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From Nicola Ken Barozzi <>
Subject Re: Best way to start developing an application based on C2.1
Date Wed, 24 Jul 2002 09:42:01 GMT

Michael Homeijer wrote:
> Hi,
> Can anybody give me some pointers on what is currently the best way to start
> developing a new Cocoon application based on Cocoon 2.1 from CVS?
> I plan to start to develop my application as an application that is easily
> mounted in new versions of Cocoon (like the new samples).


> Should I be developing in a deployed Cocoon instance?

? From a working Cocoon. Yes.

> In the new structure,
> is it possible to place the altered Cocoon directory structure from
> development back into the Cocoon download and build a new war file?

Work on a running Cocoon, don't redeploywars all the time.

> Were/how
> do people develop the jars containing their own generators, classes etc?

As with any Java classes. Some use javac, others JBuilder, others Eclipse...

Just a tip: if you install Cocoon jars in the WEB-INF/lib, you can add 
your classes in WEB-INF/classes, and just restart Tomcat to use the new 
classes. I do it also when developing Cocoon itself, since classes come 
before of the libs in the classpath. ;-)

> Is
> there a paper anywhere that describes a standard development process and
> environment using Cocoon?
> I read about Chello, but I'd like to use the latest Cocoon version because I
> need the XMLForms stuff. 


>Even when Cocoon Blocks are supported, Cocoon needs
> integrated support for a good development/build mechanism for new web
> applications (or is it allready?).

There is one in the works IIRC, in Eclipse.
See the mailing list archives for a link.

Nicola Ken Barozzi         
             - verba volant, scripta manent -
    (discussions get forgotten, just code remains)

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