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From Donald Woods <>
Subject Re: [DISCUSS] enhance the assemble server portlet usability
Date Thu, 28 Aug 2008 21:22:15 GMT
Lin, any thoughts on how we can automate testing of these new 

I saw you just converted the minimal assemblies over to use the web 
profiles.  Should we create a testsuite to verify that all of the other 
platforms that we want to support (like Web + Axis2) can be generated 
during the builds?

Should we also deploy some of the Sample apps against each to verify the 
runtime works?


Lin Sun wrote:
> Hi,
> I'd like to enhance the assemble server portlet's usability.
> Currently it is hard to come up with a desired custom server assembly.
> For example, I want to create a custom server that provides similar
> function as tomcat.   To do this, I picked the boilerplate-minimal,
> tomcat and tomcat-deployer to build my custom server.  However, soon I
> found out that I am not able to deploy anything to the server, as I
> didn't select any plugins to enable command deployer or hot deployer
> or console deployer or gshell deployment.    So I went back to the
> assemble server portlet and I saw so many plugins related to
> deployment, by looking at the plugins under the Deployment category-
> org.apache.geronimo.framework/upgrade-cli/2.1.2/car
> org.apache.geronimo.framework/jsr88-cli/2.1.2/car
> org.apache.geronimo.framework/jsr88-deploymentfactory/2.1.2/car
> org.apache.geronimo.framework/offline-deployer/2.1.2/car
> org.apache.geronimo.framework/online-deployer/2.1.2/car
> org.apache.geronimo.configs/jsr88-ear-configurer/2.1.2/car
> org.apache.geronimo.configs/jsr88-jar-configurer/2.1.2/car
> org.apache.geronimo.configs/jsr88-rar-configurer/2.1.2/car
> org.apache.geronimo.configs/jsr88-war-configurer/2.1.2/car
> Which one do I pick?  I don't want to select any extra ones... I just
> want to enable command line deployer for war modules.  By poking
> around the pom.xml files, I think I only need to select
> org.apache.geronimo.framework/jsr88-cli/2.1.2/car in addition to
> boilerplate-minimal, tomcat and tomcat-deployer.
> To improve the usability, I suggest the following:
>>>From the assemble server portlet, a user can choose what type of
> customer assembly he/she wants to build:
> - Functional custom assembly
> - Application scope custom assembly
> - Advanced configuration
> Selecting "Function custom assembly" will lead to selection of key
> functions of the server, and we can use the category of plugins to
> associate functions and plugins.  Instead of displaying all the
> plugins, we group the plugins by their function(category) and display
> the function only.   I think it would be nice to see some explanation
> of each function.   For example:
> - Geronimo Core - plugins that provide the core service of the
> geronimo server...
> - Web Services - plugins that provides the web service stack of the
> geronimo server...
> - Deployment -  plugins that enables you to deploy apps onto the server...
> ...
> If desired, users have the option to see what plugins are associated
> with a function, such as Geronimo Core.   Also, if we want to provide
> detailed functions, we can update the category to be more accurate,
> such as Deployment: Offline Deployment, Deployment : Command Line
> Deployer, Deployment: Hot Deploy, etc.
> Selecting "Application scope custom assembly" will lead to selection
> of custom applications deployed to the server.  We can also warn our
> users that the custom server may not be able to deploy anything.
> Selecting "Advanced configuration" will lead to the current assemble
> server page that allows a user to select plugins from all the plugins
> in local server.   This assumes the user knows the plugins in local
> server well.
> For all options, we should always display the pre-selected
> boilerplate-minimal.
> Comments are welcome!  If there is no objection, I'll start working on this.
> Lin

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