To understand the concepts of JTX its best to see an example. To make things simpler, our transactional resource will be a simple String value. Let's create one such class:

    public class WorkSession {

        static String persistedValue = "jodd";
        String sessionValue;
        boolean readOnly;
        int txno;            // transaction number

        public WorkSession() {    // start session in non-tx mode
        public WorkSession(int txno) {    // start tx session
            this.txno = txno;

        public void writeValue(String value) {
            if (txno == 0) {    // no transaction
                persistedValue = value;
            // under transaction
            if (readOnly == true) {
                throw new UncheckedException();
            sessionValue = value;

        public String readValue() {
            if (sessionValue != null) {
                return sessionValue;
            return persistedValue;

        // commit
        public void done() {
            if (sessionValue != null) {
                persistedValue = sessionValue;
            sessionValue = null;

        // rollback
        public void back() {
            sessionValue = null;

Now we are ready to begin our journey:)


The first thing is to create a JtxResourceManager for our resource. The main method to implement is beginTransaction(). It starts a transaction on our resource depending on transaction mode.

Since we will use JtxTransactionManager, propagation behavior and timeout will be already supported! Therefore, our resource manager has only to deal with isolation and read-only attribute. We will ignore isolation to make things simpler. Here is how resource manager may look like:

    public class WorkResourceManager implements JtxResourceManager<WorkSession> {

        int txno = 1;

        public Class<WorkSession> getResourceType() {
            return WorkSession.class;

        public WorkSession beginTransaction(JtxTransactionMode jtxMode, boolean active) {
            if (active == false) {
                return new WorkSession();
            WorkSession work = new WorkSession(txno++);
            work.readOnly = jtxMode.isReadOnly();
            return work;

        public void commitTransaction(WorkSession resource) {

        public void rollbackTransaction(WorkSession resource) {

        public void close() {

Quick overview of what we have done in beginTransaction()\: the active flag tells us if real transaction should be started or we are working in auto-commit mode. When it is set, we create a transaction-aware resource. Since isolation is ignored, we only need to pass read-only flag.


Now we are ready to use JTX\:

    // [1] create jtx manager and register our resource manager
    JtxTransactionManager jtxManager = new JtxTransactionManager();
    jtxManager.registerResourceManager(new WorkResourceManager());

    // [2] request jtx
    JtxTransaction jtx = manager.requestTransaction(
            new JtxTransactionMode().propagationRequired().readOnly(true));

    // [3] requrest resource i.e. start jtx
    WorkSession work = jtx.requestResource(WorkSession.class);

    // [4] work
    work.writeValue("new value");

    // [5] done

    // [6] cleanup

The most important thing to remember is that in step #2 we are just requesting a jtx transaction. Not until the next step, #3, the real transaction will be started. Again, we are requesting a resource, therefore, if we call it several time in a row, the same resource instance will be returned.


JTX also provides LeanJtxWorker, a class that utilizes JtxTransactionManager and makes it more convenient for use when transaction is requested over different context, i.e. with transaction nesting. Basically, everything stays the same, except LeanJtxWorker would return null when new transaction is not created on its request, meaning that current transaction matches the requested transaction attributes (mostly propagation).

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