How to run j2ee weblogic application more smoothly in eclipse

Hi,

Here the "more smoothly" means:

Is it possible that when you change code in eclipse, it will automatically be compiled and deployed by weblogic server?

Currently if I changed any code, I need to use build.xml to build the whole application, that takes time. I am using wtp-eclipse. If you think it would work on bea's weblogic-eclipse built-in, I can try it too.

Thanks.
ly_uwoAsked:
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KnightFireConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Also, those instructions talk about starting with an ear and unpacking it to its exploded form.
You don't have to do that, all you have to do is end up with a directory structure that mirrors what the ear file structure would be.
For example (entries marked * are directories):

*my-app.ear
     |_APP-INF*
     |_META-INF*
     |_mywar.war
     |  |_WEB-INF*
     |  |  |_classes
     |  |      |_com....
     |  |_my_jsp.jsp
     |  |_myotherjsp.jsp
     |_myjar.jar
         |_META-INF
 
etc, so you end up with a directory structure that looks like the contents of an ear file, plus all the archives within the ear, all expanded out into a single structure

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KnightFireCommented:
You should be able to find a plugin that allows you to start, stop and deploy to your WebLogic server from within the IDE. There is an eclpise plugin on dev2dev but I have not used it
https://eclipse-plugin.projects.dev2dev.bea.com/
According to that page it should allow you to fully manage and configure your weblogic instance from within eclipse.

In development it is very popular to use 'exploded' archives rather than compressed ones, as these do not need to be completely rebuilt while you are developing, so I would also look at deploying your application and its archives (ears, jars and wars) in exploded format.

KF
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ly_uwoAuthor Commented:
Yes, I am still using .ear files to run. How can I just use 'exploded' archives.  
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KnightFireCommented:
See the docs here:
http://e-docs.bea.com/wls/docs81/deployment/overview.html
About half way down the page.
Essentially, exploded archives are just directories with the same names and structure as an ear file would have.

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ly_uwoAuthor Commented:
So do you think I can do in this way:

Suppose originally I put my application: myapplication.ear in the folder of c:\bea\user_projects\domains\mydomain\applications\

Now I just extract the files out of the ear file, so that in the folder: c:\bea\user_projects\domains\mydomain\applications\

I have a directory named: myapplication.ear, and structure inside is exactly the same as ear file. I removed the ear file from this folder.

Then the project will still work exactly as before, right?
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KnightFireCommented:
Yes, it should work as before, and to re-deploy parts of the application, copy them in to the correct location in the directory and tell weblogic to redeploy the application.
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ly_uwoAuthor Commented:
Thanks. I  have tried, it looks good.
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