allows developers to understand the design
patterns they can apply to build a real-life application using Java EE 7.
I hope you will enjoy the book!

Conventions Used in This Book
The following typographical conventions are used in this book:
Italic
Indicates new terms, URLs, email addresses, filenames, and file extensions.

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Used for program listings, as well as within paragraphs to refer to program elements
such as variable or function names, databases, data types, environment variables,
statements, and keywords.
Constant width italic

Shows text that should be replaced with user-supplied values or by values deter‐
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Acknowledgments
This book would not have been possible without support from a multitude of people.
First and foremost, many thanks to O’Reilly for trusting in me and providing an op‐
portunity to write this book. Their team provided excellent support throughout the
editing, reviewing, proofreading, and publishing process.
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The detailed proofreading and technical review by Markus Eisele (@myfear, http://
blog.eisele.net), John Yeary (@jyeary, http://javaevangelist.blogspot.com), and Bert Ert‐
man (@BertErtman, http://bertertman.wordpress.com) ensured that the relevant con‐
tent was covered accurately. Their vast experience and knowledge showed in the depth
of their comments.
I am grateful for the numerous discussions with developers around the world that helped
me understand the technology better. Thanks to my colleagues at Oracle and the dif‐
ferent JSR specification leads for explaining the intended use cases of different tech‐
nologies. And thanks to everybody else in my life, who provided much-needed breaks
from book writing.

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CHAPTER 1

Java Platform, Enterprise Edition

Introduction
The Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE), provides a standards-based platform
for developing web and enterprise applications. These applications are typically de‐
signed as multitier applications, with a frontend tier consisting of a web framework, a
middle tier providing security and transactions, and a backend tier providing connec‐
tivity to a database or a legacy system. These applications should be responsive and
capable of scaling to accommodate the growth in user demand.
The Java EE platform defines APIs for different components in each tier, and also pro‐
vides some additional services such as naming, injection, and resource management
that span across the platform. These components are deployed in containers that provide
runtime support. Containers provide a federated view of the underlying Java EE APIs
to the application components. Java EE application components never interact directly
with other Java EE application components. They use the protocols and methods of the
container for interacting with each other and with platform services. Interposing a
container between the application components and the Java EE services allows the con‐
tainer to transparently inject the services required by the component, such as declarative
transaction management, security checks, resource pooling, and state management.
This container-based model and abstraction of resource access allows the platform to
offload the developer from common infrastructure tasks.
Each component of the platform is defined in a separate specification that also describes
the API, javadocs, and expected runtime behavior.
Java EE 7 was released in June 2013 and provides a simple, easy-to-use, and complete
stack for building such web and enterprise applications. The previous versions of the
platform, starting with Java EE 5 and continuing with Java EE 6, took the first steps in
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The Java EE 7 platform built upon the previous version with three main goals:
Embracing HTML5
The WebSocket protocol, developed as part of the collection of technologies that
make up HTML5, brings a new level of ease of development and network efficiency
to modern, interactive web applications. It provides a two-way, full-duplex com‐
munication channel between a client and a server over a single TCP (transmission
control protocol) channel. Java EE 7 defines a new standard API to develop and
deploy WebSocket clients and endpoints.
JSON is the lingua franca of the Web for lightweight data exchange. Until now,
developers were required to bundle third-party libraries for JSON processing. Java
EE 7 defines a new portable API to parse, generate, transform, and query JSON
using a Streaming API or Object Model API.
JavaServer Faces (JSF) introduces pass-through attributes and elements that allow
near-total control over the user experience of each individual element in the view.
This allows HTML5-friendly markup to be easily embedded in a page.
Higher productivity
The JMS API has been greatly simplified. JMSContext provides the unified func‐
tionality of Connection and Session objects. In addition, several JMS interfaces
implement Autocloseable and thus are automatically closed after use. Finally,
correct error handling, runtime exceptions instead of checked exceptions, method
chaining on JMSProducer, and simplified message sending are further examples of
features that the JMS API has simplified.
Without the Client API (introduced in JAX-RS 2), developers are required to use
basic HttpUrlConnection APIs and write all the surrounding code.
More defaults for the application’s use—such as a preconfigured DataSource for
accessing databases in operational environments, a preconfigured JMS Connec
tionFactory for accessing a JMS provider, and a preconfigured ManagedExecutor
Service—provide a seamless out-of-the-box experience for new developers start‐
ing with the platform.
The Contexts and Dependency Injection (CDI) specification is now a core com‐
ponent model, and is enabled by default. This makes the platform a lot more co‐
hesive and integrated. CDI interceptors are now more widely applicable to beans.
@Transactional annotation brings transactional semantics to POJOs (plain old
Java objects), outside of an EJB (Enterprise JavaBean). Bean Validation allows au‐
tomatic validation of method arguments and results using interceptors.
Less boilerplate text, more defaults, and a cohesive integrated platform together
boost developers’ productivity when building applications using the latest version
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Enterprise demands
Batch Applications for the Java Platform is a new functionality in the platform and
very important for enterprise customers. It allows developers to easily define non‐
interactive, bulk-oriented, long-running jobs in an item- or task-oriented way.
Concurrency Utilities for Java EE, another functionality new to the platform, is an
extension of the Java SE Concurrency Utilities API, for use in the Java EE containermanaged environment so that the proper container-managed runtime context can
be made available for the execution of these tasks.
This functionality in the platform allows the developer to leverage the standard
APIs and reduces the dependency on third-party frameworks.
Prior to Java EE 7, the Java EE 6 platform improved upon the developer productivity
features and added a lot more functionality.

