The following development tools are provided with the Application Server or downloadable from Sun:
The following third-party tools might also be useful:
The asadmin command allows you to configure a local or remote server and perform both administrative and development tasks at the command line. For general information about asadmin, see the Sun Java System Application Server Platform Edition 8.2 Reference Manual.
The asadmin command is located in the install-dir/bin directory. Type asadmin help for a list of subcommands.
The Administration Console lets you configure the server and perform both administrative and development tasks using a web browser. For general information about the Administration Console, see the Sun Java System Application Server Platform Edition 8.2 Administration Guide.
To access the Administration Console, type http://host:4848 in your browser. The host is the name of the machine on which the Application Server is running.
The NetBeansTM IDE (integrated development environment) allows you to create, assemble, and debug code from a single, easy-to-use interface. The Platform Edition of the Application Server is bundled with the NetBeans 5 IDE. For more information about using the NetBeans IDE, see http://www.netbeans.org.
Apache Ant 1.6.5 is provided with the Application Server and can be launched from the bin directory using the command asant. The Application Server also provides server-specific tasks for deployment; see asant Assembly and Deployment Tool. The sample applications provided with the Application Server use Ant build.xml files; see Sample Applications.
For more information about Ant, see the Apache Software Foundation web site at http://ant.apache.org/.
You can use the deploytool, provided with Application Server, to assemble J2EE applications and modules, configure deployment parameters, perform simple static checks, and deploy the final result. For more information about using the deploytool, see the J2EE 1.4 Tutorial at http://java.sun.com/j2ee/1.4/docs/tutorial/doc/index.html.
The verifier tool checks a J2EE application file (EAR, JAR, WAR, RAR), including Java classes and deployment descriptors, for compliance with J2EE specifications. Use it to check whether an application has obvious bugs and to make applications portable across application servers. The verifier can be launched from the deploytool or from the command line. For more information, see The Deployment Descriptor Verifier.
The Migration Tool reassembles J2EE applications and modules developed on other application servers. For more information and to download the Migration Tool, see http://java.sun.com/j2ee/tools/migration/index.html.
For additional information on migration, see the Sun Java System Application Server Platform Edition 8.2 Upgrade and Migration Guide.
You can use several debuggers with the Application Server. For more information, see Chapter 4, Debugging Applications.
You can use several profilers with the Application Server. For more information, see Profiling.