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Cases for Shortcomings of Single Request-Response model

My personal experience about implementing a single request response model had been very discouraging. Consider a situation in which u want two remotely hosted instances of database to be synchronized.  The synchronization essentially means  changes at either side to be reflected  at the  other side  whenever  synchronization request  is made.  The changes here essentially means inserts, updates, deletes at either side and not the DDL changes to be reflected.

I have a solution which does this synchronization using transfer of changes at either side as XML data packets and applying the changes after successfully receiving the changed XML data packets from the other side. The solution I implemented initially was a single request response model.

This simply means that

Step 1. I will fetch the database changes at the requester side from the last stable synchronized state and convert the changes resultset to java.sql.rowset.WebRowSet kind of XML format and transfer the changes to the receiver end with the request.

Step 2. The receiver side will receive the changes and try to parse the XML data packets and apply the changes on the database.

Step 3. After committing the changes received from the requester end I will fetch the changes at the receiver end and will prepare the XML data packets out of it.

Step 4. The changes at the receiver end will reach and received at the requester end the same commit will happen.

At the end I ll have the two ends in a synchronized state.

The problem with this approach is that this approach is highly unreliable as it is tightly coupled with network. Any network failure will lead to again creating the synchronization request. Which is not necessary as it is always easier to cache the changes at each step(After fetching the changes, After receiving the changes at either end). Also in the single request response model I feel that acknowledgment of  a particular atomic activity  is not exchanged which will highly increase the reliability or at least we can have a save point based approach. what say ??

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April 21, 2008 Posted by | techie stuff | Leave a comment