Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Spring is great; Spring sucks

In general, I have found Spring to be an invaluable framework for my development tasks. It provides fairly elegant APIs for most useful things, and does them well. Occasionally, however, you can get really stuck. I wasted several hours ( possibly days) trying to fix the following problem:
I upgraded to Tomcat 5.0.28 and somehow all my Spring applications stopped working. Specifically, i could not get a datasource to save my life, and this being a database driven web system, I was left in the proverbial mud (if that is indeed a proverb. I'm a software developper, not a sage).
It turns out that there is parameter ( little documented as far as I can tell) called "resourceRef". Now, I haven't really explored exactly what it does, but as far as I can tell, it simply appends "java:comp/env/" to the beginning of the jndi name. This in itself wouldn't have been such a big deal - and I would have probably thought to look there earlier, had the template file which I have been using ( copied from Spring, I believe) had the following text:


I have since removed that comment.
javax.naming.NameNotFoundException: Name jdbc is not bound in this Context
at org.apache.naming.NamingContext.lookup(NamingContext.java:768)
at org.apache.naming.NamingContext.lookup(NamingContext.java:151)
at org.apache.naming.SelectorContext.lookup(SelectorContext.java:136)
at javax.naming.InitialContext.lookup(InitialContext.java:347)
at org.springframework.jndi.JndiTemplate$1.doInContext(JndiTemplate.java:123)
at org.springframework.jndi.JndiTemplate.execute(JndiTemplate.java:85)
at org.springframework.jndi.JndiTemplate.lookup(JndiTemplate.java:121)
at org.springframework.jndi.JndiLocatorSupport.lookup(JndiLocatorSupport.java:71)
at org.springframework.jndi.JndiObjectLocator.lookup(JndiObjectLocator.java:85)
at org.springframework.jndi.JndiObjectFactoryBean.afterPropertiesSet(JndiObjectFactoryBean.java:124)
at org.springframework.beans.factory.support.AbstractAutowireCapableBeanFactory.invokeInitMethods(AbstractAutowireCapableBeanFactory.java:1073)
at org.springframework.beans.factory.support.AbstractAutowireCapableBeanFactory.createBean(AbstractAutowireCapableBeanFactory.java:343)
at org.springframework.beans.factory.support.AbstractAutowireCapableBeanFactory.createBean(AbstractAutowireCapableBeanFactory.java:260)
at org.springframework.beans.factory.support.AbstractBeanFactory.getBean(AbstractBeanFactory.java:221)
at org.springframework.beans.factory.support.AbstractBeanFactory.getBean(AbstractBeanFactory.java:145)
at org.springframework.beans.factory.support.DefaultListableBeanFactory.preInstantiateSingletons(DefaultListableBeanFactory.java:285)
at org.springframework.context.support.AbstractApplicationContext.refresh(AbstractApplicationContext.java:317)
at org.springframework.web.context.support.AbstractRefreshableWebApplicationContext.refresh(AbstractRefreshableWebApplicationContext.java:131)
at org.springframework.web.context.ContextLoader.createWebApplicationContext(ContextLoader.java:224)
at org.springframework.web.context.ContextLoader.initWebApplicationContext(ContextLoader.java:150)
at org.springframework.web.context.ContextLoaderListener.contextInitialized(ContextLoaderListener.java:48)
at org.apache.catalina.core.StandardContext.listenerStart(StandardContext.java:3827)
at org.apache.catalina.core.StandardContext.start(StandardContext.java:4343)
at org.apache.catalina.core.ContainerBase.addChildInternal(ContainerBase.java:823)
at org.apache.catalina.core.ContainerBase.addChild(ContainerBase.java:807)
at org.apache.catalina.core.StandardHost.addChild(StandardHost.java:595)
at org.apache.catalina.core.StandardHostDeployer.addChild(StandardHostDeployer.java:903)
