I have to move a development from j2se to an application server (jBoss in particular) and i'd appreciate some advice as to what would be the simplest way of doing it. (I am struggling to form a mental picture of the proccess ie. what fits into what.)
PS - How do I get rid of the fly/miggie on my screen?
The application populates a pdf form from a database. Now my boss wants to move the app onto a server so that our clients simply log onto the site, upload a template(pdf) and a csv and voila, we send them the populated forms. My boss wants to run this on jBoss because apparently it's quick and lite...
As you can see it's not so much that I need the extra services, I'm just trying to do what's required.
Sounds like the only service you require from the app server is its Web Container - in which case you probably should start with Tomcat. Tomcat is included with JBoss as a Web Container, or can be downloaded seperately. Tomcat will give you an authentication service (which you'll need to let users log in) and JBoss may be "lite" but it is a lot more complicated than is necessary for a simple web app.
Now I don't want to tell you how to design this, but you might consider:
JSP (or possibly Struts) GUI/view of the forms you need.
Servlets to handle the requests (or Actions dep on technology)
A Business Object to do the combination/PDF generation