Hello All, I know this topic has been somewhat addressed in the past but I would really appreciate further help. I want to call a function that is available as an EJB. Both ruby and the EJB are run on my localhost. The EJB takes two parameters, a hashmap and an XML string. I'm familiar with Ruby on Rails and have been learning it but this is my first attempt to integrate it with an enterprise system. I purchased "Enterprise integration with Ruby" by Maik Schmidt but have been unable to draw a clear explaination of how this can be done. If anyone can help me out in any way, I will be sure to fully document my progress and create a tutorial when I am finished and successful. I will also thank you :) Thanks in advance, T.
on 2006-03-10 23:09
on 2006-03-11 00:44
In order to directly invoke EJB methods from Ruby, you'll need to use RMI-over-IIOP, which allows CORBA clients to invoke methods on Java RMI servers, including EJBs. However, there doesn't seem to have been much activity on the Ruby/CORBA front in the last couple of years, as web services have stolen most of CORBA's thunder outside of legacy enterprise applications. It would probably be more reasonable to write a web services adapter that re-exported the EJB methods you wanted to make available to your Ruby code via SOAP or XML-RPC. You may want to start with the Sun documentation on JAX-RPC, the standard web services implementation for Java. -Lennon
on 2006-03-11 19:55
What Lennon said. Faced with the exact situation six months ago we found the fastest thing was to rewrite the EJB with a SOAP wrapper (it was not that hard) and then use Ruby to talk SOAP. john
on 2006-03-15 22:07
One plan we have for JRuby is to provide a way to access EJBs using a DRb-type layer. Currently no work is being done on that, but if you were to put JRuby on the server and handle piping EJB requests over DRb, it would be pretty slick (and we'd certainly like to see a proof-of-concept :) ).
on 2006-03-15 22:56
Hey, Charles>> I like the sound of the challenge. Where can I read up about this DRb layer you speak of? Basically, I need a shove because I'm stuck on the theoretical aspect of this. I've never done enterprise integration with Ruby. My current job mainly consists of writing technical training materials, so anything I am able to develop will definately be written out and I'll be sure to make anything I learn public. rcoder & John>> I'm a little unsure which direction to take. I have the EJB running and I now have some classes that *should* communicate with the EJB (is this what you mean by rewrite the EJB with a SOAP wrapper?). Should I be making Ruby try to communicate with these classes now? How does SOAP fit into this picture? Thanks guys! tony
on 2006-03-17 07:28
Well, drb is "distributed ruby", a remoting mechanism provided with standard Ruby. It would be a good analog to how EJBs are used, and providing a drb proxy to EJBs using JRuby would be fun and useful. I'm certainly no drb expert though, nor do I have time right now to work on such a wondrous beast.