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Friday, September 21, 2012

JavaFx 2.2 – Webservice - Oracle DB example

This short example demonstrates us, how javafx works as a client, in an application having a client-server arhitecture. The tutorial uses the following softwares and tools, and if you wish to try it, you should have installed, these on your computer:
-         Oracle Database Express Edition 11g Release
-         Java SE Development Kit 7
JavaFX SDK is now included in the JDK 7 for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux x86/x64.
-         Netbeans 7.2 Development IDE
( Download the Java EE or the full version of Netbeans. This setup will install to your computer the Apache Tomcat and also the Glassfish Server if you check these options. In this tutorial we use just the Tomcat Apache Server 7.0.27.
-         JDBC Driver to the Oracle Database Express Edition 11g

Web services are Web based applications that use open, XML-based standards and transport protocols to exchange data with clients. Web services are developed using Java Technology APIs and tools provided by an integrated Web Services Stack called Metro. The Metro library package is also installed on your computer by Netbeans
JavaFX is the next step in the evolution of Java as a rich client platform. It is designed to provide a lightweight, hardware-accelerated Java UI platform for enterprise business applications. With JavaFX, developers can preserve existing investments by reusing Java libraries in their applications. They can even access native system capabilities, or seamlessly connect to server-based middleware applications.

You can use also your favorite IDE instead of Netbeans, but you must ensure that the additional packages(Tomcat, Metro), are also installed.
 After having installed all the software and tools, we will have 3 more steps to do, first database operations, then creating the web service in Netbeans, and finally the client part programming, javafx.

1.    Database tasks

The example is about storing information about books, read by me, and retrieving information from database by a given book id, and presenting them by javafx client, through a webservice. In the database we will have a book table, with the fields: Id, Title and Writer. To increment the primary key at every new record, in the book table, we use triggers and sequences in Oracle. You should use, the free SQLDeveloper tool. ( The sql code for creating a login user, the table, sequence, and trigger, are the following:

Login user

-- Create the user
create user TESTER
  identified by ""
  default tablespace SYSTEM
  temporary tablespace TEMP
  profile DEFAULT
  password expire;
-- Grant/Revoke role privileges
grant dba to TESTER;
-- Grant/Revoke system privileges
grant unlimited tablespace to TESTER;

Create table

-- Create table
create table BOOK
  ID     NUMBER not null,
  TITLE  NVARCHAR2(50) not null,
tablespace SYSTEM
  pctfree 10
  pctused 40
  initrans 1
  maxtrans 255
    initial 64K
    next 1M
    minextents 1
    maxextents unlimited
-- Add comments to the table
comment on table BOOK
  is 'Testing javafx and webservice';
-- Add comments to the columns
comment on column BOOK.ID
  is 'Primary key';
comment on column BOOK.TITLE
  is 'Title of the book';
comment on column BOOK.WRITER
  is 'Writer of the book';
-- Create/Recreate primary, unique and foreign key constraints
alter table BOOK
  add constraint PK_ID primary key (ID)
  using index
  tablespace SYSTEM
  pctfree 10
  initrans 2
  maxtrans 255
    initial 64K
    next 1M
    minextents 1
    maxextents unlimited

Create sequence

-- Create sequence
create sequence SEQ_BOOK
minvalue 1
maxvalue 9999999999999999999999999999
start with 1
increment by 1
cache 20;

Create trigger

create or replace trigger TRG_BOOK
  before insert on book 
  for each row
  -- local variables here

2.    Creating the Webservice

Using the Netbeans IDE, to create a webservice, is very easy. First you create a Web Application, by doing: File-New Web Application in Netbeans' Menu. In this demo, we use the Apache Tomcat 7.0.27. as a webserver for our web application. Netbeans 7.2 IDE allows you to choose this webserver, when you create the web application. After the first step we easyly create the webservice, just right clicking on project source and saying, create webservice. Name your webservice(class), WebServcieForJavaFx. Then Netbeans will create you, also a simple “hello” example method, that we will change to the method GetBookInfo. The GetBookInfo() function will retrieve the informations, book title and writer from database, by an ID. The ID will be an input parameter to this method, and the return type of this function will be a special type, created by us: RecordType. Because the program works with Oracle database you must also add the oracle jdbc driver to this project. Right click at the project and at the Properties you can add the ojdbc6.jar file.
First let’s see the special return type, the RecordType java class file, how it looks:

package utils;

 * @author Sipos Lehel
public class RecordType {
    private String Title;
    private String Writer;
    RecordType() {

    public String getTitle() {
        return Title;
    public void setTitle(String Title) {
        this.Title = Title;
    public String getWriter() {
        return Writer;
    public void setWriter(String Writer) {
        this.Writer = Writer;

And then the webservice main class will be the following:
package server;

import java.sql.Connection;
import java.sql.DriverManager;
import java.sql.Statement;
import java.sql.ResultSet;
import javax.jws.WebService;
import javax.jws.WebMethod;
import javax.jws.WebParam;
import utils.*;

 * @author Sipos Lehel
@WebService(serviceName = "WebServiceForJavaFx")
public class WebServiceForJavaFx {

    @WebMethod(operationName = "GetBookInfo")
    public RecordType GetBookInfo(@WebParam(name = "strID") String strID) {
        RecordType answer = new RecordType();
        try {            
            Connection con = DriverManager.getConnection("jdbc:oracle:thin:@localhost:1521:XE", "tester", "tester");           
            ResultSet rs = null;
            Statement stmt =  con.createStatement();
            rs=stmt.executeQuery("select * from book where ID="+strID);           
            if (rs!=null) {
        } catch (Exception ex) {
            answer.setWriter("Error occured!");           
        return answer;


A webservice publishes it’s method through a WSDL file, and therefore right click in Netbeans, at webservice and say generate WSDL file. Start your webservice, by running this application. You can test the web service information by also, right clicking in Netbeans:

3.    Programming JavaFx – webservice client

To create a javafx application in Netbeans, just simply say, File-New Project-JavaFx-Create JavaFx Application. Call your java main file in this project: WebClientJavaFx.
Creating a webservice client at the second step, is also very easy, just right click your source in the Projects window and say create web service client. Creating your webservice client you will need to point the WSDL location, which you can do by specifying its URL:
In the java source file you can call the Web Service Operation in your start method, by right clicking in the netbeans source editor, and saying Insert Code and then Call Web Service Operation.
We will have 3 components to work with, a button to call the webservice, a label to see the answer, and a field component to bypass the ID input parameter to the webservice method.
Your WebClientJavaFx java file, after programming should look like this:

package webclientjavafx;

import javafx.application.Application;
import javafx.event.ActionEvent;
import javafx.event.EventHandler;
import javafx.scene.Group;
import javafx.scene.Scene;
import javafx.scene.control.Button;
import javafx.scene.control.Label;
import javafx.scene.control.TextField;
import javafx.stage.Stage;
import webclientjavafx.webclient.RecordType;

 * @author Sipos Lehel
public class WebClientJavaFx extends Application {
    Label lbl = new Label("Lehel Sipos read: ");
    TextField fld = new TextField("2");  
    RecordType answ;
    public void start(Stage primaryStage) {       
        answ = getBookInfo("2");               
        Button btn = new Button();
        btn.setText("Get a book from the shelf");
        btn.setOnAction(new EventHandler<ActionEvent>() {
            public void handle(ActionEvent event) {
                answ = getBookInfo(fld.getText());
                lbl.setText("Lehel Sipos read: "+answ.getTitle()+" "+answ.getWriter());
        Group root = new Group();       
        Scene scene = new Scene(root, 600, 250);       
        primaryStage.setTitle("JavaFx-Webservice example");
    public static void main(String[] args) {
    private static RecordType getBookInfo(java.lang.String strID) {
        webclientjavafx.webclient.WebServiceForJavaFx_Service service = new webclientjavafx.webclient.WebServiceForJavaFx_Service();
        webclientjavafx.webclient.WebServiceForJavaFx port = service.getWebServiceForJavaFxPort();
        return port.getBookInfo(strID);

This application can be run also from browsers, if the javafx applet will be a signed jar file, or maybe you change your java.policy security file by adding the following lines to the …jre7\lib\security\java.policy
grant { 
The running program is showed in the following pictures: