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Sending JMS message to ActiveMQ using Spring 2.5 from a web application

Last Updated 04/16/2017

In this post, I will show how you can send JMS message to ActiveMQ from your Spring web application. I have a Spring 2.5 + JBOSS Richfaces based web application that runs on Tomcat 6 running on JDK 5. Figure 1. depicts what I intend to do.
Figure - 1 Send JMS Message to ActiveMQ using Spring from a web application

Step 1: Drop in the following jars to WEB-INF/lib
  • activemq-core-5.2.0.jar
  • jms.jar
  • geronimo-j2ee-management_1.0_spec-1.0.jar
Step 2: Create the destination/Queue using the ActiveMQ admin web application.

Launch your browser and point it to - http://localhost:8161/admin/
Figure 2 - ActiveMQ Admin Console

Click on 'Queues' to navigate to queue list and create screen. You will need to supply the queue name and click on 'Create' to create a new queue destination on ActiveMQ server. This is shown in Figure 3.
Figure 3 - Create a new Queue

Step 3. Create a message producer interface.
This may not be necessary, but since I prefer to implement Program to Interface in my application I define a message producer interface.

This interface defines a single method(can have more, but for now this will suffice) which accepts an object (Java bean) which will be passed to the Queue.

Step 4. An implementation of the MessageProducer interface
This class is responsible for sending a particular JavaBean object to the queue (your goal may be different / may want to send something different). The key is the send method. It uses a MessageCreator to consume the supplied Event object. It then uses the JmsTemplate to send this message to the destination.
Step 5. Provide the message creator implementation

Step 6 - Wire up in Spring configuration

Step 7 - Client of the message producer
Now we need a client to use the message producer. The Event business service class will use this message producer.

Step 8 - Configure in Spring application context.
The message producer is injected by the Spring framework. Here is the configuration snippet from the service configuration.

Step 9 - Test for message
Finally I restart my Tomcat when everything is ready, launch the event entry form, fill in data and click on Send button in the screen. The event details are now in the queue. You can test this in the ActiveMQ admin web console as shown in the Figure - 4 below.
Figure 4 - New message now in the Queue.


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