Initial context support
All naming operations begin with obtaining an initial context. You can view the initial context as a starting point in the name space. Use the initial context to perform naming operations, such as looking up and binding objects in the name space.
Initial contexts registered with the ORB as initial references
The server root, cell persistent root, cell root, and node root are registered with the name server's ORB and can be used as an initial context. An initial context is used by CORBA and enterprise bean applications as a starting point for name space lookups. The keys for these roots as recognized by the ORB are shown in the following table...
Root Context Initial Reference Key Server Root NameServiceServerRoot Cell Persistent Root NameServiceCellPersistentRoot Cell Root NameServiceCellRoot, NameService Node Root NameServiceNodeRoot
A server root initial context is the server root context for the specific server you are accessing. Similarly, a node root initial context is the node root for the server being accessed.
Use the previously mentioned keys in CORBA INS object URLs (corbaloc and corbaname) and as an argument to an ORB resolve_initial_references call. For examples, see CORBA and JNDI programming examples, which show how to get an initial context.
Default initial contexts
The default initial context depends on the type of client. Different categories of clients and the corresponding default initial context follow.
- WAS V5 JNDI interface implementation
The JNDI interface is used by EJB applications to perform name space lookups. WAS clients by default use the WebSphere Application Server CosNaming JNDI plug-in implementation. The default initial context for clients of this type is the server root of the server specified by the provider URL. For more details, refer to the JNDI programming examples on getting initial contexts.
- WAS JNDI interface implementation prior to V5
WAS clients running in releases prior to WAS V5 by default use WAS's v4.0 CosNaming JNDI plug-in implementation. The default initial context for clients of this type is the cell persistent root, also known as the legacy root.
- Other JNDI implementation
Some applications can perform name space lookups with a non-WAS CosNaming JNDI plug-in implementation. Assuming the key NamingContext is used to obtain the initial context, the default initial context for clients of this type is the cell root.
Name space logical view
Developing applications that use JNDI
Developing applications that use CosNaming (CORBA Naming interface)
Get the default initial context
Get an initial context by setting the provider URL property
Get an initial context with CosNaming