Chapter 3. Setting up Hessian Web Service

Table of Contents

Setting up Dependencies
Client Classes on the Server
Configuring web.xml
Running ROP Server

Setting up Dependencies

Now lets get back to the "tutorial" project that contains a web application and set up dependencies. The only extra one that we don't have yet is resin-hessian.jar, just like the client, so let's add it (and the caucho repo declaration) to the pom.xml.

<project xmlns="" xmlns:xsi=""


            <name>Caucho Repository</name>


Maven Optimization Hint On a real project both server and client modules will likely share a common parent pom.xml where common repository delcaration can be placed, with child pom's "inheriting" it from parent. This would reduce build code duplication.

Client Classes on the Server

Since ROP web service requires both server and client persistent classes, we need to generate a second copy of the client classes inside the server project. This is a minor inconvenience that will hopefully go away in the future versions of Cayenne. Don't forget to refresh the project in Eclipse after class generation is done.

Configuring web.xml

Cayenne web service is declared in the web.xml. It is implemented as a servlet "org.apache.cayenne.configuration.rop.server.ROPHessianServlet". Open tutorial/src/main/webapp/WEB-INF/web.xml in Eclipse and add a service declaration:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
 <!DOCTYPE web-app
   PUBLIC "-//Sun Microsystems, Inc.//DTD Web Application 2.3//EN"
    <display-name>Cayenne Tutorial</display-name>


Extending Server Behavior via Callbacks While no custom Java code is required on the server, just a service declaration, it is possible to customizing server-side behavior via callbacks and listeners (not shown in the tutorial).

Running ROP Server

Use previosly created Eclipse Jetty run configuration available via "Run > Run Configurations..." (or create a new one if none exists yet). You should see output in the Eclipse console similar to the following:

[INFO] Scanning for projects...
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
[INFO] Building tutorial 0.0.1-SNAPSHOT
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
[INFO] Starting jetty 6.1.22 ...
INFO::No Transaction manager found - if your webapp requires one, please configure one.
INFO::Started SelectChannelConnector@
[INFO] Started Jetty Server
INFO: Loading XML configuration resource from file:cayenne-project.xml
INFO: loading user name and password.
INFO: Created connection pool: jdbc:derby:memory:testdb;create=true
    Driver class: org.apache.derby.jdbc.EmbeddedDriver
    Min. connections in the pool: 1
    Max. connections in the pool: 1

Cayenne ROP service URL is http://localhost:8080/tutorial/cayenne-service. If you click on it, you will see "Hessian Requires POST" message, that means that the service is alive, but you need a client other than the web browser to access it.