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From John Collins <jcoll...@cs.umn.edu>
Subject Re: Off-the-shelf Standalone App Framework?
Date Mon, 02 Apr 2007 15:27:13 GMT
walid joseph Gedeon wrote:
> Hello all,
>    I'm new to excalibur and co. and am still reading through the
> available documentation. However, having read through the main pages,
> I still have not found what I'm looking for... maybe someone on this
> list can point me in the right direction?
>    I'm looking for a relatively lightweight java application
> framework that supports COP, IoC, but also can run as a standalone
> application (i.e. with bootstrapping, start/stop scripts etc)
>    The part that is so far missing is the bootstrapping mechanism.
> Before I head out and write my own, I wanted to make sure I haven't
> skipped over some existing thing...
> Excalibur? Phoenix? Merlin? Keel? Metro? Spring? so many products that
> seem to want to do the same thing... almost.

We use Excalibur for the MinneTAC trading agent (see tac.cs.umn.edu). 
I've attached the "container" module that starts everything up, and you 
can of course download the source and see how the configuration files 
work. Our experience is that once you have figured out the container and 
how to write config files, Excalibur stays nicely in the background and 
Just Works. We are very pleased with it.


John Collins
University of Minnesota

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