Created simple entity using simple stateless session bean. After creating new entity bean, perform look up stateless session bean again and perform find. I am surprised that on the server console, the attribute that is to be loaded lazily is also fetched. Please help me on this.
No, It won't throw an exception. From what I know of lazy loading, the property is not fetched untill it is explicitly referenced. So, in your case it might not have been fetched but since you are referencing it explicitly it is then fetched from the persistence context or the database. To test wether it is working you can enable logging and see what query is fired and what result you are getting.
Experts please correct me if I am wrong.
@Basic(fetch = FetchType.LAZY) is only a hint to the persistence provider to fetch a property lazily. It is not a compulsion becasue fetching the annotated field is not going to cause any damage.
The perisistence provider can choose to completely ignore the LAZY fetching annotation and fetch the value like an ordinary field.
An exception will be thrown only in the case when the persistence provider actually fullfills the LAZY fetching request and you try to access the lazily fetched property when the entity gets detached and its lazily fetched properties were not accessed when it was managed. Since in your case, the peristence provider did not honour the LAZY fetching request, you did not get any exception.
So, i suppose your issue is related to the persistence provider that you are using.