This J2EE tip demonstrates a method of implementing JNDI Opertaions in a servlet. JNDI operations allow applications to supply names that span multiple naming systems. So in the process of completing an operation, one service provider might need to interact with another service provider, for example, to pass on the operation to be continued in the next naming system. The service provider package provides support for different providers to cooperate to complete JNDI operations.

import java.sql.*;
import javax.servlet.*;
import javax.servlet.http.*;
import javax.naming.*;
import javax.sql.*;

public class JNDIServlet extends HttpServlet {
  DataSource pool;

  public void init() throws ServletException {
    try {
    Context env = (Context
      new InitialContext().lookup("java:comp/env");

    pool = (DataSourceenv.lookup("jdbc/test");

          if (pool == null)
      throw new 
      ServletException("`jdbc/test' is an unknown DataSource");
    catch (NamingException e) {
          throw new ServletException(e);

  public void doGet(HttpServletRequest request,
                      HttpServletResponse response)
          throws IOException, ServletException {
    PrintWriter out = response.getWriter();

    Connection conn = null;
    try {
      conn = pool.getConnection();

          // Code for the servlet using the database goes here

    catch (SQLException e) {
          throw new ServletException(e);
    finally {
            try {
              if (conn != null)
            catch (SQLException e) {

Parent Category: Java EE Tips