1 Introduction and Roadmap

This section describes the contents and organization of this guide—Developing Web Applications, Servlets, and JSPs for Oracle WebLogic Server.

Document Scope and Audience

This document is a resource for software developers who develop Web applications and components such as HTTP servlets and JavaServer Pages (JSPs) for deployment on WebLogic Server. This document is also a resource for Web application users and deployers. It also contains information that is useful for business analysts and system architects who are evaluating WebLogic Server or considering the use of WebLogic Server Web applications 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 Web application concepts. This document emphasizes the value-added features provided by WebLogic Server Web applications and key information about how to use WebLogic Server features and facilities to get a Web application up and running.

Guide To This Document

Related Documentation

This document contains Web application-specific design and development information.

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

Examples for the Web Application Developer

In addition to this document, Oracle provides examples for software developers within the context of the Avitek Medical Records Application (MedRec) sample, discussed in the next section.

Avitek Medical Records Application (MedRec)

MedRec is an end-to-end sample Java EE application shipped with WebLogic Server that simulates an independent, centralized medical record management system. The MedRec application provides a framework for patients, doctors, and administrators to manage patient data using a variety of different clients.

MedRec demonstrates WebLogic Server and Java EE features, and highlights Oracle-recommended best practices. MedRec is optionally installed with the WebLogic Server installation. You can start MedRec from the ORACLE_HOME\user_projects\domains\medrec directory, where ORACLE_HOME is the directory you specified as Oracle Home when you installed Oracle WebLogic Server. For more information, see "Sample Applications and Code Examples" in Understanding Oracle WebLogic Server.

Web Application Examples in the WebLogic Server Distribution

WebLogic Server optionally installs API code examples in the EXAMPLES_HOME\wl_server\examples\src\examples directory, where EXAMPLES_HOME represents the directory in which the WebLogic Server code examples are configured. For more information about the WebLogic Server code examples, see "Sample Applications and Code Examples" in Understanding Oracle WebLogic Server.

Oracle provides several Web application, servlet, and JSP examples with this release of WebLogic Server. Oracle recommends that you run these Web application examples before developing your own Web applications.

New and Changed Features In This Release

In this release, Oracle provides several new API samples that demonstrate the use of Java EE 6 features, such as JSF, CDI, and servlet 3.0. Access the samples as described in Web Application Examples in the WebLogic Server Distribution.

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