1 Introduction and Roadmap

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

This chapter includes the following sections:

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. See Sample Applications and Code Examples in Understanding Oracle WebLogic Server.

The sample application, MedRec (Spring) demonstrates Spring Framework application development practices.

Web Application Examples in the WebLogic Server Distribution

When you install WebLogic Server complete with the examples, the examples source code is placed in the ORACLE_HOME\wlserver\samples\server\examples\src\examples directory. From this directory, you can access the source code and instruction files for the examples without having to set up the samples domain.

The ORACLE_HOME\user_projects\domains\wl_server directory contains the WebLogic Server examples domain; it contains your applications and the XML configuration files that define how your applications and Oracle WebLogic Server will behave, as well as startup and environment scripts. 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

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