Package javax.management.openmbean


package javax.management.openmbean

Provides the open data types and Open MBean descriptor classes. An Open MBean is an MBean where the types of attributes and of operation parameters and return values are built using a small set of predefined Java classes. Open MBeans facilitate operation with remote management programs that do not necessarily have access to application-specific types, including non-Java programs.

Every MBean has an MBeanInfo with information about the MBean itself, and its attributes, operations, constructors, and notifications. In an Open MBean, this MBeanInfo implements the OpenMBeanInfo interface, usually by being an instance of OpenMBeanInfoSupport.

The attribute information returned by MBeanInfo.getAttributes for an Open MBean is an array of objects implementing OpenMBeanAttributeInfo, usually instances of OpenMBeanAttributeInfoSupport. In addition to the usual information about attributes, an OpenMBeanAttributeInfo specifies the OpenType of the attribute. The possible OpenType values are predefined, which is what ensures that remote managers will understand them.

Similar remarks apply to the parameter types of operations and constructors, and to the return types of operations.

There is a distinction between an attribute's Java language type, as returned by getType(), and its OpenType, as returned by getOpenType(). For example, if the Java language type is java.lang.String, the OpenType will be SimpleType.String. If the Java language type is CompositeData, the OpenType will be a CompositeType that describes the items in the CompositeData instances for the attribute.

Default values and constraints

In Open MBeans, attributes and parameters can have default values and/or constraints associated with them in the OpenMBeanAttributeInfo or OpenMBeanParameterInfo. There are two ways to specify these constraints. Either the values are directly specified as parameters to one of the constructors of OpenMBeanAttributeInfoSupport or OpenMBeanParameterInfoSupport, for example OpenMBeanParameterInfoSupport(String, String, OpenType, Object, Object[]); or the values are specified in a Descriptor given as a parameter to one of the constructors.

When a Descriptor is used, the fields of interest are these:

For defaultValue, minValue, and maxValue, the associated value must either be of the Java type corresponding to openType, or be a string that can be converted into that type. The conversion uses the static method valueOf(String) if it finds one; otherwise a constructor with a single String parameter if it finds one; otherwise it fails.

For legalValues, the associated value must be either an array or a Set, and the elements of the array or set must be convertible as described for defaultValue etc.

The following conditions must be met for these fields:

  • the values must be of the appropriate type, or be strings that can be converted to the appropriate type as explained above;
  • if legalValues is present then neither minValue nor maxValue must be present;
  • if defaultValue is present then it must satisfy the constraints defined by legalValues, minValue, or maxValue when any of these is also present;
  • if minValue and maxValue are both present then minValue must not be greater than maxValue.
Since:
1.5
See Also:
JMX Specification, version 1.4
  • Related Packages
    Package
    Description
    Provides the core classes for the Java Management Extensions.
  • Interface Summary
    Interface
    Description
    The CompositeData interface specifies the behavior of a specific type of complex open data objects which represent composite data structures.
    A Java class can implement this interface to indicate how it is to be converted into a CompositeData by the MXBean framework.
    Describes an attribute of an open MBean.
    Describes a constructor of an Open MBean.
    Describes an Open MBean: an Open MBean is recognized as such if its getMBeanInfo() method returns an instance of a class which implements the OpenMBeanInfo interface, typically OpenMBeanInfoSupport.
    Describes an operation of an Open MBean.
    Describes a parameter used in one or more operations or constructors of an open MBean.
    The TabularData interface specifies the behavior of a specific type of complex open data objects which represent tabular data structures.
  • Class Summary
    Class
    Description
    The ArrayType class is the open type class whose instances describe all open data values which are n-dimensional arrays of open data values.
    An InvocationHandler that forwards getter methods to a CompositeData.
    The CompositeDataSupport class is the open data class which implements the CompositeData interface.
    The CompositeType class is the open type class whose instances describe the types of CompositeData values.
    Describes an attribute of an open MBean.
    Describes a constructor of an Open MBean.
    The OpenMBeanInfoSupport class describes the management information of an open MBean: it is a subclass of MBeanInfo, and it implements the OpenMBeanInfo interface.
    Describes an operation of an Open MBean.
    Describes a parameter used in one or more operations or constructors of an open MBean.
    The OpenType class is the parent abstract class of all classes which describe the actual open type of open data values.
    The SimpleType class is the open type class whose instances describe all open data values which are neither arrays, nor CompositeData values, nor TabularData values.
    The TabularDataSupport class is the open data class which implements the TabularData and the Map interfaces, and which is internally based on a hash map data structure.
    The TabularType class is the open type class whose instances describe the types of TabularData values.
  • Exception Summary
    Exception
    Description
    This runtime exception is thrown to indicate that a method parameter which was expected to be an item name of a composite data or a row index of a tabular data is not valid.
    This runtime exception is thrown to indicate that the open type of an open data value is not the one expected.
    This runtime exception is thrown to indicate that the index of a row to be added to a tabular data instance is already used to refer to another row in this tabular data instance.
    This checked exception is thrown when an open type, an open data or an open MBean metadata info instance could not be constructed because one or more validity constraints were not met.