Deliverables
The Java EE 7 platform was developed as Java Specification Request (JSR) 342 following
JCP 2.9. The JCP process defines three key deliverables for any JSR:
Specification
A formal document that describes the proposed component and its features.
Reference Implementation (RI)
Binary implementation of the proposed specification. The RI helps to ensure that
the proposed specifications can be implemented in a binary form and provides
constant feedback to the specification process.
The RI of Java EE is built in the GlassFish community.
Technology Compliance Kit (TCK)
A set of tests that verify that the RI is in compliance with the specification. This
allows multiple vendors to provide compliant implementations.
Java EE 7 consists of the platform specification that defines requirements across the
platform. It also consists of the following component specifications:
Web technologies
• JSR 45: Debugging Support for Other Languages 1.0
• JSR 52: Standard Tag Library for JavaServer Pages (JSTL) 1.2
• JSR 245: JavaServer Pages (JSP) 2.3
• JSR 340: Servlet 3.1
• JSR 341: Expression Language 3.0
• JSR 344: JavaServer Faces (JSF) 2.2

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• JSR 353: Java API for JSON Processing (JSON-P) 1.0
• JSR 356: Java API for WebSocket 1.0
Enterprise technologies
• JSR 236: Concurrency Utilities for Java EE 1.0
• JSR 250: Common Annotations for the Java Platform 1.2
• JSR 316: Managed Beans 1.0
• JSR 318: Interceptors 1.2
• JSR 322: Java EE Connector Architecture (JCA) 1.7
• JSR 330: Dependency Injection for Java 1.0
• JSR 338: Java Persistence API (JPA) 2.1
• JSR 343: Java Message Service (JMS) 2.0
• JSR 345: Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB) 3.2
• JSR 346: Contexts and Dependency Injection (CDI) for the Java EE
Platform 1.1
• JSR 349: Bean Validation 1.1
• JSR 352: Batch Applications for Java Platform 1.0
• JSR 907: Java Transaction API (JTA) 1.2
• JSR 919: JavaMail 1.5
Web service technologies
• JSR 93: Java API for XML Registries (JAXR) 1.0 (optional for Java EE 7)
• JSR 101: Java API for XML-based RPC (JAX-RPC) 1.1 (optional for Java EE 7)
• JSR 109: Implementing Enterprise Web Services 1.4
• JSR 181: Web Services Metadata for the Java Platform 2.1
• JSR 222: Java Architecture for XML Binding (JAXB) 2.2
• JSR 224: Java API for XML Web Services (JAX-WS) 2.2
• JSR 339: Java API for RESTful Web Services (JAX-RS) 2.0
Management and security technologies
• JSR 77: J2EE Management API 1.1
• JSR 88: Java Platform EE Application Deployment API 1.2 (optional for Java
EE 7)
• JSR 115: Java Authorization Contract and Containers (JACC) 1.5

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• JSR 196: Java Authentication Service Provider Inteface for Containers
(JASPIC) 1.1
The different components work together to provide an integrated stack, as shown in
Figure 1-1.

