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Possible to use WS without WSAD?

George Mitkal

Joined: Jan 18, 2006
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I searched through past messages, but couldn't find a good answer to the current state of affairs on this.

Do I *have* to use WSAD in order to build and deploy a J2EE application (i.e. with wars and ejb-jars in it)? Is it workable to just create all the necessary IBM-specific descriptor information by hand, zip it all up, and deploy the result? It seems like it it should work, but I haven't had much luck finding any documentation that explains the IBM deployment information, except for a bizillion docs on using WSAD.
Jeanne Boyarsky
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Yes, it is possible to use WAS (websphere application server) without WSAD. You can use any IDE, Ant or a manual process to create your EAR. (Completely by hand is a lot of work though.)

Just use the standard EAR structure and nothing IBM specific. Then deploy the EAR throught the admin console and use the admin console to set anything IBM specific that you need.

If you could find the ibm dtd's you could put that in XML too. I'm not sure if they are published, but you can set everything through the admin console or jacl/wsadmin.

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sander hautvast
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you can also use AST (Application Server Toolkit) (ships with websphere)
it's Eclipse, with plugins for easier editing of ibm descriptors like extensions and bindings.
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