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servlet-async: How to Write an Asynchronous Servlet

What is it?

The servlet-async quickstart is a sample project showing the use of asynchronous servlets in Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform.

It shows how to detach the execution of a long-running task from the request processing thread, so the thread is free to serve other client requests. The long-running tasks are executed using a dedicated thread pool and create the client response asynchronously.

A long-running task in this context does not refer to a computation intensive task executed on the same machine but could for example be contacting a third-party service that has limited resources or only allows for a limited number of concurrent connections. Moving the calls to this service into a separate and smaller sized thread pool ensures that less threads will be busy interacting with the long-running service and that more requests can be served that do not depend on this service.

System requirements

The application this project produces is designed to be run on Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 7 or later.

All you need to build this project is Java 8.0 (Java SDK 1.8) or later and Maven 3.1.1 or later. See Configure Maven for JBoss EAP 7 to make sure you are configured correctly for testing the quickstarts.

Use of EAP7_HOME

In the following instructions, replace EAP7_HOME with the actual path to your JBoss EAP installation. The installation path is described in detail here: Use of EAP7_HOME and JBOSS_HOME Variables.

Start the JBoss EAP Server

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

     For Linux:   EAP7_HOME/bin/standalone.sh
     For Windows: EAP7_HOME\bin\standalone.bat
    

Build and Deploy the Quickstart

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

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

Access the application

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

Undeploy the Archive

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

     mvn wildfly:undeploy
    

Run the Quickstart in Red Hat JBoss Developer Studio or Eclipse

You can also start the server and deploy the quickstarts or run the Arquillian tests from Eclipse using JBoss tools. For general information about how to import a quickstart, add a JBoss EAP server, and build and deploy a quickstart, see Use JBoss Developer Studio or Eclipse to Run the Quickstarts

Debug the Application

If you want to debug the source code of any library in the project, run the following command to pull the source into your local repository. The IDE should then detect it.

    mvn dependency:sources

Recent Changelog

  • Aug 20, 2015(Sande Gilda):JBEAP 577 Replace links to shared resources for JBoss EAP 7 material
  • Aug 4, 2015(Sande Gilda):JBEAP 578 Update Maven version in README files
  • Aug 3, 2015(Sande Gilda):JBEAP 564 Clarify Maven instructions
  • Jul 23, 2015(Sande Gilda):Replace CONFIGURE_MAVEN link with CONFIGURE_MAVEN_JBOSS_EAP7 link
  • Jun 24, 2015(Sande Gilda):JDF833 Plugin commands have changed from jboss as prefix to wildfly prefix. jboss as deploy is now wildfly deploy and jboss as undeploy is now wildfly undeploy. Same replacement for port and hostname
  • Jun 17, 2015(Sande Gilda):Update the quickstart README files to remove instructions related to the Maven settings
  • Jun 2, 2015(Sande Gilda):Update quickstart files to remove JBoss EAP version and update to Java EE 7 and SDK 1.8. Replace references to WFK and Sandbox with EAP
  • Mar 4, 2015(Sande Gilda):Bz1198744 Update README JBDS instructions to be more clear
  • Feb 3, 2015(Sande Gilda):Update the quickstart README files to point to the new shared EAP_HOME and Build and Deploy instructions
  • Jan 22, 2015(Sande Gilda):Bz1185085 Update README files to use full product name for JBDS
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