What about Alternative Solutions?

You know that this book is about Quartz, but what about alternatives to the Quartz framework? Other approaches are often mentioned when comparing job scheduling solutions, so it's worth while to briefly mention them.

Java SDK Timer and TimerTask Classes

The java.util.Timer and java.util.TimerTask classes were added to the Java SDK in Version 1.3. These new classes are ideal as the basis of a scheduler, but they are only a fraction of what is needed with a complete jobscheduling framework. Any serious jobscheduling framework has functionality for selecting the execution time, storing job information in various places, and using hooks for customization, just to name a few. Two classes in the Java SDK don't make a job scheduler: The Java Timer has no way to organize jobs and triggers, uses one thread per task instead of a pool of threads, and has several other deficiencies that keep it from performing as a full job scheduler.

HomeGrown solution

As with the Timer and TimerTask classes just mentioned, it's easy to underestimate the effort involved in creating a flexible and featurerich job scheduler. Creating a job scheduler is not a trivial task, either. It requires expertise in not only Java threads, but many other complicated topics as well. Job scheduling is not something to build from scratch if it's not your specialty.

Commercial Solutions

Quite a few commercial job schedulers are available on the market. We make no attempt in this book to review or evaluate these commercial solutions. Table 1.1 lists several of the more popular solutions and URLs where you can get more information.

Table 1.1. Commercial Job Schedulers



Flux Scheduler


Enterprise Batching Queuing


Unicenter AutoSys Job Management 4.5


BMC Software ControlM


Cybermation ESP Espresso 4.2


Vexus consulting Avatar Job Scheduling Suite 4.5.5


Argent software The Argent Job Scheduler 4.5A


Tidal Enterprise Scheduler


Scheduling in the Enterprise

Getting Started with Quartz

Hello, Quartz

Scheduling Jobs

Cron Triggers and More

JobStores and Persistence

Implementing Quartz Listeners

Using Quartz Plug-Ins

Using Quartz Remotely

Using Quartz with J2EE

Clustering Quartz

Quartz Cookbook

Quartz and Web Applications

Using Quartz with Workflow

Appendix A. Quartz Configuration Reference

Quartz Job Scheduling Framework(c) Building Open Source Enterprise Applications
Quartz Job Scheduling Framework: Building Open Source Enterprise Applications
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