Glassfish 4 will implement the Java EE 7 specification, which includes JSR-352: Batch Applications for the Java Platform.  An implementation of this is currently available via the Glassfish nightly builds - the official release is fast approaching.

Here Jonathan Jones takes the first steps to understanding JSR-352 by creating a very simple Batch Job and a Servlet based interface to start, restart and view information on jobs.  It may be a while before companies move to adopt JSR-352 but Java EE professionals can gain a head start by familiarising themselves with the specification and learning how to code long running batch jobs on the Java platform.

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