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Manual Packaging for Deployment - J2ee

Hello,

I have a requirement to create EAR and WAR packages without using the
integrated package building tools built into the IDE. The packages will be
created via a deployment script, preferably on a Win2k/Xp machine (less
preferably we have a solaris 9x box - however i really need to get this
running on xp or i'll be shuffling files between systems constantly)

To be honest, all i've ever used is my IDE, in this case Sun One Studio
(forte) to build my EARs and WARs but now I need to build my packages on a
dedicated build box thats tied in with our Source Repository.. Meaning i
have to go to first principles to create the packages...

Retrieving the files from the Code Bank isnt the issue, but compiling and
packaging the files is.

I'm using Javac to create my class files, the bit i'm not sure about (read,
currently lost) is the creation of the WAR/EAR, readings suggest that I use
the Deploytool, or JAR however I cant find explanitory text on how to use
those apps..

also note, I cant use a GUI, (deploy tool appears to have a gui/non gui
mode) as this will be a scripted deployment.

To add something else into the mix, ANT seems a popular choice, however this
is something ive never played with before so unless its the "prefered"
choice of the forum, i'm not planning on going there!

Please throw a few pearls of your collective wisdom my way, anything you
have would be appreciated.

Cheers
Jul 17 '05 #1
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Have you looked at INSTALLANYWHERE? What platforms do you need to deploy
to? Maybe if we talked I could help more. I have written many installers.

Bob Reynolds wrote:
Hello,

I have a requirement to create EAR and WAR packages without using the
integrated package building tools built into the IDE. The packages will be
created via a deployment script, preferably on a Win2k/Xp machine (less
preferably we have a solaris 9x box - however i really need to get this
running on xp or i'll be shuffling files between systems constantly)

To be honest, all i've ever used is my IDE, in this case Sun One Studio
(forte) to build my EARs and WARs but now I need to build my packages on a
dedicated build box thats tied in with our Source Repository.. Meaning i
have to go to first principles to create the packages...

Retrieving the files from the Code Bank isnt the issue, but compiling and
packaging the files is.

I'm using Javac to create my class files, the bit i'm not sure about (read,
currently lost) is the creation of the WAR/EAR, readings suggest that I use
the Deploytool, or JAR however I cant find explanitory text on how to use
those apps..

also note, I cant use a GUI, (deploy tool appears to have a gui/non gui
mode) as this will be a scripted deployment.

To add something else into the mix, ANT seems a popular choice, however this
is something ive never played with before so unless its the "prefered"
choice of the forum, i'm not planning on going there!

Please throw a few pearls of your collective wisdom my way, anything you
have would be appreciated.

Cheers


Jul 17 '05 #2
I use Ant for everything, including the creation of deployment descriptors.
Not only will you learn the de facto standard in Java build tools, but you
may even learn about J2EE and the deployment descriptor definitions that are
required - I usually write them by hand.

--
Tony Morris
(BInfTech, Cert 3 I.T., SCJP[1.4], SCJD)
Software Engineer
IBM Australia - Tivoli Security Software
"Bob Reynolds" <bo*@bigpond.com> wrote in message
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Hello,

I have a requirement to create EAR and WAR packages without using the
integrated package building tools built into the IDE. The packages will be
created via a deployment script, preferably on a Win2k/Xp machine (less
preferably we have a solaris 9x box - however i really need to get this
running on xp or i'll be shuffling files between systems constantly)

To be honest, all i've ever used is my IDE, in this case Sun One Studio
(forte) to build my EARs and WARs but now I need to build my packages on a
dedicated build box thats tied in with our Source Repository.. Meaning i
have to go to first principles to create the packages...

Retrieving the files from the Code Bank isnt the issue, but compiling and
packaging the files is.

I'm using Javac to create my class files, the bit i'm not sure about (read, currently lost) is the creation of the WAR/EAR, readings suggest that I use the Deploytool, or JAR however I cant find explanitory text on how to use
those apps..

also note, I cant use a GUI, (deploy tool appears to have a gui/non gui
mode) as this will be a scripted deployment.

To add something else into the mix, ANT seems a popular choice, however this is something ive never played with before so unless its the "prefered"
choice of the forum, i'm not planning on going there!

Please throw a few pearls of your collective wisdom my way, anything you
have would be appreciated.

Cheers

Jul 17 '05 #3

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