Netbeans + Visual Paradigm = EJB Tutorial (Part 4)

Based on the previous parts of this tutorial (1, 2, 3) we will modify the application and Glassfish to connect to PostgreSQL or Oracle as DB.

  • Preparing Glassfish libraries
    Download the drivers for Oracle and PostgreSQL and add them to your {GLASSFISHHOME}/domains/{YOURDOMAIN}/lib
    Restart Glassfish.

    Glassfish lib folder

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Netbeans + Visual Paradigm = EJB Tutorial (Part 3)

In part 1 of this tutorial we created an EJB using Netbeans and Visual Paradigm, in part 2 a little ZK application to read data using the EJB. In part 3 we will move away from the Derby DB to PostgreSQL and Oracle DB and challenge ourselves with identifier more than 30 characters, which is an issue for Oracle (yes, it is 2011). We will add columns with more than 30 characters and play with a few different column types (the ones showing up in a normal DB layout).

  • Add new fields to the ERD

    Updated ERD

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Netbeans + Visual Paradigm = EJB Tutorial (Part 2)

In part 1 of this tutorial we walk through the modeling and code creation of an EJB using Netbeans and Visual Paradigm. In part 2 we will create a simple sample ZK web application that reads data using the EJB.


  • The project from completed tutorial part 1


Netbeans + Visual Paradigm = EJB Tutorial

The only commercial product in my toolbox is Visual Paradigm, a professional UML and modeling tool that integrates with the Netbeans IDE. If you are sincere about ERD, Use-Case and class models you should look at it. The available Netbeans plugins for UML could not convince me yet, too simple (but free). Visual Paradigm seems to operate at the other end, looks rather overloaded with functionality, but once you know what you want and where the function is located, you can create a nice workflow.

In this tutorial (created for internal purpose) I share the steps to create an EJB and  the ERD model and let VP (Visual Paradigm) create the class source code for me.


  • Netbeans 7.x
  • Visual Paradigm (Professional Version)
    You can download the 30 days trial, the free community edition is not sufficient.

Tutorial Part 1:

ZK with EJB3.1 running on Glassfish (Part 2)

In part 1 we connected a web application to a database using an EJB for reading access, deployed on a Glassfish Server. In part 2 we do some modifications to create a true CRUD application by adding add, delete and update.


  • Netbeans 6.7 or later
  • Installed ZK plugin (link)
  • Glassfish V3 or later
  • Netbeans Project from Part 1 (link)

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ZK with EJB3.1 running on Glassfish

A while back I created a tutorial that covers the direct DB access from a ZK application (link). Today I want to show you the most simple ZK application that reads from a DB using EJB 3.1 and display the data in a listbox.


  • Netbeans 6.7 or later
  • Installed ZK plugin (link)
  • Glassfish V3 or later

The tutorial covers 2 steps, the first part to create an EJB and the second part to create a ZK application. It covers all details of the project creation with Netbeans, but it does not elaborate the underlying EJB, JPA technology, feel free to read more about it at the Netbeans doc (eg. link) or in-detail at Oracle (link).

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Interacting with Databases through the Java Persistence API

Featured article about working with JPA in Netbeans. Reviewed and reproduced following an article by PACKT Publishing (link). Please hava a look at the end of the article with the book recommendation.

We will look into:

Java EE 5 Development with NetBeans 6
  • Creating our first JPA entity
  • Interacting with JPA entities with entity manager
  • Generating forms in JSF pages from JPA entities
  • Generating JPA entities from an existing database schema
  • JPA named queries and JPQL
  • Entity relationships
  • Generating complete JSF applications from JPA entities

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