Spring Declarative Transaction Management


Declarative transaction management approach allows you to manage the transaction with the help of configuration instead of hard coding in your source code. This means that you can separate transaction management from the business code. You only use annotations or XML-based configuration to manage the transactions. The bean configuration will specify the methods to be transactional. Here are the steps associated with declarative transaction −

  • We use <tx:advice /> tag, which creates a transaction-handling advice and at the same time we define a pointcut that matches all methods we wish to make transaction and reference the transactional advice.

  • If a method name has been included in the transactional configuration, then the created advice will begin the transaction before calling the method.

  • Target method will be executed in a try / catch block.

  • If the method finishes normally, the AOP advice commits the transaction successfully otherwise it performs a rollback.

Let us see how the above-mentioned steps work but before we begin, it is important to have at least two database tables on which we can perform various CRUD operations with the help of transactions. Let us take a Student table, which can be created in MySQL TEST database with the following DDL −


Second table is Marks in which we will maintain marks for the students based on years. Here SID is the foreign key for the Student table.


Now, let us write our Spring JDBC application which will implement simple operations on the Student and Marks tables. Let us have a working Eclipse IDE in place and take the following steps to create a Spring application −

Step Description
1 Create a project with a name SpringExample and create a package com.tutorialspoint under the src folder in the created project.
2 Add required Spring libraries using Add External JARs option as explained in the Spring Hello World Example chapter.
3 Add other required libraries mysql-connector-java.jar, aopalliance-x.y.jar, org.springframework.jdbc.jar, and org.springframework.transaction.jar in the project. You can download required libraries if you do not have them already.
4 Create DAO interface StudentDAO and list down all the required methods. Though it is not required and you can directly write StudentJDBCTemplate class, but as a good practice, let's do it.
5 Create other required Java classes StudentMarks, StudentMarksMapper, StudentJDBCTemplate and MainApp under the com.tutorialspoint package. You can create rest of the POJO classes if required.
6 Make sure you already created Student and Marks tables in TEST database. Also make sure your MySQL server is working fine and you have read/write access on the database using the given username and password.
7 Create Beans configuration file Beans.xml under the src folder.
8 The final step is to create the content of all the Java files and Bean Configuration file and run the application as explained below.

Following is the content of the Data Access Object interface file StudentDAO.java

package com.tutorialspoint;

import java.util.List;
import javax.sql.DataSource;

public interface StudentDAO {
      * This is the method to be used to initialize
      * database resources ie. connection.
   public void setDataSource(DataSource ds);
      * This is the method to be used to create
      * a record in the Student and Marks tables.
   public void create(String name, Integer age, Integer marks, Integer year);
      * This is the method to be used to list down
      * all the records from the Student and Marks tables.
   public List<StudentMarks> listStudents();

Following is the content of the StudentMarks.java file

package com.tutorialspoint;

public class StudentMarks {
   private Integer age;
   private String name;
   private Integer id;
   private Integer marks;
   private Integer year;
   private Integer sid;

   public void setAge(Integer age) {
      this.age = age;
   public Integer getAge() {
      return age;
   public void setName(String name) {
      this.name = name;
   public String getName() {
      return name;
   public void setId(Integer id) {
      this.id = id;
   public Integer getId() {
      return id;
   public void setMarks(Integer marks) {
      this.marks = marks;
   public Integer getMarks() {
      return marks;
   public void setYear(Integer year) {
      this.year = year;
   public Integer getYear() {
      return year;
   public void setSid(Integer sid) {
      this.sid = sid;
   public Integer getSid() {
      return sid;

Following is the content of the StudentMarksMapper.java file

package com.tutorialspoint;

import java.sql.ResultSet;
import java.sql.SQLException;
import org.springframework.jdbc.core.RowMapper;

public class StudentMarksMapper implements RowMapper<StudentMarks> {
   public StudentMarks mapRow(ResultSet rs, int rowNum) throws SQLException {
      StudentMarks studentMarks = new StudentMarks();

      return studentMarks;

