Coherence Tooling: Configuring Projects for Coherence

This document describes the following:

1. Configuring Coherence Facet

Oracle Coherence provides replicated and distributed data management and caching services on top of a peer-to-peer clustering protocol. OEPE provides a project facet that allows you to configure your dynamic Web projects to use Coherence.

To configure your project for Coherence, follow this procedure:

  1. Either add the Coherence facet when you create a project, or add the facet to an existing project by right-clicking your project in the Project Explorer and selecting Properties from the drop-down menu. This opens the Properties dialog, as Figure 1 shows.

    Figure 1.
    Project Properties Dialog

  2. In the Properties dialog, select Project Facets on the left panel, and then select Oracle Coherence from the Project Facet list, as Figure 2 shows.

    Figure 2.
    Selecting Coherence in the Project Properties Dialog

    Click Further configuration required... link to open the Modify Faceted Project > Coherence dialog, as Figure 3 shows.

    Figure 3.
    Modify Faceted Project - Coherence Dialog

    If the Coherence library is listed as a user library, proceed as follows:
    • Select the Coherence library from the list.
    • Accept default settings.
    • Click OK.

    If you are using Oracle WebLogic Server 11gR1 (10.3.5) runtime in your project, Coherence might already be installed on your machine if you chose this option at the server install time . In this case, the Coherence Library in Fusion Middleware Install option is available in the Library > Type list.

    If the Coherence library is not listed, you need to either point to an existing installation, or download the library.

    To point to an already downloaded Oracle Coherence library, click the Manage User Library icon to open the Preferences > User Libraries dialog, and then select a Java user library in the form of the coherence.jar, which represents the entire library. Note that the Coherence JAR files reside in the \coherence\lib directory of the Oracle Coherence installation. Also note that the same dialog allows you to fine-tune your Coherence library configuration.

    To obtain the Coherence library, click Download Library icon. This will open the Download Library dialog, as Figure 3 shows. To use this dialog to download the Coherence library, make appropriate selections, and then click Next to accept the terms of the library license, after which click Finish to trigger the download.

    Figure 4.
    Download Library Dialog

  3. Click OK on the Modify Faceted Project > Coherence dialog.

  4. By clicking Apply > OK on the Properties dialog, you will complete the configuration of the Coherence library for your project, as Figure 5 shows.

    Figure 5.
    Coherence JAR in Project View

2. Editing Coherence Launch Configuration

You use the Coherence launch configuration editor to to set the most commonly used Coherence command line arguments.

You modify the Coherence launch configuration for your project configured with the Coherence facet as follows:

  • Right-click your project in the Project Explorer, and then select Run As > Run Configurations from the drop-down menu to open the Run Configurations dialog that Figure 6 shows.

    Figure 6.
    Run Configurations Dialog

  • Select Coherence Launch Configuration from the list. The right pane of the Run Configurations dialog will display instructions on how to use this dialog to configure Coherence launch settings. You follow these instructions by right-clicking the configuration node on the left pane and making an appropriate choice.

  • When a new configuration is created and selected, you can edit settings from the right pane as follows:

    • On the Main tab (see Figure 7), define your project and its main class. Note that the Project and Main class fields are populated with default values and cannot be left empty.

      Figure 7.
      Run Configurations Dialog - Main Tab

    • On the Coherence tab, define all the general, XML, and other system properties:

      • The General subtab that Figure 8 shows lets you define properties related to topology, logging, and network configurations.

        Figure 8.
        Run Configurations Dialog - Coherence Tab - General Subtab

      • The XML subtab that Figure 9 shows lets you set the management type (such as local or remote), as well as configure JMX RMI, HTTP, and the refresh options.

        Figure 9.
        Run Configurations Dialog - Coherence Tab - XML Subtab

      • The Other subtab that Figure 10 shows lets you set a variety of properties.

        Figure 10.
        Run Configurations Dialog - Coherence Tab - Other Subtab

      The Coherence launch configuration is populated with default settings from the tangosol-coherence.xml file in the coherence.jar file (see Figure 12) merged with the tangosol-coherence-override.xml file currently in the classpath, and, finally, with the VM arguments.

    • Complete the remaining tabs of the Run Configurations dialog.

    • Click Apply > Run on the Run Configurations dialog to complete the procedure. The Console view will display the Coherence run output, as Figure 11 shows.

      Figure 11.
      Console View

Figure 12.
Files Included in coherence.jar

The created Coherence XML files, such as coherence-cache-config.xml, pof-config.xml, and tangosol-coherence-override.xml, reside in your project's src directory.

3. Editing Coherence Operational Configuration

OEPE provides an editor that you can use to modify the generated tangosol-coherence-override.xml Oracle Coherence deployment descriptor.

To modify operational configuration elements defined in the tangosol-coherence-override.xml file, follow this procedure:

  • In the Project Explorer, right-click src/tangosol-coherence-override.xml, and select Open With > Coherence Override (see Figure 13) to open the Coherence Override editor.

    Figure 13.
    Opening the Operational Configuration Editor

  • In the editor, whose fields are populated with default settings (see Figure 14), select the following types of settings to modify:
    • Cluster
    • Logging
    • Configurable Cache Factory
    • Management
    • Security

    Figure 14.
    Operational Configuration Editor

For information on Oracle Coherence operational configuration deployment descriptors and their elements, see Operational Configuration Elements.

4. Editing Coherence Cache Configuration

OEPE provides an editor that you can use to modify the generated coherence-cache-config.xml Oracle Coherence deployment descriptor. To modify cache configuration elements defined in the coherence-cache-config.xml file, follow this procedure:

  • In the Project Explorer, right-click coherence-cache-config.xml, and select Open With > Coherence Cache Configuration (see Figure 15) to open the Coherence Cache Configuration editor.

    Coherence Cache Configuration
    Figure 15

  • In the Coherence Cache Configuration editor (Figure 16), you can select the following types of cache configuration elements to modify:
    • General
    • Cache Scheme Mappings
    • Caching Schemes

    Coherence Cache Config Editor

    Figure 16

  • Fore more information on Oracle Coherence cache configuration elements, see Oracle Coherence: Cache Configuration Elements.

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