Semi-Automatic J2EE Transaction Configuration

This paper describes tool support to help an EJB (TM) developer configure transactions for container-managed persistence. We formulate aspects the transaction configuration task as a dataflow problem, and apply inter-procedural program analysis to suggest configuration settings. We also discuss issues in the design and implementation of program analysis for EJB applications.

Experimental results show that the analysis effectively identifies transactions and optimized configuration settings, validating the proposed approach. The results suggest that a transaction-scoped configuration model allows superior configuration settings than the more common model of method-based configuration. The experiments additionally evaluate cost/precision trade-offs among various call graph construction algorithms as applied to this task.

By: Stephen Fink, Julian Dolby, Logan Colby

Published in: RC23326 in 2004


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