Following is the implementation class file StudentJDBCTemplate.java for the defined DAO interface StudentDAO

package com.tutorialspoint;

import java.util.List;
import javax.sql.DataSource;
import org.springframework.dao.DataAccessException;
import org.springframework.jdbc.core.JdbcTemplate;

public class StudentJDBCTemplate implements StudentDAO {
   private JdbcTemplate jdbcTemplateObject;

   public void setDataSource(DataSource dataSource) {
      this.jdbcTemplateObject = new JdbcTemplate(dataSource);
   public void create(String name, Integer age, Integer marks, Integer year){
      try {
         String SQL1 = "insert into Student (name, age) values (?, ?)";
         jdbcTemplateObject.update( SQL1, name, age);

         // Get the latest student id to be used in Marks table
         String SQL2 = "select max(id) from Student";
         int sid = jdbcTemplateObject.queryForInt( SQL2 );

         String SQL3 = "insert into Marks(sid, marks, year) " + "values (?, ?, ?)";
         jdbcTemplateObject.update( SQL3, sid, marks, year);
         System.out.println("Created Name = " + name + ", Age = " + age);
         // to simulate the exception.
         throw new RuntimeException("simulate Error condition") ;
      catch (DataAccessException e) {
         System.out.println("Error in creating record, rolling back");
         throw e;
   public List<StudentMarks> listStudents() {
      String SQL = "select * from Student, Marks where Student.id = Marks.sid";
      List <StudentMarks> studentMarks = jdbcTemplateObject.query(SQL, 
         new StudentMarksMapper());
      return studentMarks;

Now let us move with the main application file MainApp.java, which is as follows

package com.tutorialspoint;

import java.util.List;
import org.springframework.context.ApplicationContext;
import org.springframework.context.support.ClassPathXmlApplicationContext;

public class MainApp {
   public static void main(String[] args) {
      ApplicationContext context = new ClassPathXmlApplicationContext("Beans.xml");

      StudentDAO studentJDBCTemplate = 
      System.out.println("------Records creation--------" );
      studentJDBCTemplate.create("Zara", 11, 99, 2010);
      studentJDBCTemplate.create("Nuha", 20, 97, 2010);
      studentJDBCTemplate.create("Ayan", 25, 100, 2011);

      System.out.println("------Listing all the records--------" );
      List<StudentMarks> studentMarks = studentJDBCTemplate.listStudents();
      for (StudentMarks record : studentMarks) {
         System.out.print("ID : " + record.getId() );
         System.out.print(", Name : " + record.getName() );
         System.out.print(", Marks : " + record.getMarks());
         System.out.print(", Year : " + record.getYear());
         System.out.println(", Age : " + record.getAge());

Following is the configuration file Beans.xml

<?xml version = "1.0" encoding = "UTF-8"?>
<beans xmlns = "http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans"
   xmlns:xsi = "http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"
   xmlns:tx = "http://www.springframework.org/schema/tx"
   xmlns:aop = "http://www.springframework.org/schema/aop"
   xsi:schemaLocation = "http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans

   <!-- Initialization for data source -->
   <bean id="dataSource" 
      class = "org.springframework.jdbc.datasource.DriverManagerDataSource">
      <property name = "driverClassName" value = "com.mysql.jdbc.Driver"/>
      <property name = "url" value = "jdbc:mysql://localhost:3306/TEST"/>
      <property name = "username" value = "root"/>
      <property name = "password" value = "cohondob"/>
   <tx:advice id = "txAdvice" transaction-manager = "transactionManager">
      <tx:method name = "create"/>
      <aop:pointcut id = "createOperation" 
         expression = "execution(* com.tutorialspoint.StudentJDBCTemplate.create(..))"/>
      <aop:advisor advice-ref = "txAdvice" pointcut-ref = "createOperation"/>
   <!-- Initialization for TransactionManager -->
   <bean id = "transactionManager"
      class = "org.springframework.jdbc.datasource.DataSourceTransactionManager">
      <property name = "dataSource" ref = "dataSource" />    

   <!-- Definition for studentJDBCTemplate bean -->
   <bean id = "studentJDBCTemplate"  
      class = "com.tutorialspoint.StudentJDBCTemplate">
      <property name = "dataSource" ref = "dataSource"/>  


Once you are done creating the source and bean configuration files, let us run the application. If everything is fine with your application, it will print the following exception. In this case, the transaction will be rolled back and no record will be created in the database table.

------Records creation--------
Created Name = Zara, Age = 11
Exception in thread "main" java.lang.RuntimeException: simulate Error condition

You can try the above example after removing the exception, and in this case it should commit the transaction and you should see a record in the database.