Sun Appserver Plug-in Overview



High level features of the plugin:


  • Similar to J2EE DDAPI, but for sun-*.xml files + all implementations of the APIs for the various versions (example sun-cmp-mappings.xml API wraps 3 versions of impls for evolution of appserver versions)
  • DDProvider - Most of this class is now "deprecated", except getRootInterface method and relevant support methods


  • mostly provides descriptor editing
  • ddloaders package and subpackages - new multiview support
  • much of this is no longer used now that JSR 88 customizers are not shown, but some customizers are used in multiview and its popups
  • DConfigBean - is an interface that is part of JSR 88 and is currently supplied by the jar j2eeserver/j2eeapis/external/jsr88javax.jar
  • configbean package and subpackages for JSR 88 support
  • config package - JSR 88 stuff for server independent J2EE stuff (we copied it here when it was deleted from j2eeserver since plugin still needed it)
  • SunONEDeploymentConfiguration is still used and still in same location so as to keep cvs history (configbean/
  • DescriptorListener is new (so still used) and maybe some of the versioning files are still used
  • validation and subpackages - old ejb inline errors, these could be integrated into the new multiview given time

appsrv81 (GlassFish)

  • This is the main server plugin module for appservers pre-v3 (hk2 is for v3)
  • This module MUST be loadable by NetBeans at startup regardless of installation status of the appserver itself
  • This precludes including major support (e.g. Runtime tab) in this module, hence the existence of "appsrv"
  • This module must use appserver jars from an arbitrary install location, hence the existence of "appsrvbridge" & dynamically created classloader
  • it implements relevant j2eeserver APIs and deployment in the strictest sense, but the implementations therein often just delegate the elsewhere (e.g. ModuleCongurationImpl - creates and manages SunONEDeploymentConfiguration in suddui which handles many of them)
  • Descriptor editing must be independent of server version, installation and runtime status, is shared with webserver plugin, and exposes ddapi's to other NB modules, hence "sunddui/sunddapi" are separate from appsrv81


  • This is not a netbeans module project
  • It houses the code needed to call appserver jars
  • Provides necessary classloader to get to glassfish jars

appsrv (Common APIs)

  • interfaces
  • This was originally separated out with the intention of splitting appserv 8.1 and 9.0 support, but in the didn't need a special split for 9.0

Related module: j2eeserver (not part of plugin)

  • server independent JavaEE support
  • plugins must import
  • delegates to current/target server(s)

Hosted modules in serverplugins/sun dir (but not considered part of "plugin"):

  • webserver7 - separate plugins maintained by webserver team
  • avk - separate verifier plugin (Nitya/Sahoo)


Not logged in. Log in, Register

By use of this website, you agree to the NetBeans Policies and Terms of Use. © 2012, Oracle Corporation and/or its affiliates. Sponsored by Oracle logo