Enterprise Distributed Application Service (EDAS) integrates SchedulerX into the console as a component to implement distributed job scheduling. This topic describes how to use SchedulerX to schedule jobs in Spring Cloud applications, deploy the applications to EDAS, and implement job scheduling in Simple Job Single-Server Edition mode.

Why is SchedulerX used?

SchedulerX is a distributed job scheduling product developed by Alibaba, which is accurate, highly reliable, and highly available. It allows you to run jobs on a scheduled basis in seconds by using the Cron expression. It provides models for implementing distributed jobs, such as grid jobs.

Schedule jobs locally

  1. Create a Maven project called scx-example.
  2. The following takes Spring Boot 2.1.4.RELEASE and Spring Cloud Finchley.SR1 as an example. Add the following dependencies to the pom.xml file:
    • If you want to use Spring Boot 1.x, use Spring Boot 1.5.x, Spring Cloud Edgware, and Spring Cloud Alibaba 1.5.1.RELEASE.
    • Spring Boot 1.x has expired, so we recommend that you use a later version of Spring Boot to develop applications.
  3. Create the startup class ScxApplication for scx-example.
     import org.springframework.boot.SpringApplication;
     import org.springframework.boot.autoconfigure.SpringBootApplication;
     public class ScxApplication {
         public static void main(String[] args) {
             SpringApplication.run(ScxApplication.class, args);
  4. Create a simple class TestService and inject the class to IoC of the test task through Spring.
     import org.springframework.stereotype.Service;
     public class TestService {
         public void test() {
             System.out.println("---------IOC Success--------");
  5. Create a simple class SimpleTask as the test task class and inject TestService to the class.
     import com.alibaba.edas.schedulerx.ProcessResult;
     import com.alibaba.edas.schedulerx.ScxSimpleJobContext;
     import com.alibaba.edas.schedulerx.ScxSimpleJobProcessor;
     import org.springframework.beans.factory.annotation.Autowired;
     public class SimpleTask implements ScxSimpleJobProcessor {
         private TestService testService;
         public ProcessResult process(ScxSimpleJobContext context) {
             System.out.println("-----------Hello world---------------");
             ProcessResult processResult = new ProcessResult(true);
             return processResult;
  6. Create a scheduled job group and add required configurations.
    1. Log on to the EDAS console. Create a scheduled job group in the test region and record the group ID.
    2. In the job group that you created, configure the scheduled job as follows:
      • Job Group: Select the ID of the group you created in the test region.
      • Job Processing Interface: Enter the name of the class that implements the job interface. In this example, the value is SimpleTask, which is the same as the test job class in the application.
      • Type: Select Simple Job Single-Server Edition.
      • Cron Expression: *0 * * * * ? * is selected by default. It means that the job is run once every minute.
      • Job Description: None.
      • Custom Parameters: None.
    3. In the src/main/resources path of the local Maven project, create the application.properties file and add the following configuration to the file:
      # Configures the region (the **regionName** of the test region is *cn-test*) and the group ID (group-id) of the job.
  7. Run the main function in ScxApplication to start the service.

Verify the result

Log on to the IntelliJ IDEA console and view the standard output. The following test information is printed periodically:

-----------Hello world---------------
---------IOC Success--------            

Deploy applications to EDAS

Spring Cloud Alibaba Cloud SchedulerX is designed for migrating applications from the development environment to EDAS. You can directly deploy applications to EDAS without modifying any code or configurations. For more information about deployment methods and procedures, see Overview of application deployment.

After the applications are deployed, you can schedule jobs in the EDAS console.

Procedure of using scheduled jobs in non-test regions

In this topic, the test region is used and the test is performed in a public network environment. You can verify the deployment result both on on-premises and off-premises instances, without permission restrictions. If you want to deploy applications to other regions, for example, China (Hangzhou), you need to perform the following steps in addition to creating a scheduled job and scheduling it:

  1. Log on to the EDAS console. Create a job group and a scheduled job in the China (Hangzhou) region.
  2. Go to the Security Management page and retrieve the AccessKey ID and AccessKey secret.
  3. In the application.properties file, configure the scheduled job.
    You can also configure other types for the job than Simple Job Single-Server Edition.
  4. In the application.properties file, add the AccessKey ID and AccessKey secret of your Alibaba Cloud account.

Subsequent operations

After your application is deployed to EDAS, you can use SchedulerX to implement more job scheduling functions.