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Schedule Java EE 7 Batch Jobs (Tech Tip #36)

Posted by arungupta on July 8, 2014 at 7:04 AM PDT

Java EE 7 added the capability to perform Batch jobs in a standard way using JSR 352.

<job id="myJob" xmlns="" version="1.0">
  <step id="myStep">
    <chunk item-count="3">
    <reader ref="myItemReader"/>
    <processor ref="myItemProcessor"/>
  <writer ref="myItemWriter"/>

This code fragment is the Job Specification Language defined as XML, a.k.a. Job XML. It defines a canonical job, with a single step, using item-oriented or chunk-oriented processing. A chunk can have a reader, optional processor, and a writer. Each of these elements are identified using the corresponding elements in the Job XML, and are CDI beans packaged in the archive.

This job can be easily started using:
BatchRuntime.getJobOperator().start("myJob", new Properties());
A typical question asked in different forums and conferences is how to schedule these jobs in a Java EE runtime. Batch 1.0 API itself does not offer anything to be schedule these jobs. However Java EE platform offers three different ways to schedule these jobs:

  1. Use the @javax.ejb.Schedule annotation in an EJB.
    Here is a sample code that will trigger the execution of batch job at 11:59:59 PM every day.
    public class MyEJB {
      @Schedule(hour = "23", minute = "59", second = "59")
      public void myJob() {
        BatchRuntime.getJobOperator().start("myJob", new Properties());

    Of course, you can change the parameters of