5 Replies Latest reply on Jul 19, 2008 11:08 AM by Naresh Bhatia

    Accessing EJB3 without a home interface

    Naresh Bhatia Novice

      According to the EJB 3.0 Spec:

      The requirement for Home interfaces has been eliminated. Session beans are no longer required to have home interfaces. A client may acquire a reference to a session bean through one of the mechanisms described in Chapter 8.

      I am trying to do exactly that, i.e. to access an EJB 3 from a remote client without a home interface. However I am getting a NameNotFoundException. Can someone help me understand how to do this?

      Here's my session bean interface:

      public interface HelloWorld {
       public String getHelloMessage();

      Here's the implementation:

      @Stateless @Remote
      public class HelloWorldBean implements HelloWorld {
       public String getHelloMessage() {
       return "Hello World";

      Here's the call from the client:

      public class HelloWorldEjb3Client {
       public static void main(String[] args) {
       try {
       // Look up the HelloWorld home interface
       Object obj = getContext().lookup("HelloWorld");
       HelloWorld helloWorld =
       (HelloWorld)javax.rmi.PortableRemoteObject.narrow(obj, HelloWorld.class );
       // Start using the HelloWorld object
       catch (Exception e) {
       public static final Context getContext() throws javax.naming.NamingException {
       System.out.println("Connecting to JBoss");
       Hashtable<String, String> env = new Hashtable<String, String>();
       env.put(Context.INITIAL_CONTEXT_FACTORY, "org.jnp.interfaces.NamingContextFactory");
       env.put(Context.PROVIDER_URL, "jnp://localhost:1099");
       env.put("java.naming.factory.url.pkgs", "org.jboss.naming:org.jnp.interfaces");
       return new InitialContext(env);

      The exception is:

      javax.naming.NameNotFoundException: HelloWorld not bound

      Here's my ejb-jar.xml. It is essentially empty. I created it just because the Maven EJB Plugin was complaining that it could not find a ejb-jar.xml. Since I am using annotations, I don't believe that I should require this file.

      <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
       xsi:schemaLocation="http://java.sun.com/xml/ns/javaee http://java.sun.com/xml/ns/javaee/ejb-jar_3_0.xsd"

      Looking at the JNDI tree, I believe that the HelloWorld bean has been deployed:

      Global JNDI Namespace
       +- helloworldejb3-app-1.0 (class: org.jnp.interfaces.NamingContext)
       | +- HelloWorldBean (class: org.jnp.interfaces.NamingContext)
       | | +- remote (proxy: $Proxy64 implements interface samples.helloworldejb3.HelloWorld,interface org.jboss.ejb3.JBossProxy)

      So what is the right way to access this bean from a remote client?