Design and Architecture of Duke's Tutoring
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Design and Architecture of Duke’s Tutoring

Duke’s Tutoring is a web application that incorporates several Java EE technologies. It exposes both a main interface (for students, guardians, and tutoring center staff) and an administration interface (for staff to maintain the system). The business logic for both interfaces is provided by enterprise beans. The enterprise beans use the Java Persistence API to create and store the application’s data in the database. Figure 61-1 illustrates the architecture of the application.

Figure 61-1 Architecture of the Duke’s Tutoring Example Application

Architecture diagram of the Duke’s Tutoring example application. Two clients access the main interface and the admin interface deployed in the web container. These interfaces communicate with enterprise beans deployed in the EJB container. The enterprise beans communicate with the database.

The Duke’s Tutoring application is organized into two main projects: the dukes-tutoring-common library and the dukes-tutoring-war web application. The dukes-tutoring-common library project contains the entity classes and helper classes used by the dukes-tutoring-war web application, and dukes-tutoring-common is packaged and deployed with dukes-tutoring-war. The library JAR file is useful for allowing the entity classes and helper classes to be reused by other applications, such as a JavaFX client application.

Duke’s Tutoring uses the following Java EE platform features:

  • Java Persistence API entities

    • A custom Bean Validation annotation, @Email, for validating email addresses

    • A standard jta-data-source definition that will create the JDBC resource on deployment

    • A standard property in the persistence.xml deployment descriptor to automatically and portably create and delete the tables in the jta-data-source

  • Enterprise beans

    • Local, no-interface view session and singleton beans

    • JAX-RS resources in a session bean

    • Java EE security constraints on the administrative interface business methods

    • All enterprise beans packaged within the WAR

  • WebSocket

    • A WebSocket server endpoint that automatically publishes the status of students to client endpoints

  • Contexts and Dependency Injection

    • A CDI event that is fired when the status of a student changes

    • Handler methods for updating the application once the status event is fired

    • CDI managed beans for Facelets pages

    • Bean Validation annotations in the CDI managed beans

  • JavaServer Faces technology, using Facelets for the web front end

    • Templating

    • Composite components

    • A custom formatter, PhoneNumberFormatter

    • Security constraints on the administrative interface

    • Ajax-enabled Facelets components

The Duke’s Tutoring application has two main user interfaces, both packaged within a single WAR file:

  • The main interface, for students, guardians, and staff

  • The administrative interface used by the staff to manage the students and guardians, and to generate attendance reports


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