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Chapter 6. Datasource Management

6.1. Introduction

6.1.1. About JDBC

The JDBC API is the standard that defines how databases are accessed by Java applications. An application configures a datasource that references a JDBC driver. Application code can then be written against the driver, rather than the database. The driver converts the code to the database language. This means that if the correct driver is installed, an application can be used with any supported database.
The JDBC 4.0 specification is defined here:
To get started with JDBC and datasources, refer to the JDBC Driver section of the Administration and Configuration Guide for JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 6.

6.1.2. JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 6 Supported Databases

The list of JDBC compliant databases supported by JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 6 is available here:

6.1.3. Types of Datasources

The two general types of resources are referred to as datasources and XA datasources.
Non-XA datasources are used for applications which do not use transactions, or applications which use transactions with a single database.
XA datasources are used by applications whose transactions are distributed across multiple databases. XA datasources introduce additional overhead.
You specify the type of your datasource when you create it in the Management Console or Management CLI.

6.1.4. The Example Datasource

JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 6 includes a H2 database. It is a lightweight, relational database management system that provides developers with the ability to quickly build applications, and is the example datasource for the platform.


However, it should not be used in a production environment. It is a very small, self-contained datasource that supports all of the standards needed for testing and building applications, but is not robust or scalable enough for production use.
For a list of supported and certified datasources, refer here: Section 6.1.2, “JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 6 Supported Databases”.

6.1.5. Deployment of -ds.xml files

In JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 6, datasources are defined as a resource of the server subsystem. In previous versions, a *-ds.xml datasource configuration file was required in the deployment directory of the server configuration. *-ds.xml files can still be deployed in JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 6, following the schema available here:


This feature should only be used for development. It is not recommended for production environments, because it is not supported by the JBoss administrative and management tools.


It is mandatory to use a reference to an already deployed / defined <driver> entry when deploying *-ds.xml files.