1 Introduction and Roadmap

The following sections describe the contents and organization of this guide— Deploying Applications with the WebLogic Deployment API:

Document Scope and Audience

This document is a resource for:

  • Software developers who want to understand the WebLogic Deployment API. This API adheres to the specifications described in the Java EE Deployment API standard (JSR-88, see http://jcp.org/en/jsr/detail?id=88) and extends the interfaces provided by that standard.

  • Developers and Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) who want to perform deployment operations programmatically for WebLogic Server applications.

  • System architects who are evaluating WebLogic Server or considering the use of the WebLogic Deployment API.

  • Design, development, test, and pre-production phases of a software project. It does not directly address production phase administration, monitoring, or tuning application performance with the WebLogic Deployment API. The deployment API includes utilities to make software updates during production but it mirrors the functionality of the deployment tools already available.

This guide emphasizes:

  • Value-added features of the WebLogic Deployment API.

  • How to manage application deployment using the WebLogic Deployment API.

It is assumed that the reader is familiar with Java EE concepts, the Java EE Deployment API standard (JSR-88) at http://www.jcp.org/en/jsr/detail?id=088, the Java programming language, Enterprise Java Beans (EJBs), and Web technologies.

Guide to This Document

Related Documentation

For additional information about deploying applications and modules to WebLogic Server, see these documents:

New and Changed Features in This Release

This document contains the following updates to describe the new deployment features introduced in this release of WebLogic Server:

  • Staging deployment plans—An application's deployment plan can be staged independently of the application archive, allowing you to stage a deployment plan when the application is not staged. See "Deployment Plan Staging Modes".

  • JMX API for Deployment Operations—The Java Management Extensions (JMX) API for deployment operations supports all of the common functionality available in the Java EE Deployment API specification (JSR-88). You can use the JMX API as an alternative to JSR-88 to perform deployment tasks on specific target servers. See "The JMX API for Deployment Operations".

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