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Narayana JTA Quick Start Guide

by Mark Little, Jonathan Halliday, Andrew Dinn, and Kevin Connor

This manual uses several conventions to highlight certain words and phrases and draw attention to specific pieces of information.

In PDF and paper editions, this manual uses typefaces drawn from the Liberation Fonts set. The Liberation Fonts set is also used in HTML editions if the set is installed on your system. If not, alternative but equivalent typefaces are displayed. Note: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and later includes the Liberation Fonts set by default.

Four typographic conventions are used to call attention to specific words and phrases. These conventions, and the circumstances they apply to, are as follows.

Mono-spaced Bold

Used to highlight system input, including shell commands, file names and paths. Also used to highlight keycaps and key combinations. For example:

The above includes a file name, a shell command and a keycap, all presented in mono-spaced bold and all distinguishable thanks to context.

Key combinations can be distinguished from keycaps by the hyphen connecting each part of a key combination. For example:

The first paragraph highlights the particular keycap to press. The second highlights two key combinations (each a set of three keycaps with each set pressed simultaneously).

If source code is discussed, class names, methods, functions, variable names and returned values mentioned within a paragraph will be presented as above, in mono-spaced bold. For example:

Proportional Bold

This denotes words or phrases encountered on a system, including application names; dialog box text; labeled buttons; check-box and radio button labels; menu titles and sub-menu titles. For example:

The above text includes application names; system-wide menu names and items; application-specific menu names; and buttons and text found within a GUI interface, all presented in proportional bold and all distinguishable by context.

Mono-spaced Bold Italic or Proportional Bold Italic

Whether mono-spaced bold or proportional bold, the addition of italics indicates replaceable or variable text. Italics denotes text you do not input literally or displayed text that changes depending on circumstance. For example:

Note the words in bold italics above — username, domain.name, file-system, package, version and release. Each word is a placeholder, either for text you enter when issuing a command or for text displayed by the system.

Aside from standard usage for presenting the title of a work, italics denotes the first use of a new and important term. For example:

Narayana JTA has also been designed to be configurable at runtime through the use of various property attributes. These attributes can be provided at runtime on command line or specified through a properties file.

The Java Transaction API consists of three elements: a high-level application transaction demarcation interface, a high-level transaction manager interface intended for application server, and a standard Java mapping of the X/Open XA protocol intended for transactional resource manager. All of the JTA classes and interfaces occur within the javax.transaction package, and the corresponding Narayana JTA implementations within the com.arjuna.ats.jta package.

Narayana JTS supports the construction of both local and distributed transactional applications which access databases using the JDBC APIs. JDBC supports two-phase commit of transactions, and is similar to the XA X/Open standard. The JDBC support is found in the com.arjuna.ats.jdbc package.

The ArjunaJTS approach to incorporating JDBC connections within transactions is to provide transactional JDBC drivers through which all interactions occur. These drivers intercept all invocations and ensure that they are registered with, and driven by, appropriate transactions. (There is a single type of transactional driver through which any JDBC driver can be driven. This driver is com.arjuna.ats.jdbc.TransactionalDriver, which implements the java.sql.Driver interface.)

Once the connection has been established (for example, using the java.sql.DriverManager.getConnection method), all operations on the connection will be monitored by Narayana JTA. Once created, the driver and any connection can be used in the same way as any other JDBC driver or connection.

Narayana JTA connections can be used within multiple different transactions simultaneously, i.e., different threads, with different notions of the current transaction, may use the same JDBC connection. Narayana JTA does connection pooling for each transaction within the JDBC connection. So, although multiple threads may use the same instance of the JDBC connection, internally this may be using a different connection instance per transaction. With the exception of close, all operations performed on the connection at the application level will only be performed on this transaction-specific connection.

Narayana JTA will automatically register the JDBC driver connection with the transaction via an appropriate resource. When the transaction terminates, this resource will be responsible for either committing or rolling back any changes made to the underlying database via appropriate calls on the JDBC driver.

The following table shows some of the configuration features, with default values shown in italics. For more detailed information, the relevant section numbers are provided. You should look at the various Programmers Guides for more options.

Configuration NamePossible Values










Time in seconds.


Any supported JDBC isolation level.

Revision History
Revision 1Wed Apr 13 2010Tom Jenkinson
Taken from installation guide
Revision 2Thu Jan 16 2014Gytis Trikleris
Update to Wildfly and Narayana