The Java EE 5 Tutorial

JMS Sessions

A session is a single-threaded context for producing and consuming messages. You use sessions to create the following:

Sessions serialize the execution of message listeners; for details, see JMS Message Listeners.

A session provides a transactional context with which to group a set of sends and receives into an atomic unit of work. For details, see Using JMS API Local Transactions.

Sessions implement the Session interface. After you create a Connection object, you use it to create a Session:

Session session = connection.createSession(false,

The first argument means that the session is not transacted; the second means that the session automatically acknowledges messages when they have been received successfully. (For more information, see Controlling Message Acknowledgment.)

To create a transacted session, use the following code:

Session session = connection.createSession(true, 0);

Here, the first argument means that the session is transacted; the second indicates that message acknowledgment is not specified for transacted sessions. For more information on transactions, see Using JMS API Local Transactions. For information about the way JMS transactions work in Java EE applications, see Using the JMS API in a Java EE Application.