All, I have read several books (ie Head First Java & Head First Design Patterns) and most of the Sun �Learning the Java Language� tutorial. I�m pretty comfortable saying that I can make a Package of classes or a JAR and use it to produce results. I�ve done quite a bit of that over the last few weeks using the JDK and the compiler via command line.
Now, I�m ready to start something �Real�. My problem is that I can�t figure out how to get Eclipse to work with my file paths and publish files to the directories I choose. And the one time I did get it to work, it wouldn�t compile my Spring MVC controllers because it couldn�t resolve the Type �Controller� which is in the Spring library which I had in my /WEB-INF/lib folder.
The frustrating thing is that I have demo apps that were working fine and using the same directory structure for classes and the Spring JAR(s) but mine would not work.
I�m using Tomcat 5.0 and a 1.5 JRE. I would like to have my file structure in the Tomcat webapps folder to be /WEB-INF/classes, /WEB-INF/lib, WEB_INF/src, /WEB-INF/jsp.
I cant seem to get eclipse to manage my file creation, compilation and publication. It is putting stuff all over the place and I cant make sense of what it is doing.
Is there something I can read that will show me how to properly make a project in Eclipse that will put the compiled classes in the right directory and use the Spring library as I need it to.
In several cases I have seen people mention plugins for Tomcat but I don�t know where to start and which ones are better than others.
Any help is much appreciated.