If applications are not packaged with a tool such as NetBeans IDE, you can use the asant utility shipped with the product. The asant utility is used to automate repetitive deployment tasks. It is a shell script that initializes the Application Server environment and launches the Jakarta Ant tool. For more information on the asant utility, see the Sun Java System Application Server Platform Edition 8.2 Reference Manual.
The Hello application deployed earlier was already packaged into a WAR file. This section covers packaging the application's components into another WAR file. The build.xml file included with the Hello application contains the build targets.