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why not use supports transaction attribute?

 
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why not use supports transaction attribute for a CMT[entity] bean?
can somebody explain this please?
thanks
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Someone might want to back me up on this, but according to the Headfirst book, I believe, Supports makes the bean difficult to code: As the bean provider, you're going to want to know if your methods are or aren't being run in a meaningful transaction context, but you can't know that with Supports. For example, given a CMT entity bean with Supports, what's going to happen if your business method calls getRollbackOnly() on the bean's context? Well, if there happens to be a transaction, fine, but if there's no transaction, then you're going to get an IllegalStateException...
 
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Supports, Never and NotSupported transaction attribute for CMT allow the Container to execute the methods under an "unspecified transaction context",
which could simply mean anything:
1. With a transaction
2. Without a transaction
3 With multiple transactions etc.
The EJB Spec gives the EJBContainer/Vendor much flexibilty in implementing these transaction attributes. Normally the vendors implement Never and NotSupported correctly to some extent, but they take a lot of liberty when it comes to "Supports" attribute. It is not just YES or NO, but needs
to support a client transaction if one exists and should not support a client transaction, if it doesn't exist.
So due to this "dual-semantics", transaction attribute "supports" is to be used with caution.
I cannot remember, where I have read this that it is optional for the EJB Vendors to implement supports, NotSupported and Never transaction attribute. So I wouldn't surprised if these transaction attributes are not supported at all, by an application server.
 
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