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[JPA 2] Adding support to WebLogic 10.3.5 for JPA 2

WebLogic 10.3.5 is JAVA EE 5 certified. However JPA 2 is not part of the JAVA EE 5 (2006) specifications, it is part of the JAVA EE 6 (2009) specifications.
So since WebLogic Server implements the Java EE 5 specification, it is not required to support JPA 2. However it is possible to add support to WebLogic 10.3.5 for JPA 2. Look no further, the answer is of course on Oracle WebLogic website: Using Oracle TopLink with Oracle WebLogic Server

A default WebLogic installation already contains the files needed :

javax.persistence_1.0.0.0_2-0-0.jar
com.oracle.jpa2support_1.0.0.0_2-0.jar

So if you make the choice to configure things manually then you do not need to install a patch.
It is just a matter of declaring a PRE_CLASSPATH environment variable in the file commEnv.cmd (Windows) or commEnv.sh (Linux) located in the WL_HOME/common/bin/ folder.

Under Windows :

@rem JPA 2 activation

set PRE_CLASSPATH=%BEA_HOME%\modules\javax.persistence_1.0.0.0_2-0-0.jar;%BEA_HOME%\modules\com.oracle.jpa2support_1.0.0.0_2-0.jar

Under Linux :

PRE_CLASSPATH=${BEA_HOME}/modules/javax.persistence_1.0.0.0_2-0-0.jar:${BEA_HOME}/modules/com.oracle.jpa2support_1.0.0.0_2-0.jar
export PRE_CLASSPATH

If you do not configure WebLogic 10.3.5 to support JPA 2 you will get an error message like this one :

nested exception is:
	javax.ejb.EJBException: what do i do: seems an odd quirk of the EJB spec.
  The exception is:java.lang.NoSuchMethodError: javax.persistence.EntityManager.createQuery(Ljava/lang/String;Ljava/lang/Class;)Ljavax/persistence/TypedQuery;;
nested exception is: javax.ejb.EJBException: what do i do: seems an odd quirk of the EJB spec.
The exception is:java.lang.NoSuchMethodError: javax.persistence.EntityManager.createQuery(Ljava/lang/String;Ljava/lang/Class;)Ljavax/persistence/TypedQuery;

javax.ejb.EJBException: what do i do: seems an odd quirk of the EJB spec.
 The exception is:java.lang.NoSuchMethodError: javax.persistence.EntityManager.createQuery(Ljava/lang/String;Ljava/lang/Class;)Ljavax/persistence/TypedQuery;

There is no need to edit the file weblogic-application.xml and to add some additional prefered application package. That one for instance works :

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?>
<weblogic-application xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"
	xmlns:wls="http://www.bea.com/ns/weblogic/90"
	xsi:schemaLocation="http://java.sun.com/xml/ns/j2ee http://java.sun.com/xml/ns/j2ee/j2ee_1_4.xsd http://www.bea.com/ns/weblogic/90 http://www.bea.com/ns/weblogic/90/weblogic-application.xsd">
	<prefer-application-packages>
		<package-name>org.apache.commons.lang.*</package-name>
		<package-name>org.eclipse.persistence.*</package-name>
	</prefer-application-packages>
	<application-param>
		<param-name>webapp.encoding.default</param-name>
		<param-value>UTF-8</param-value>
	</application-param>
	<session-descriptor>
		<persistent-store-type>replicated_if_clustered</persistent-store-type>
	</session-descriptor>
</weblogic-application>


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