Closing the connection is not enough. When the reference to that connection is still in a bean instance field the bean can not be passivated because the Connection is not a serializable object - closed or not. U will have to mark the bean instance field in which u hold the reference to the connection as transient or assign a null to it.
Thanks a lot for the reply. Declaring the variable "Person" as transient solved the problem, but caused other issues. Based on your suggestion can I assume the following things.
1)SFSB needs to do the database hits directly from within. So that during ejbPassivate() we release the connection to the pool and ejbActivate() looksup the connection again.
2)If SFSB holds any reference to an object(say A), where A might lookup the connection pool and release it temporarily from within(but doesnt hold a global reference to the connection), then A needs to be declared as transient.
Are these above assumptions correct. Are these standards??? Anyway, since I declared my "Person" object as transient, the container did not write the "Person" object to the disk while passivating. But, when I sent a request to the SFSB after it passivated, it tries to do ejbActivate() and finds that "Person" object was not stored in the disk, so it throws a Null pointer exception. I definetly dont want to assign null to the object during ejbPassivate() cause that will nullify my state and would get nullpointerexceptions when ejbActivate() occurs. Below is the error.
java.rmi.ServerException: Transaction rolled back; nested exception is:
at java.lang.reflect.Method.invoke(Native Method)
Any suggestions for the above problem.
This following exception was also thrown just after I clicked on other areas of my application, after it threw the exceptions I've mentioned in my previous post.
java.rmi.NoSuchObjectException: Could not activate; nested exception is:
java.io.FileNotFoundException: C:\JBoss-2.4.0_Tomcat-3.2.3\jboss\bin\sessions\PersonSession\999207139821.ser (The system cannot find the file specified)
at $Proxy13.resetCart(Unknown Source)
Can the system serialize the Person and Address objects?
From the exceptions thrown, I would guess one of the class does not implement the Serializable interface.
The ejbPassivate serves as a place where all resources which can not be or are not wanted to be passivated are released, but only such resources. A typical example of a non passivable resource is a db connection, so lets assume u have an instance field named con of type java.sql.Connection. During passivate u would do a con.close(); con=null; now the con field can be serialized cause a null can always be serialized. When the con field would contain a Connection object closed or not an exception would be thrown during the serialization of the bean. You do the same with resources which are serializable but you dont want them to be serialized. The method with adding null to fields before serialization is equivalent with marking the fields as transient. But remember that you have to do clean up (close the connection) on a transient field too, it saves you only the null assignment. Also be aware, that a transient field will possibly not have a null value after deserialization. If i understand the person field holds info about a person which can not be derived from any other serializable fields. When so this field must be serialized in order not to loose its value - u may not mark it as transient nor assign a null to it - as u saw u will loose its value. Person is a data field a value of which must be preserved and will be preserved by the serialization. I assume the Person class has only some primitive type fields like name, birthDate etc. if so u only need to implement the java.io.Serializable in the class in order to make the class serializable, all the serialization stuff will be handled by the jvm automatically. Now the ejbActivate - very simple. A rule u will use 90% of cases is "you released it in ejbPassivate -> aquire it a new in ejbActivate" the 10% will be some lazy-loding of resouces stuff. So u will do a con=dataSource.createConnection() in ejbActive(). For further reading i recommed ejb spec, javadoc for java.io.Serialiazable and the serialization trial in the java tutorial. Have fun :)