Class Session

  extended by com.sparsity.dex.gdb.Session
All Implemented Interfaces:

public class Session
extends java.lang.Object

Session class.

A Session is a stateful period of activity of a user with the Database.

All the manipulation of a Database must be enclosed into a Session. A Session can be initiated from a Database instance and allows for getting a Graph instance which represents the persistent graph (the graph database).

Also, temporary data is associated to the Session, thus when a Session is closed, all the temporary data associated to the Session is removed too. Objects or Values instances or even session attributes are an example of temporary data.

Moreover, a Session is exclusive for a thread, thus if it is shared among threads results may be fatal or unexpected.


A Session allows for enclosing a set of graph operations into a transaction. A transaction defines a granurality level for concurrent execution of Sessions. The explicit use of transactions may improve the performance of concurrent execution of Sessions.

All operations within a transaction are considered an execution unit. By default, if no transactions are defined by the user, all operations behave as autocommit, that is a transaction is created just before each method and closed when the method finishes.

For the moment, transactions have a partial support of the ACID properties.

Transaction type

There are two types of transactions: Read or Shared, and Write or Exclusive. DEX's concurrency model is based in a N-readers 1-writer model, thus read transactions can be executed concurrently whereas write transactions are executed exclusively.

The type of a transaction is defined for the operations it contains. Initially, a transaction starts as a read transaction and just when a method which updates the persistent graph database is found it automatically becomes a write transaction. Obviously, to become a write transaction this must wait until all other read transactions have finished.

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Method Summary
 void begin()
          Begins a transaction.
 void close()
          Closes the Session instance.
 void commit()
          Commits a transaction.
 Graph getGraph()
          Gets the Graph instance.
 boolean isClosed()
          Gets if Session instance has been closed or not.
 Objects newObjects()
          Creates a new Objects instance.
Methods inherited from class java.lang.Object
clone, equals, finalize, getClass, hashCode, notify, notifyAll, toString, wait, wait, wait

Method Detail


public boolean isClosed()
Gets if Session instance has been closed or not.

TRUE if the Session instance has been closed, FALSE otherwise.
See Also:


public void commit()
Commits a transaction.


public Graph getGraph()
Gets the Graph instance.

The Graph instance.


public void close()
Closes the Session instance.

It must be called to ensure the integrity of all data.

Specified by:
close in interface


public void begin()
Begins a transaction.


public Objects newObjects()
Creates a new Objects instance.

The new Objects instance.