1 Introduction and Roadmap

The following sections describe the contents and organization of this guide—Oracle Fusion Middleware Programming Resource Adapters for Oracle WebLogic Server.

Document Scope and Audience

This document is written for resource adapter users, deployers, and software developers who develop applications that include Java EE resource adapters to be deployed to WebLogic Server. This document also contains information that is useful for business analysts and system architects who are evaluating WebLogic Server or considering the use of WebLogic Server resource adapters for a particular application.

The topics in this document are relevant during the design and development phases of a software project. The document also includes topics that are useful in solving application problems that are discovered during test and pre-production phases of a project.

This document does not address production phase administration, monitoring, or performance tuning topics. For links to WebLogic Server documentation and resources for these topics, see Related Documentation.

It is assumed that the reader is familiar with Java EE and resource adapter concepts. The foundation document for resource adapter development is Java EE Connector Architecture Specification, Version 1.5 Final Release (referred to in this guide as the J2CA 1.5 Specification). See http://java.sun.com/j2ee/connector/. Resource adapter developers should become familiar with the J2CA 1.5 Specification. This document emphasizes the value-added features provided by WebLogic Server resource adapters and key information about how to use WebLogic Server features and facilities to get a resource adapter up and running.

Guide to This Document

Related Documentation

The foundation document for resource adapter development is Java EE Connector Architecture Specification, Version 1.5 Final Release (referred to in this guide as the "J2CA 1.5 Specification"). See http://java.sun.com/j2ee/connector/. This document assumes you are familiar with the J2CA 1.5 Specification and contains design and development information that is specific to developing WebLogic Server resource adapters.

For comprehensive guidelines for developing, deploying, and monitoring WebLogic Server applications, see the following documents:

Examples for the Resource Adapter Developer

In addition to this document, Oracle provides resource adapter examples for software developers. WebLogic Server optionally installs API code examples in WL_HOME\samples\server\examples\src\examples, where WL_HOME is the top-level directory of your WebLogic Server installation. You can start the examples server, and obtain information about the samples and how to run them from the WebLogic Server Start menu.

The resource adapter examples provided with this release of WebLogic Server are compliant with the J2CA 1.5 Specification. Oracle recommends that you examine, run, and understand these resource adapter examples before developing your own resource adapters.

New and Changed Features in This Release

For a comprehensive listing of the new WebLogic Server features introduced in this release, see Oracle Fusion Middleware What's New in Oracle WebLogic Server.