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Subject svn commit: r1242161 - in /ace/site/trunk/content/user-doc: getting-started.mdtext introduction.mdtext
Date Wed, 08 Feb 2012 22:52:06 GMT
Author: marrs
Date: Wed Feb  8 22:52:06 2012
New Revision: 1242161

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+Title: Getting Started
+This guide shows the core functionality of ACE, organizing bundles and other artifacts into
logical features and distributions and associating those with specific targets, all done using
a convenient web interface.
+Using Apache ACE
+The following steps can be followed to get started:
+1. First we need to actually checkout and [build ACE|Maven Build]. Follow the link to get
more information on how to do that.
+1. Once ACE is built, we can start the server with integrated Web UI. Go to {{ace-target-devserver/target/*-distribution/ace-devserver}}.
Start it using the `` or `run.bat` file.
+1. Now the server is started, let's connect to it. Launch a browser and point it to: http://localhost:8080/ace/
You should now be greeted with a login prompt. Log in with user "d" password "f" and you should
see a view with 4 empty columns and some buttons at the top of the screen.
+1. Click on 'Retrieve' to get the initial version of the repository. It will look as if nothing's
happened, but you have now in fact retrieved the first, empty version of the repository and
can start manipulating it. Once you're happy with it, you can commit it back (which we'll
do a bit later).
+1. Upload some sample bundles into the artifacts column by first clicking the 'Add Artifact...'
button. In the dialog that appears, you can upload a bundle using the 'Upload' button in the
middle of the window. You can perform this step multiple times if you want to upload more
than one bundle. Finally, hit the 'Add' button to add all uploaded artifacts to ACE.
+1. Create a feature by clicking on the 'Add Feature...' button. Features are the first level
of logical grouping for artifacts.
+1. Create a distribution by clicking on the 'Add Distribution...' button. Distributions are
another level of logical grouping: you group features into distributions.
+1. Drag an artifact onto a feature to create an association between the two. By repeating
this process you can associate all relevant artifacts to features.
+1. Drag a feature onto a distribution and again repeat this process until you've associated
all your features with their relevant distributions.
+1. Now we need a target to actually deploy our artifacts to. To start a target, go to `ace-launcher/target`
and start it using `java -jar org.apache.ace.launcher*.jar`.
+1. After a few seconds, the target should show up in the Web UI. To associate it with a distribution,
drag that distribution onto the target.
+1. Click on 'Store' to actually store changes on the server, which should trigger the actual
deployment of the artifacts to the target.
+You can hook up a standard remote debugger to either target. To do that, edit the
(or run.bat) script and include the following extra parameter for Pax Runner:
+`--vmOptions="-Xdebug -Xrunjdwp:transport=dt_socket,address=8000,server=y,suspend=y"`
+Now run the target, and start the debugger of your favorite IDE.
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+Title: Introduction
+Since its birth in 1999, OSGi has steadily been gaining popularity as the component model
of choice for Java. Originally designed as a framework for home gateways and other embedded
systems, it has since moved on to desktop and enterprise systems and embraced by major software
+OSGi allows you to build your systems out of well defined, reusable components, which brings
both exciting new benefits as well as a set of challenges. One of these is the actual management
of components, deployed on different target systems.
+Traditional, monolithic systems usually have fairly straightforward and linear release schedules.
It is quite common for most target systems to have the same version and configuration of such
a system.
+Component based systems can easily be customized on a per target case, meaning there might
be many different configurations out there. When components are developed over time, they
might be released individually and a lot more often than these traditional systems.
+Keeping track of what is installed where becomes quite a challenge if the number of components
and targets grows, and this is where Apache ACE comes in.
+Apache ACE is a software distribution framework. It is written as a set of OSGi components
and consists of three major subsystems:
+1. dependency management, which handles the complexity of managing the dependencies between
component, aggregating them into groups and licenses and associating those to targets
+2. deployment management, which ensures that the right components get installed onto the
right targets in a robust and scalable way
+3. feedback management, which collects life cycle feedback on the target and aggregates that
on a central server
+A typical topology consists of:
+* a server, holding the components and their metadata
+* multiple target systems, which all connect to the server
+* a client, usually a web browser, on which the user interacts with the server
+The Apache ACE software, which consists of a set of OSGi bundles, gets deployed on a server.
A target can be any OSGi framework (Apache Felix, Equinox or Knopflerfish) with the Apache
ACE management agent installed. This agent will connect to the server, identify itself and
poll for updates.
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