JTX overview

Jodd provides great, little, stand-alone transaction manager, JTX. It is a significant change in traditional thinking, since no (j2ee) application server is required; JTX may be used in any Java code.

JTX is built to be roughly similar to JTA up to certain point; but without complexity. It's goal is to works well with every-day web/desktop applications; not to manage heavy-weight requirements such as transactions across multiple domains, etc.

In a nutshell JTX provides a transaction model that supports transaction demarcation over any number of resources - of any kind. Of course, the emphasis is put on database transactions; there is a layer built on top of JTX to integrate it well with Db and Proxetta frameworks. JTX may be used programmatically through simple API or declaratively using annotations.

JTX in action

A picture is worth a thousand words, a good code example even more;) Here is one real-life example how JTX is used declaratively.

    public String view() {
        // read data db
        return result;

    public void store(int id) {
        // save data to db

    @Transaction(propagation=PROPAGATION_REQUIRED, readOnly=false, timeout=100)
    public void update(int id) {
        // save data to db

Cool, isn't it:) This example already shows several JTX features, like using custom annotations, but its definitely not the only way how JTX can be used.

Following JTX pages explains the concept behind the framework and its usage.

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