Configuring your OpenXava application to go against the DB2 of an AS/400
is very simple, basically you have to install the JDBC driver for AS/400
and define correctly the datasource. You don't need to touch any code of
Configuration for AS/400
Download the JDBC driver for AS/400
Download the AS/400 driver from here: https://sourceforge.net/projects/jt400/files/
You will download a file like this: jtopen_9_8.zip
numbers may vary). Uncompress it to find inside a file called jt400.jar
(or so), this last file, the .jar, is the JDBC controller we're going to
Create a classpath variable in Eclipse
In order you can connect to AS/400 from Eclipse we're going to declare a
classpath variable that points to the AS/400 JDBC driver, so you can use
it in any project you need easily. For that, in Eclipse go to Window
> Preferences > Java > Build Path > Classpath Variables
where you can add the new variable:
You can call the variable
AS400_DRIVER instead of DB_DRIVER if your prefer. The path is the path of
the JDBC driver, in our case the path of jt400.jar we have just
Add the DB_DRIVER variable to your Eclipse project
In the project you're going to use AS/400 you have to add the variable
declared above. Click with right mouse button on your project and then
choose Properties > Java Build Path > Libraries:
With this we have the driver
available for the development environment.
Add the JDBC driver to the production Tomcat
the driver in production is much easier. Copy jt400.jar
to the lib folder of your Tomcat. Done.
Adjust your datasource definition
For development edit web/META-INF/context.xml of your Eclipse
project, and for production edit conf/context.xml of your Tomcat
to adjust the datasource to point to AS/400, something like this:
<Resource name="jdbc/MyAppDS" auth="Container"
maxTotal="100" maxIdle="20" maxWaitMillis="10000"
The differences are the driverClassName
and the url. Obviously, instead of 192.168.1.8 you should put the
address of your AS/400, and also put the correct username and password.
You don't need to touch the default persistence unit of persistence.xml
(in persistence/META-INF), unless you use hibernate.dialect
property in which case just remove hibernate.dialect property.
Moreover, you should specify the hibernate.default_schema property
for all the persistence units, to indicate in which library of your AS/400
are the tables of your application (unless you use @Table(schema=)
in every entity).
Also, you have to modify the junit
persistence unit to point to AS/400.
<!-- JUnit AS/400 -->
<property name="hibernate.default_schema" value="MYLIB"/>
<property name="hibernate.connection.driver_class" value="com.ibm.as400.access.AS400JDBCDriver"/>
<property name="hibernate.connection.username" value="root"/>
<property name="hibernate.connection.password" value="ao49fmsk"/>
<property name="hibernate.connection.url" value="jdbc:as400:192.168.1.8"/>
Adapt the username, password
and url to your AS/400 configuration. For the default_schema
instead of MYLIB put the AS/400 library for your tables.
Start the journal
In order that your OpenXava application works with AS/400 your tables
must support transactions. The simple way to achieve it is creating the
library for your tables from SQL using "CREATE COLLECTION MYLIB".
Unfortunately most times you work against an AS/400 you have to work
with preexisting tables. In this case you have to create a journal for
your library, in this way:
CRTJRNRCV JRNRCV(MYLIB/MYRCV) THRESHOLD(5000)
CRTJRN JRN(MYLIB/MYJRN) JRNRCV(MYLIB/MYRCV) MNGRCV(*SYSTEM)
CHGJRN JRN(MYLIB/MYJRN) JRNRCV(*GEN) DLTRCV(*YES)
Instead of MYLIB use the
name of your library. Afterwards you have to register all the table in
the journal, thus:
STRJRNPF FILE(MYLIB/*ALL) JRN(MYLIB/MYJRN) IMAGES(*BOTH) OMTJRNE(*OPNCLO)
When in the future you'll create a new table to be used from OpenXava
you have to add it to the journal:
STRJRNPF FILE(MYLIB/MYTABLE) JRN(MYLIB/MYJRN)
If you're not familiar with the AS/400 interface look for help from some
AS/400 guru of your company.for this task.