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Java™ Platform
Standard Ed. 7

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Provides the definition of the ModelMBean classes.

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Package Description

Provides the definition of the ModelMBean classes. A Model MBean is an MBean that acts as a bridge between the management interface and the underlying managed resource. Both the management interface and the managed resource are specified as Java objects. The same Model MBean implementation can be reused many times with different management interfaces and managed resources, and it can provide common functionality such as persistence and caching.

A Model MBean implements the ModelMBean interface. It is a DynamicMBean whose getMBeanInfo method returns an object implementing ModelMBeanInfo.

Every MBean has an MBeanInfo with information about the MBean itself, and its attributes, operations, constructors, and notifications. A Model MBean augments this MBeanInfo with Descriptors that encode additional information in the form of (key,value) pairs. Usually, Descriptors are instances of DescriptorSupport.

The class RequiredModelMBean provides a standard Model MBean implementation.

The following example shows a Model MBean being used to make the get method of a HashMap available for management through an MBean server. No other methods are available through the MBean server. There is nothing special about HashMap here. Public methods from any public class can be exposed for management in the same way.

import java.lang.reflect.Method;
import java.util.HashMap;

// ...

MBeanServer mbs = MBeanServerFactory.createMBeanServer();
// The MBean Server

HashMap map = new HashMap();
// The resource that will be managed

// Construct the management interface for the Model MBean
Method getMethod = HashMap.class.getMethod("get", new Class[] {Object.class});
ModelMBeanOperationInfo getInfo =
    new ModelMBeanOperationInfo("Get value for key", getMethod);
ModelMBeanInfo mmbi =
    new ModelMBeanInfoSupport(HashMap.class.getName(),
                              "Map of keys and values",
                              null,  // no attributes
                              null,  // no constructors
                              new ModelMBeanOperationInfo[] {getInfo},
                              null); // no notifications

// Make the Model MBean and link it to the resource
ModelMBean mmb = new RequiredModelMBean(mmbi);
mmb.setManagedResource(map, "ObjectReference");

// Register the Model MBean in the MBean Server
ObjectName mapName = new ObjectName(":type=Map,name=whatever");
mbs.registerMBean(mmb, mapName);

// Resource can evolve independently of the MBean
map.put("key", "value");

// Can access the "get" method through the MBean Server
mbs.invoke(mapName, "get", new Object[] {"key"}, new String[] {Object.class.getName()});
// returns "value"

Package Specification

Java™ Platform
Standard Ed. 7

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