Java Transaction Service without the application server

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Published on 2012-07-10T12:37:38Z Indexed on 2012/07/10 15:23 UTC
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Is it possible to have a Java standalone application (no application server attached) that exposes some operations that a client can call and be the one to manage the transactions?

I was thinking this application to expose JNDI resources and get a hold of a java:comp/UserTransaction from there, get also a bean from there and call methods A, B and C on it and coordinate the transaction from the client?

The application I'm writing isn't complex enough so that I need a big application server around it so I'm thinking to have a standalone JTS inside it that the client could interact with from a transactions point of view.

I don't have much experience with distributed transactions and don't really know how to tackle the issue. Is it even possible? Am I getting myself into something beyond what a mere mortal (programmer) can handle?

How can I approach this?

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