A thread racing web application that demonstrates technologies introduced or updated in the latest Java EE specification.

What is it?

The thread-racing quickstart is a web application that demonstrates new and updated technologies introduced by the Java EE 8 specification through simple use cases.

The web application allows the user to trigger a race between 4 threads and follow, in real time, the progress of each thread until the race ends.

The race itself consists of multiple stages, each demonstrating the usage of a specific new or updated Java EE 8 technology:

  • Batch 1.0

  • EE Concurrency 1.0

  • JAX-RS 2.0

  • JMS 2.0

  • JSON 1.0

WebSockets 1.0 is one of the most relevant new technologies introduced by Java EE 8. Instead of being used in a race stage, a WebSockets 1.0 ServerEndpoint provides the remote application interface. A new race is run when a client establishes a session. That session is then used to update the client in real time, with respect to the race progress and results. The src/main/java/org/jboss/as/quickstarts/threadracing/WebSocketRace.java file is the WebSocket server endpoint class and is a good entry point when studying how the application code works.

JPA 2.1 is also present in the application code. Specifically it is used to store race results in the default data source instance, which is also new to Java EE. Further details are included in the src/main/java/org/jboss/as/quickstarts/threadracing/results/RaceResults.java class.

Considerations for Use in a Production Environment

H2 Database

This quickstart uses the H2 database included with JBoss Enterprise Application Platform Server 7.2. It is a lightweight, relational example datasource that is used for examples only. It is not robust or scalable, is not supported, and should NOT be used in a production environment.

System Requirements

The application this project produces is designed to be run on JBoss Enterprise Application Platform Server 7.2 or later.

All you need to build this project is Java 8.0 (Java SDK 1.8) or later and Maven 3.3.1 or later. See Configure Maven to Build and Deploy the Quickstarts to make sure you are configured correctly for testing the quickstarts.


In the following instructions, replace EAP_HOME with the actual path to your JBoss EAP installation. The installation path is described in detail here: Use of EAP_HOME and JBOSS_HOME Variables.

Start the JBoss EAP Standalone Server

  1. Open a terminal and navigate to the root of the JBoss EAP directory.

  2. Start the JBoss EAP server with the full profile by typing the following command.

    $ EAP_HOME/bin/standalone.sh -c standalone-full.xml
    For Windows, use the EAP_HOME\bin\standalone.bat script.

Build and Deploy the Quickstart

  1. Make sure you start the JBoss EAP server as described above.

  2. Open a terminal and navigate to the root directory of this quickstart.

  3. Type the following command to build the artifacts.

    $ mvn clean package wildfly:deploy

This deploys the thread-racing/target/thread-racing.war to the running instance of the server.

You should see a message in the server log indicating that the archive deployed successfully.

Access the application

The application will be running at the following URL http://localhost:8080/thread-racing/.

To start a race press the Insert Coin button. The page displays the names of the threads as they join the race. It then tracks the progress of each thread through the Batch, EE Concurrency, JAX-RS, JMS, and JSON stages of the race. Finally, it displays the official race results and championship standings.

Server Log: Expected Warnings and Errors

You will see the following warning in the server log. You can ignore this warning.
HHH000431: Unable to determine H2 database version, certain features may not work

Undeploy the Quickstart

When you are finished testing the quickstart, follow these steps to undeploy the archive.

  1. Make sure you start the JBoss EAP server as described above.

  2. Open a terminal and navigate to the root directory of this quickstart.

  3. Type this command to undeploy the archive:

    $ mvn wildfly:undeploy

Run the Quickstart in Red Hat JBoss Developer Studio or Eclipse

You can also start the server and deploy the quickstarts or run the Arquillian tests in Red Hat JBoss Developer Studio or from Eclipse using JBoss tools. For general information about how to import a quickstart, add a JBoss EAP server, and build and deploy a quickstart, see Use JBoss Developer Studio or Eclipse to Run the Quickstarts.

Within Red Hat Developer Studio, make sure you define a server runtime environment that uses the standalone-full.xml configuration file.

Debug the Application

If you want to debug the source code of any library in the project, run the following command to pull the source into your local repository. The IDE should then detect it.

$ mvn dependency:sources