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From David Blevins <>
Subject Re: Dynamically deploying to an embedded OpenEJB server within an Eclipse RCP application
Date Wed, 11 Feb 2009 05:39:39 GMT
Hi Deryck,

This is a pretty amazing contribution.  I'd definitely like to see  
this go somewhere so other users could benefit.  I'm not much of an  
Eclipse guy, Cc'ing Jonathan who has done some great OpenEJB/Eclipse  
work to see if he has any thoughts on how to incorporate this into the  

Offhand I wonder how close this is to being a general OSGi solution  
non-specific to Eclipse.  Not at all a requirement as something is  
better than nothing, but interested in your thoughts.

Definitely a very exciting bit of code!  I suspect a lot of people  
will owe you a beer :)


On Feb 4, 2009, at 1:52 AM, Brown, Deryck wrote:

> Hi David and Donatas,
> I've been working some more on creating an OpenEJB plug-in that would
> allow applications held in other plug-ins to be deployed when their
> plug-in is activated.
> This is based on a single OpenEJB server plug-in that contains all of
> the OpenEJB libraries and some additional classes to activate and  
> manage
> the deployment of other applications.
> I've managed to get some examples working, and thought it would be  
> good
> to share my efforts with you so far.
> The attached Zip file contains three Eclipse projects, the server
> plug-in and a simple EchoServer stateless bean application and a  
> client.
> The server plug-in I've created allows for deployment when a plug-in
> registers a new OpenEjbApplication as a service. The OpenEJB server
> plug-in listens for service requests and automatically deploys and
> undeploys an application when the service starts and stops.
> The only problem with this approach is making sure the application
> plug-in is activated before the client tries to use it (e.g., by  
> making
> a context lookup). This is handled in the activation code of the  
> client
> by forcing the application plug-in to start.
> The code I've written allows additional application properties to be
> included as part of the normal Eclipse service creation. You can get  
> the
> OpenEJB server plug-in to load properties from files included in the
> application plug-in and any fragments (I use META-INF/ 
> in my EJB plug-in). Because of the Eclipse plug-in/fragment  
> arrangement,
> if you include a file with the same name in a fragment, its properties
> will override those found in the host plug-in. However, the order of
> fragment processing is undefined, and so you cannot reliably override
> properties between fragments.
> Also, the properties are processed using the Eclipse variables API to
> handle string substitution, so that, for example, a property can  
> include
> ${user.home} and get this expanded before it is passed to the OpenEJB
> server. I automatically add all System.getProperties() to the  
> variables
> available, as well as any properties added by the application.
> I need this overriding and substitution to allow my test fragment
> project to override the database URL of the main EJB plug-in to use a
> different test database, and to have the database location depend on  
> the
> user's home directory.
> To get the example working, you will need to create a folder in the
> openejb.server project that is a link to the OpenEJB 3.1 lib folder in
> the distribution. Also, make sure that all of the OpenEJB libraries  
> are
> included in the project build path and exported by the project.
> You are likely to have many more questions about this code than I've
> provided answers to in this short email, but I thought it was time  
> share
> where I have reached so far.
> Regards,
> Deryck
> -- 
> Dr Deryck F Brown
> Software Engineer
> Ziebel UK Ltd
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> Bridge of Don,
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