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EclipseLink MySports Example

The MySports example is a simple web application which demonstrates several key features of

EclipseLink including:

  • EclipseLink JPA
    • @Multitenant(SINGLE_TABLE)
    • Extensible entities with @VirtualAccessMethods

Example Overview

The example includes 3 projects

  1. MySports: A Dynamic Web project which deploys the primary application exposing a JSF and JAX-RS (REST) front end.
  2. MySports Admin:
  3. MySports Tests: A Java project containing Junit tests that verify the functionality of

Installation and Configuration

Currently, the MySports example is only available through SVN access. At a later date, a downloadable ZIP file that contains the examples will be made available.


To run the MySports example, you will need the following:

  1. GlassFish 3.1 (
  2. Eclipse Java EE with GlassFish adapter (
  3. EclipseLink 2.3.0 OSGi Bundles (

Upgrade and Configure GlassFish

Use this procedure to upgrade GlassFish to use the current EclipseLink version and prepare the connection pool.

  1. Replace the following JAR files from <GLASSFISH_HOME>\glassfish\modules\ with the JAR files from the EclipseLink OSGI bundle:
    • org.eclipse.persistence.antlr.jar
    • org.eclipse.persistence.asm.jar
    • org.eclipse.persistence.core.jar
    • org.eclipse.persistence.jpa.jar
    • org.eclipse.persistence.jpa.modelgen.jar
  2. Copy the following JAR file from the EclipseLink OSGI bundle to <GLASSFISH_HOME>\glassfish\modules\:
    • org.eclipse.persistence.moxy_2.3.0.v20110604-r9504.jar
  3. Use the GlassFish Admin Console to create a new JDBC resource named jdbc/MySports and a new JDBC connection pool named MySportsPool. In this example, we will use the embedded Derby database:
    • Resource type: javax.sql.DataSource
    • Datasource classname: org.apache.derby.jdbc.EmbeddedDataSource40
      Note: Be sure to edit the JDBC Connection Pool properties to reflect your database connection information. In this example, we will use:
    • User: APP
    • Password: APP
    • ServerName: localhost
    • DatabaseName: gemini
    • PortNumber: 1527

Configure Eclipse Environment

Now you can configure Eclipse to run the MySports example.

  1. Add a variable named eclispelink_2.3_jar with the value <ECLIPSELINK OSGI BUNDLE>\org.eclipse.persistence.core_2.3.0.v20110604-r9504.jar.
    This is used for the javaagent of the test project. You can add this variable by creating a String Substitution variable, as shown here:
    Mysports variable.png
  2. Obtain the three example projects from the EclipseLink SVN respository:

Note: If you use the Eclipse Team Provider for SVN plugin ( Eclipse will can import the example projects.

  1. Create a new Derby connection profile. Use the same JDBC Connection Properties that you used when creating the GlassFish connection pool.
  2. Add the Connectivty Driver Defintition for the Derby datbase to the project.
  3. Start the Derby server. The GlassFish installation includes a Derby instance that can be used, in the <GLASSFISH_HOME>\javadb\ folder.
  4. Import the EclipseLink MySports projects into Eclipse.
  5. Edit the file to match your database connection information.

Running the Exmple

Now, you're ready to run the MySports example.

  1. Run the MySports AllTests launch target. This will create the database tables and prepare an initial population
  2. Run the MySports Admin application
  3. Run the MySports application

Example Details

MySports Domain (example.mysports.model)

The domain model is that of any arbitrary sports league. The intent is to build an application that captures the state of an arbitrary league and use it in a multitenant application where multiple leagues (tenants) can be hosted. The domain model is intentionally unaware of the potential support for multiple leagues and therefore only models entities that exist within an individual league.

Class/Interface Description
@Table(name = "mys_div")
@TenantDiscriminatorColumn(name = "LEAGUE_ID", contextProperty = LEAGUE_CONTEXT)
    @NamedQuery(name="Division.findAll", query="SELECT d FROM Division d ORDER BY",
                hints={@QueryHint(name=QueryHints.QUERY_RESULTS_CACHE, value=HintValues.TRUE)}),
    @NamedQuery(name="Division.findByName", query="SELECT d FROM Division d WHERE = :NAME")
public class Division implements Extensible {
@Table(name = "mys_team")
@TenantDiscriminatorColumn(name = "LEAGUE_ID", contextProperty = LEAGUE_CONTEXT)
@NamedQuery(name="Team.findByDivisionAndName", query="SELECT t FROM Team t WHERE = :NAME AND = :DIV")
public class Team implements Extensible {
 * In the MySports demo a Player entity represents an individual member of a
 * team. The Player entity is both multitenant and extensible.
@Table(name = "mys_player")
@TenantDiscriminatorColumn(name = "LEAGUE_ID", contextProperty = LEAGUE_CONTEXT)
public class Player implements Extensible {
Extensible An application interface used to indicate extensible types and enable their use in the presentation tier. This interface is not required or used by EclipseLink.
Divisions A non-entity container class used for returning multiple divisions from a JAX-RS call to enable the MOXy marshalling into XML.


The persistence layer is the main purpose of this example application. The persistence layer makes use of application bootstrapped persistence contexts with support for an EntityManagerFactory and backing ServerSession (with Cache) per league (tenant). This all bootstrapped off of a single persistence-unit definition.

Runtime Architecture

Mysports persistence.png


The LeagueRepository is the primary persistence abstraction responsible for league (tenant) specific persistence access managing both JPA persistence units and the MOXy JAXBContext.

JPA Usage

MOXy (JAXB) Usage

The application makes use of EclipseLink MOXy to map its persistent entities into XML within the JAX-RS (RESTful) interface. The mapping is done using an eclipselink-oxm.xml mapping file instead of JAXB annotations.

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