Figure 1-1. Java EE 7 architecture
In Figure 1-1:
• Different components can be logically divided into three tiers: backend tier, middle
tier, and web tier. This is only a logical representation, and the components can be
restricted to a different tier based upon the application’s requirements.
• JPA and JMS provide the basic services such as database access and messaging. JCA
allows connection to legacy systems. Batch is used for performing noninteractive,
bulk-oriented tasks.
• Managed Beans and EJB provide a simplified programming model using POJOs to
use the basic services.
• CDI, Interceptors, and Common Annotations provide concepts that are applicable
to a wide variety of components, such as type-safe dependency injection, addressing
cross-cutting concerns using interceptors, and a common set of annotations. Con‐
currency Utilities can be used to run tasks in a managed thread. JTA enables Trans‐
actional Interceptors that can be applied to any POJO.
• CDI Extensions allow you to extend the platform beyond its existing capabilities in
a standard way.

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• Web Services using JAX-RS and JAX-WS, JSF, JSP, and EL define the programming
model for web applications. Web Fragments allow automatic registration of thirdparty web frameworks in a very natural way. JSON provides a way to parse and
generate JSON structures in the web tier. WebSocket allows the setup of a bidirec‐
tional, full-duplex communication channel over a single TCP connection.
• Bean Validation provides a standard means to declare constraints and validate them
across different technologies.
JAX-RPC (JSR 101), JAXR (JSR 93), EJB Entity Beans (part of JSR 153), and Java EE
Application Deployment (JSR 88) are pruned in this version of the platform.
The RI of Java EE 7 is built in the GlassFish Community. The GlassFish Server Open
Source Edition 4.0 provides a full Java EE 7–compliant, free, and open source application
server. It is also available in a Web Profile distribution and can be downloaded from
http://glassfish.org. The application server is easy to use (ZIP installer and NetBeans/
Eclipse/IntelliJ integration), lightweight (downloads starting at 37 MB, small disk/
memory footprint), and modular (OSGi-based, containers start on demand).
Prior to Java EE 7, GlassFish Server Open Source Edition 3.1.2.2 provides a Java EE
6−compliant version application server. It also provides clustering with high availability
and centralized administration using CLI, Web-based administration console, and
REST management/monitoring APIs. The Oracle GlassFish Server is Oracle’s com‐
mercially supported GlassFish server distribution and can be downloaded from http://
oracle.com/goto/glassfish. As of this writing, there are 18 Java EE 6–compliant applica‐
tion servers.
The TCK is available to all Java EE licensees for testing their respective implementations.

What’s New in Java EE 7
Some new specifications have been added to improve the functionality and richness of
the platform. Several existing component specifications were revised to make them
simpler and easier to use.
The main features of the new specifications are described as follows:
Java API for WebSocket
• Enables a WebSocket client and server endpoint to be defined declaratively via
annotations on a POJO, or programmatically via interface implementation.
• Provides server-specific configuration, such as mapping that identifies a Web‐
Socket endpoint in the URI space of the container, subprotocols supported by
the endpoint, and extensions required by the applications.
• Offers client-specific configurations such as providing custom configuration
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• Enables packaging and deployment on JDK or web containers.
• Allows for integration with existing Java EE technologies.
Java API for JSON Processing
• The streaming API provides a way to parse and generate JSON in a streaming
fashion.
• The Object Model API creates a random-access, tree-like structure that rep‐
resents the JSON data in memory.
Batch Applications for Java Platform
• Allows for description of a Batch Job using Job Specification Language defined
by an XML schema. It defines a complete execution sequence of the jobs.
• Features the Batch Programming Model using interfaces, abstract classes, and
field annotations.
• Offers the Chunked and Batchlet job-processing styles.
Concurrency Utilities for Java EE
• Provides concurrency capabilities to Java EE application components, without
compromising container integrity.
• Defines managed objects: ManagedExecutorService, ManagedScheduledExe
cutorService, ContextService, and ManagedThreadFactory.
The main features of the updated specifications are described as follows:
Java API for RESTful Web Services
• Offers a new Client API that can be used to access web resources and provides
integration with JAX-RS providers.
• Supports asynchronous processing in both the Client API and the Server API.
• Defines Message Filters and Entity Interceptors as extension points to cus‐
tomize the request/response processing on the client and server side.
• Supports new server-side content negotiation using qs factor.
• Enables declarative validation of fields, properties, and parameters injected
using @HeaderParam, @QueryParam, etc. Resource classes may be annotated
with constraint annotations.
Java Message Service
• Several changes have been made to make the API simpler and easier to use. For
example, Connection, Session, and other objects with a close method now
implement the java.lang.Autocloseable interface to allow them to be used
in a Java SE 7 try-with-resources statement. New methods have been added to
create a session without the need to supply redundant arguments. A new

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