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A distributed application consists of a set of software modules that reside on multiple hardware systems, and that communicate with one another to accomplish the tasks required of the application. For example, as shown in the following figure, a distributed application for a remote online banking system includes software modules that run on a bank customer's home computer, and a computer system at the bank on which all bank account records are maintained.
The task of checking an account balance, for example, can be performed simply by logging on and selecting an option from a menu. Behind the scenes, the local software module communicates with the remote software module using special application programming interface (API) routines.
The BEA Tuxedo distributed application programming environment provides the API routines necessary to enable secure, reliable communication between the distributed software modules. This API is referred to as the.
The ATMI enables you to:
The following table describes the BEA Tuxedo ATMI communication paradigms available to application developers.
Request/response communication enables one software module to send a request to a second software module and wait for a response. Can be synchronous (processing waits until the requester receives the response) or asynchronous (processing continues while the requester waits for the response).
This mode is also referred to as client/server interaction. The first software module assumes the role of the client; the second, of the server.
Refer to Writing Request/Response Clients and Servers for more information on this paradigm.
Conversational communication is similar to request/response communication, except that multiple requests and/or responses need to take place before the "conversation" is terminated. With conversational communication, both the client and the server maintain state information until the conversation is disconnected. The application protocol that you are using governs how messages are communicated between the client and server.
Conversational communication is commonly used to buffer portions of a lengthy response from a server to a client.
Refer to Writing Conversational Clients and Servers for more information on this paradigm.
Application queue-based communication supports deferred or time-independent communication, enabling a client and server to communicate using an application queue. The BEA Tuxedo/Q facility allows messages to be queued to persistent storage (disk) or to non-persistent storage (memory) for later processing or retrieval.
For example, application queue-based communication is useful for enqueuing requests when a system goes offline for maintenance, or for buffering communications if the client and server systems are operating at different speeds.
Refer to Using the ATMI /Q Component for more information on the /Q facility.
Event-based communication allows a client or server to notify a client when a specific situation (event) occurs.
Refer to Writing Event-based Clients and Servers for more information on this paradigm.
A BEA Tuxedo ATMI client is a software module that collects a user request and forwards it to a server that offers the requested service. Almost any software module can become a BEA Tuxedo client by calling the ATMI client initialization routine and "joining" the BEA Tuxedo application. The client can then exchange information with the server.
The client calls the ATMI termination routine to "leave" the application and notify the BEA Tuxedo system that it (the client) no longer needs to be tracked. Consequently, BEA Tuxedo application resources are made available for other operations.
The operation of a basic client process can be summarized by the pseudo-code shown in the following listing.
enroll as a client of the BEA TUXEDO application
place initial client identification in data structure
perform until end
get user input
place user input in DATA-REC
send service request
pass reply to the user
Most of the actions described in the above listing are implemented with
DATA-REC and passing the reply to the user—are implemented with COBOL routines.
An ATMI client may send and receive any number of service requests before leaving the application. The client may send these requests as a series of request/response calls or, if it is important to carry state information from one call to the next, by establishing a connection to a conversational server. In both cases, the logic in the client program is similar, but different ATMI calls are required for these two approaches.
Before you can execute an ATMI client, you must run the
-C command to compile it and link it with the BEA Tuxedo ATMI and required libraries. Refer to Writing Clients for information on the buildclient(1) command.
A BEA Tuxedo ATMI server is a process that provides one or more services to a client. A service is a specific business task that a client may need to perform. Servers receive requests from clients and dispatch them to the appropriate service subroutines.
To build server processes, applications combine their service subroutines with a controlling program provided by the BEA Tuxedo system. This system-supplied controlling program is a set of predefined routines. It performs server initialization and termination and places user input in data structures that can be used to receive and dispatch incoming requests to service routines. All of this processing is transparent to the application.
The following figure summarizes, in pseudo-code, the interaction between a server and a service subroutine.
After initialization, an ATMI waits until a request message is delivered to its message queue, dequeues the request, and dispatches it to a service subroutine for processing. If a reply is required, the reply is considered part of request processing.
The conversational paradigm is somewhat different from request/response, as illustrated by the pseudo-code in the following figure.
The BEA Tuxedo system-supplied controlling program contains the code needed to enroll a process as an ATMI server, advertise services, and dequeue requests. ATMI calls are used in service subroutines that process requests. When you are ready to compile and test your service subroutines, you must link edit them with the server and generate an executable server. To do so, run the
buildserver -C command.
If a client requests several services, or several iterations of the same service, a subset of the services might be transferred to another server for execution. In this case, the server assumes the role of a client, or requester. Both clients and servers can be requesters; a client, however, can only be a requester. This coding model is easily accomplished using the BEA Tuxedo ATMI calls.
|Note:||A request/response server can also forward a request to another server. In this case, the server does not assume the role of client (requester) because the reply is expected by the original client, not by the server forwarding the request.|
In addition to the COBOL code that expresses the logic of your application, you must use the Application-to-Transaction Monitor Interface (ATMI), the interface between your application and the BEA Tuxedo system.
The ATMI is a reasonably compact set of calls used to open and close resources, begin and end transactions, and support communication between clients and servers. The following table summarizes the ATMI calls. Each call is described in the BEA Tuxedo ATMI COBOL Function Reference.