12.13.3. Configure Asynchronous Jobs for RESTEasy


This topic covers examples of the query parameters for asynchronous jobs with RESTEasy.


Role based security does not work with the Asynchronous Job Service, as it cannot be implemented portably. If the Asynchronous Job Serivce is used, application security must be done through XML declarations in the web.xml file instead.


While GET, DELETE, and PUT methods can be invoked asynchronously, this breaks the HTTP 1.1 contract of these methods. While these invocations may not change the state of the resource if invoked more than once, they do change the state of the server as new Job entries with each invocation.

Example 12.18. The Asynch Parameter

The asynch query parameter is used to run invocations in the background. A 202 Accepted response is returned, as well as a Location header with a URL pointing to where the response of the background method is located.
POST http://example.com/myservice?asynch=true
The example above will return a 202 Accepted response. It will also return a Location header with a URL pointing to where the response of the background method is located. An example of the location header is shown below:
HTTP/1.1 202 Accepted
Location: http://example.com/asynch/jobs/3332334
The URI will take the form of:
GET, POST and DELETE operations can be performed on this URL.
  • GET returns the JAX-RS resource method invoked as a response if the job was completed. If the job has not been completed, this GET will return a 202 Accepted response code. Invoking GET does not remove the job, so it can be called multiple times.
  • POST does a read of the job response and removes the job if it has been completed.
  • DELETE is called to manually clean up the job queue.


    When the Job queue is full, it will evict the earliest job from memory automatically, without needing to call DELETE.

Example 12.19. Wait / Nowait

The GET and POST operations allow for the maximum wait time to be defined, using the wait and nowait query parameters. If the wait parameter is not specified, the operation will default to nowait=true, and will not wait at all if the job is not complete. The wait parameter is defined in milliseconds.
POST http://example.com/asynch/jobs/122?wait=3000

Example 12.20. The Oneway Parameter

RESTEasy supports fire and forget jobs, using the oneway query parameter.
POST http://example.com/myservice?oneway=true
The example above will return a 202 Accepted response, but no job will be created.