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DataSource ? : can you use outside of an appserver?

 
Bob Peterson
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I'm trying to use a 3rd party component/jar, which has a javadoc that says:

This class requires a javax.sql.DataSource instance to be made available under the JNDI name "java:comp/env/jdbc/com/foo/blahblah

Is there a way to do this outside of an app server such as Tomcat? I'm trying to use it in a component that is not necessarily web-based, i.e. it could be used standalone.

Suppose I do have to use Tomcat to provide the DataSource. I'm only slightly familiar with JNDI and namespaces. So if Tomcat creates the DataSource, can I lookup the DataSource from a standalone class that is running outside of Tomcat?
 
Peter den Haan
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You want simple-jndi. The documentation will tell you how to bind a Commons DBCP pooling DataSource.

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Bob Peterson
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Thanks for the reply and links, simple-JNDI looks very interesting.

But can anyone answer my last question, about having an app server setup the DataSource and then trying to use it from outside the appserver?
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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