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From Joe Bohn <>
Subject Re: [jira] Updated: (GERONIMO-1152) Connector portlet does not display all WebConnectors
Date Mon, 14 Nov 2005 12:26:33 GMT

Ah ... that's the heart of the issue.  Based upon the current console 
capability, it has primary been a J2EE application server console. From 
what I can tell that's primarily been Geronimo's focus as well. All of 
the J2EE application servers I've seen have one web container to manage 
and host all of the web applications, one ejb container, etc...   and I 
think this is what the user will expect if we call ourselves a J2EE 
application server.  This may or may not be in line with what we want 
... but in my opinion (at least for the console) this is the current 
state of affairs and what I think our users will expect.

On the other hand, if this console is to be a general purpose Geronimo 
(ie. G-Bean management) console then I think the organization and the 
functionality would be very different.  We would want the console to 
focus on the management of GBeans (no matter what they contained).  We 
could build a special configuration or set of configurations to be used 
as an J2EE Application Server with it's own console (in addition to the 
Geronimo console). Or, we could make the Geronimo console general 
purpose enough such that it could be easily extended with management 
capability for any hosted component.  If that's the case we might have a 
"Tomcat Application view" and a "Jetty Application view" rather than 
simply an "Application view".  We would also ensure that the console 
could not only host multiple web containers, but also multiple EJB 
containers, portlet containers, databases, etc...  There would be no 
structure or limit on the types and variety of components.

I may be speaking heresy here ... but I'm just struggling myself with 
understanding what we are trying to build and how the console can best 
provide management assistance for the end user of Geronimo.

I'm ready for the flaming arrows now and to have my head shaped 
appropriately .... that will be for the good as well.  :-)  I want to be 
on the same page with everybody else but I'm not sure what that page is.


Vamsavardhana Reddy wrote:
> Is the console managing Gernonimo or Jetty?  I am under the impression 
> that it is managing Geronimo as such and not any web container.  Correct 
> me if I am wrong.
> I do not know if it this Connector portlet improvement is ahead of its 
> time.  I came across some "//todo: handle multiple" comments (against 
> WebManagers and WebContiners within) in Connector portlet and went ahead 
> to address those.  If the console is for Geronimo, then this improvement 
> is definitely not ahead of its time.
> -Vamsi
> On 11/11/05, *Joe Bohn* < 
> <>> wrote:
>     Is this patch adding the ability to add/display tomcat web connectors
>     from a Web Console that is managing Jetty?  If so, then I'm not sure we
>     want to add this capability just yet.  The entire console needs to be
>     reworked if we decide to support multiple containers simultaneously from
>     a single console.
>     We will probably want this at some point in time so we should not lose
>     it.  But I'm concerned that adding it now might just cause confusion
>     for
>     the user.  It would be one of the only portlets addressing management of
>       more than one container.  Most other portlets that work with the web
>     container only interact with the container that is hosting the console
>     application itself.
>     Also, nobody has come up with a scenario where a user would want to run
>     two web containers.  If we do include this then we should at least
>     ensure that the option to add tomcat connectors is not present for a
>     jetty only configuration and vice-versa (not sure if the patch does
>     this).
>     Nice work but it might be a little ahead of its time.
>     Joe
>     Vamsavardhana Reddy (JIRA) wrote:
>      >      [ ]
>      >
>      > Vamsavardhana Reddy updated GERONIMO-1152:
>      > ------------------------------------------
>      >
>      >     Attachment: connector-moreformbuttons.patch
>      >
>      > connector-moreformbuttons.patch:  As suggested by Matt, I have
>     added "Reset", "Clear" and "Cancel" buttons to the forms for editing
>     HTTP and HTTPS configurations.
>      >
>      >
>      >>Connector portlet does not display all WebConnectors
>      >>----------------------------------------------------
>      >>
>      >>         Key: GERONIMO-1152
>      >>         URL:
>      >>     Project: Geronimo
>      >>        Type: Bug
>      >>  Components: console
>      >>    Versions: 1.0-M5
>      >> Environment: Win XP, Sun JDK 1.4.2_08
>      >>    Reporter: Vamsavardhana Reddy
>      >> Attachments: connector-moreformbuttons.patch,
>     connector-withdeleteconfirmation.patch , connector.patch
>      >>
>      >>Under WebServer management page, Connector portlet displays only
>     jetty web connectors and provides links to add only jetty
>     connectors.  It does not display tomcat web connectors nor does it
>     provide links to add tomcat connectors.
>      >
>      >
>     --
>     Joe Bohn
> <>
>     "He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot
>     lose."   -- Jim Elliot

Joe Bohn

"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot 
lose."   -- Jim Elliot

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