at sun.reflect.NativeMethodAccessorImpl.invoke0(Native Method)
at sun.reflect.NativeMethodAccessorImpl.invoke(NativeMethodAccessorImpl.java:39)
at sun.reflect.DelegatingMethodAccessorImpl.invoke(DelegatingMethodAccessorImpl.java:25)
at java.lang.reflect.Method.invoke(Method.java:324)
at org.apache.commons.beanutils.MethodUtils.invokeMethod(MethodUtils.java:216)
at org.apache.commons.digester.SetNextRule.end(SetNextRule.java:256)
at org.apache.commons.digester.Rule.end(Rule.java:276)
at org.apache.commons.digester.Digester.endElement(Digester.java:1058)
at org.apache.catalina.util.CatalinaDigester.endElement(CatalinaDigester.java:76)
at org.apache.xerces.parsers.AbstractSAXParser.endElement(Unknown Source)
at org.apache.xerces.impl.XMLDocumentFragmentScannerImpl.scanEndElement(Unknown Source)
at org.apache.xerces.impl.XMLDocumentFragmentScannerImpl$FragmentContentDispatcher.dispatch(Unknown Source)
at org.apache.xerces.impl.XMLDocumentFragmentScannerImpl.scanDocument(Unknown Source)
at org.apache.xerces.parsers.XML11Configuration.parse(Unknown Source)
at org.apache.xerces.parsers.XML11Configuration.parse(Unknown Source)
at org.apache.xerces.parsers.XMLParser.parse(Unknown Source)
at org.apache.xerces.parsers.AbstractSAXParser.parse(Unknown Source)
at org.apache.commons.digester.Digester.parse(Digester.java:1567)
at org.apache.catalina.core.StandardHostDeployer.install(StandardHostDeployer.java:488)
at org.apache.catalina.core.StandardHost.install(StandardHost.java:863)
at org.apache.catalina.startup.HostConfig.deployDescriptors(HostConfig.java:483)
at org.apache.catalina.startup.HostConfig.deployApps(HostConfig.java:427)
at org.apache.catalina.startup.HostConfig.start(HostConfig.java:983)
at org.apache.catalina.startup.HostConfig.lifecycleEvent(HostConfig.java:349)
at org.apache.catalina.util.LifecycleSupport.fireLifecycleEvent(LifecycleSupport.java:119)
at org.apache.catalina.core.ContainerBase.start(ContainerBase.java:1091)
at org.apache.catalina.core.StandardHost.start(StandardHost.java:789)
at org.apache.catalina.core.ContainerBase.start(ContainerBase.java:1083)
at org.apache.catalina.core.StandardEngine.start(StandardEngine.java:478)
at org.apache.catalina.core.StandardService.start(StandardService.java:480)
at org.apache.catalina.core.StandardServer.start(StandardServer.java:2313)
at org.apache.catalina.startup.Catalina.start(Catalina.java:556)
at sun.reflect.NativeMethodAccessorImpl.invoke0(Native Method)
at sun.reflect.NativeMethodAccessorImpl.invoke(NativeMethodAccessorImpl.java:39)
at sun.reflect.DelegatingMethodAccessorImpl.invoke(DelegatingMethodAccessorImpl.java:25)
at java.lang.reflect.Method.invoke(Method.java:324)
at org.apache.catalina.startup.Bootstrap.start(Bootstrap.java:287)
at org.apache.catalina.startup.Bootstrap.main(Bootstrap.java:425)

3 comments:

Thomas said...

Everyone who has ever managed a project knows how important it is to keep track of everything your team is doing. If you don’t, things can and will get off track and delay you. Anyone who says they want to go through unnecessary holdups is lying to you, so you should invest in decent Project Management Software.

robert said...

PECS Professionals are specialized in domains like outsourced web application development, software development & database development solutions.

Thomas said...

This can be a real problem. Management may be looking to you to implement these standards, or to enforce them. Personally, I did not get into this to “enforce” anything, so I would begin negotiations with the objective of starting small and controlled and building on. In all likelihood, the package or set of standards you start with will not fit the way business is being done. Use this to encourage a process by which you start with a subset and add on as needed.