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Tomcat 7 vs. ehCache Standalone Server (Glassfish) Configuration with RESTful Web Services

 
James Dekker
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My requirements consist of using ehCache to send and store data via RESTful web service calls. The data can be stored in-memory or via the filesystem...

Never used ehCache before so I am having some issues deciding on which bundle to use.

Have downloaded the following bundles:

* ehcache-2.6.2

* ehcache-standalone-server-1.0.0

(1) What is the difference between the two?

It seems the ehcache-2.6.2 contains src and binaries, which essentially enables one to bundle it with their webapps (by putting the compiled jar or binaries inside the webapp's WEB-INF/lib folder). But it doesn't seem that it has support for Restful web services.

Whereas, ehcache-standalone-server-1.0.0 (comes with an embedded Glassfish server and has support for REST & SOAP) can be used to run as a standalone server. If I my answers to my own question are correct, then that means, I should just use the standalone server?

(2) My requirements are to setup ehCache (with REST support) on Tomcat 7. So, how could I setup ehCache on Tomcat 7 as a separate app with REST & SOAP support?
 
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I got the 2 Question fixed by myself...

To integrate with Tomcat, you need to do the following steps:

1. To setup tomcat there's some additional things that need to be done:

2. Download ehcache-server-1.0.0 from (not from ehcache.org/downloads - that file is broken):

http://sourceforge.net/projects/ehcache/files/ehcache-server

3. Untar the zip file and rename it to ehcache.war

4. Unzip the ehcache.war file and download the slf4j-simple-1.5.8.jar (this contains the impl - which is required and missing from the war file) and place it inside:

ehcache/WEB-INF/lib/

5. Move the ehcache dir under $CATALINA_HOME/webapps

6. Run tomcat

7. Use one of the example REST calls to test ehcache, here's the URL for the scripts:

http://ehcache.org/documentation/2.5/modules/cache-server
 
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