Economic downturn and impact on javabloggers

I wanted to know if the economic crisis had an impact on blogging. I was curious because it seemed for me that the blogs that i usually follow had less activity . With the help of a groovy script and gchart, here’s the last 2 years monthly blog posts count (don’t know why there’s a high peak for July 07). It seems that, so far, java bloggers still post.

For the quality of the blog posts that’s another story but my blog is not a good example ;-)

The source :

Spring entityManagerFactory in jta and non-jta modes

This blog post is about using JPA with Spring in 2 contexts :

  • production with a JTA transaction manager
  • testing with transactions handled by jpa transaction manager.
    It has been inspired by Erich Soomsam blog postYou can achieve such configuration with a PersistenceUnitPostProcessor having a single persistence.xml file and 2 Spring context files (1 for each environment).Since you are likely to have at least 2 different Spring dataSource definitions : 1 for production that performs a JNDI lookup to find a bound datasource and 1 for development that uses a local and Spring declared datasource backed by a JDBC connection pool (C3p0 or DBCP), place the entityManager declaration in the same file as the datasource declaration. Let’s say that the default persistence.xml use the non-jta datasource:
    <persistence xmlns=""
    <persistence-unit transaction-type="RESOURCE_LOCAL"
    <properties> <!-- Scan for annotated classes and Hibernate mapping XML files -->
    <property value="class, hbm" name="hibernate.archive.autodetection" />
    <property name="hibernate.dialect" value="org.hibernate.dialect.MySQLDialect" />

    Here’s how you can use Spring to post process the persistence unit and configure it for production (here with MySQL datasource and JBoss Transaction Manager):
    <property ref="dataSource" name="dataSource"></property>
    <property name="jpaVendorAdapter">
    <bean class="org.springframework.orm.jpa.vendor.HibernateJpaVendorAdapter">
    <property value="MYSQL" name="database" />
    <property value="true" name="showSql" />
    <property value="org.hibernate.dialect.MySQLDialect" name="databasePlatform" />
    <property name="jpaPropertyMap" />
    <entry value="org.hibernate.transaction.JBossTransactionManagerLookup"
    <entry value="true" key="hibernate.transaction.flush_before_completion" />
    <entry value="true" key="hibernate.transaction.auto_close_session" />
    <entry value="jta" key="hibernate.current_session_context_class" />
    <entry value="auto" key="hibernate.connection.release_mode" />
    <property name="persistenceUnitPostProcessors">
    <bean class="JtaPersistenceUnitPostProcessor">
    <property value="true" name="jtaMode"></property>
    <property ref="dataSource" name="jtaDataSource"></property>
    </property><!-- Datasource Lookup -->
    <bean class="org.springframework.jndi.JndiObjectFactoryBean" id="dataSource">
    <property name="resourceRef">
    <property name="jndiName">
    </bean><!-- Transaction Manager -->
    <bean class="org.springframework.transaction.jta.JtaTransactionManager"
    <property value="java:/TransactionManager" name="transactionManagerName" />
    <property value="false" name="autodetectUserTransaction" />

Here’s the class that reads the jta mode property and configure the transaction type accordingly:

import javax.persistence.spi.PersistenceUnitTransactionType;
import javax.sql.DataSource;
import org.springframework.orm.jpa.persistenceunit.MutablePersistenceUnitInfo;
import org.springframework.orm.jpa.persistenceunit.PersistenceUnitPostProcessor;
public class JtaPersistenceUnitPostProcessor implements
PersistenceUnitPostProcessor {
private boolean jtaMode = false;
private DataSource jtaDataSource;
private PersistenceUnitTransactionType transacType = PersistenceUnitTransactionType.RESOURCE_LOCAL;
public void postProcessPersistenceUnitInfo(
MutablePersistenceUnitInfo mutablePersistenceUnitInfo) {
if (jtaMode) {
transacType = PersistenceUnitTransactionType.JTA;
public boolean isJtaMode() {
return jtaMode;
public void setJtaMode(boolean jtaMode) {
this.jtaMode = jtaMode;
public DataSource getJtaDataSource() {
return jtaDataSource;
public void setJtaDataSource(DataSource jtaDataSource) {
this.jtaDataSource = jtaDataSource;

Spring really helps tuning your persistence unit for different environments. It could be achieved by a custom build task that could alter the persistence.xml file but since this example assumes that Spring is already used, it can be avoided.