Portable Data Types (.NET & Java)
To share data among heterogeneous applications, most messaging solutions require building an application based on self-descriptive message text. It becomes the responsibility of the application to use a format for the data so that it can be decoded by the receiving application coding. If you use the XML data format, it encounters performance problems.
In addition, a highly concurrent application environment with several publishers has a greater chance of race conditions causing problems with data integrity. Messaging systems have no inherent relationship between process control messages or messages to multiple destinations’ messaging (queues or topics) capabilities.
Most messaging solutions are actually designed to support multiple protocols, flexibility in terms of message reliability and more. But when it comes to opposing applications like .NET wishing to share data with Java, you can build heavy heads or interpretation of payloads based message encoding / decoding / text message delivery settings, message correlation, research data bases related background information before acting.
NCache comes with the feature of data types portability for heterogeneous applications through cache, with binary protocol which boosts the performance by reducing traffic and data size with the help of compact serialization. To explain this feature we will take examples of product entities having attributes id, name, quantity, category etc.
The Data type portability feature will allow .NET client applications to fetch objects of Product class from cache which is inserted by java client applications and will successfully deserialize to .NET Product class and vice versa.
You only have to configure both Product classes as shared types from administrative tools of NCache and map one or more attributes of class to the other which you want to be shared across platform, non-mapped attributes will contain default value while being received on the other side. To configure runtime data sharing through NCache Manager, see Registering Classes for Portable Data Sharing in NCache Administrator's Guide.
|Class Attributes Mapping|
|Product Class (C#)||Product Class (java)|
In the above mentioned table, attributes of class have been mapped with each other; quantity and category have no mapping attributes in the target class so they are left unmapped.
Query Indexes are also shared among shared data types if added in query index list.
Data Sharing is a very magnificent feature for all those clients who are using both NCache .NET and NCache Java editions but have some limitation as listed below:
Custom generic types are now supported but generic types cannot be shared.
In case of multiple versions, user needs to define default version for
An object registered in Data Sharing MUST be registered in Compact Serialization at the same time.
The following mapping should be considered while serializing a .NET/Java class: