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E-Mail Example using CDI (Contexts and Dependency Injection) and JSF (JavaServer Faces)

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  • Contributors: Sande Gilda, Pete Muir
  • Published: Nov 08, 2013
  • Level: Beginner
  • Technologies:JavaMail, JSF, CDI
  • Target Product:EAP

What is it?

This example demonstrates sending email with the use of CDI 1.0 and JSF 2.0 in Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform.

The example uses the default Mail provider that comes out of the box with JBoss EAP. It uses your local mail relay and the default SMTP port of 25.

The configuration of the mail provider is found in the JBOSS_HOME/standalone/configuration/standalone.xml if you are running a standalone server or in the JBOSS_HOME/domain/configuration/domain.xml file if you are running in a managed domain. An example of the mail subsystem XML configuration is provided below:

<subsystem xmlns="urn:jboss:domain:mail:1.0">
    <mail-session jndi-name="java:jboss/mail/Default" >
        <smtp-server address="localhost" port="25"/>
    <mail-session jndi-name="java:/MyOtherMail">
        <smtp-server address="localhost" port="9999">
            <login name="nobody" password="pass"/>
        <pop3-server address="" port="1234"/>
        <imap-server address="" port="432">
            <login name="nobody" password="pass"/>

The example is a web application that takes To, From, Subject, and Message Body input and sends mail to that address. The front end is a JSF page with a simple POJO backing, leveraging CDI for resource injection.

System requirements

The application this project produces is designed to be run on Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 6.1 or later.

All you need to build this project is Java 6.0 (Java SDK 1.6) or later, Maven 3.0 or later.

Configure Maven

If you have not yet done so, you must Configure Maven before testing the quickstarts.

Start the JBoss Server

  1. Open a command line and navigate to the root of the JBoss server directory.
  2. The following shows the command line to start the server:

     For Linux:   JBOSS_HOME/bin/
     For Windows: JBOSS_HOME\bin\standalone.bat

Build and Deploy the Quickstart

NOTE: The following build command assumes you have configured your Maven user settings. If you have not, you must include Maven setting arguments on the command line. See Build and Deploy the Quickstarts for complete instructions and additional options.

  1. Make sure you have started the JBoss Server as described above.
  2. Open a command line and navigate to the root directory of this quickstart.
  3. Type this command to build and deploy the archive:

     mvn clean install jboss-as:deploy
  4. This will deploy target/jboss-mail.war to the running instance of the server.

Access the application

The application will be running at the following URL: http://localhost:8080/jboss-mail.

Undeploy the Archive

  1. Make sure you have started the JBoss Server as described above.
  2. Open a command line and navigate to the root directory of this quickstart.
  3. When you are finished testing, type this command to undeploy the archive:

     mvn jboss-as:undeploy

Run the Quickstart in JBoss Developer Studio or Eclipse

You can also start the server and deploy the quickstarts from Eclipse using JBoss tools. For more information, see Use JBoss Developer Studio or Eclipse to Run the Quickstarts

Debug the Application

If you want to debug the source code or look at the Javadocs of any library in the project, run either of the following commands to pull them into your local repository. The IDE should then detect them.

    mvn dependency:sources
    mvn dependency:resolve -Dclassifier=javadoc

Recent Changelog

  • Nov 8, 2013(Sande Gilda):Bz1028448 Add spaces to end of metadata so it renders with a line break in HTML
  • Oct 8, 2013(Sande Gilda):BZ1011833 Add HTML versions of README files and fix deployment instructions
  • Oct 2, 2013(Sande Gilda):README add Product Versions metadata remove versions in text remove temp repo from settings.xml
  • Sep 24, 2013(Sande Gilda):Remove references to web profile
  • Sep 24, 2013(Sande Gilda):Remove references to JBoss AS 7 from the quickstarts
  • Sep 23, 2013(Sande Gilda):Update metadata source URLs to new repository
  • Sep 13, 2013(Sande Gilda):JDF 487 Remove as from quickstart artifactId and archive names and access URLs in README files
  • Jun 12, 2013(Sande Gilda):Modify README file internal links to use generated anchors. Remove hard coded anchors. Fixed obsolete links and other markdown rendering problems
  • Feb 12, 2013(Sande Gilda):Add quickstart source repository of record to the README files
  • Sep 11, 2012(Sande Gilda):Add target product https browse JDF 108
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