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From Jonathan Gallimore <>
Subject Re: Using XDoclet to generate openejb-jar.xml
Date Wed, 15 Aug 2007 08:17:44 GMT
Jason, Bill, Mark,

Many thanks for your responses. I'm currently doing a build of the 
latest code, and will have a look the deployment generator interface 
today. At first glance I don't really think its quite what I'm after, 
I'm really hoping for something that can generate these files for me 
during my build process without any intervention. If possible I'd also 
quite like to be able the same app on both JBoss and Geronimo and 
generate all the deployment descriptors for both at build time.

It sounds from your reply, Mark, that what I've done on my XDoclet 
plugin might be quite helpful. I'm quite happy to develop it further if 
people find it useful. Presumably its ok if add this to JIRA and assign 
it to myself and continue working on it?



Mark Aufdencamp wrote:
> Jonathan,
> I have run into this issue as well.  Please see my posts from the
> Spring.   My research revealed that the OpenEJB XDoclet implementation
> was indeed for version 1.0 of OpenEJB.  I did not find a release for
> version 2.0 of OpenEJB.
> Not having the openejb-jar.xml mappings generated from the source did
> make managing my Entity Beans a little harrier.  I was able to generate
> the ejb-jar.xml from the XDoclet annotations, but had to hand develop
> the openejb-jar.xml from scratch.  It worked, but I'd love to be able to
> plug-in an XDoclet module and have the base openejb-jar.xml generated. 
> It whould serve as an initial source for a deployment tool utilized by a
> Server Administrator.  That enables clear seperation of developer and
> administrator duties, while offering codebase stability and deployment
> flexibility.
> Mark Aufdencamp
>> -------- Original Message --------
>> Subject: Using XDoclet to generate openejb-jar.xml
>> From: Jonathan Gallimore <>
>> Date: Tue, August 14, 2007 7:28 am
>> To:
>> Hi All,
>> Apologies if this has been asked before, but I was wondering whether 
>> anyone uses XDoclet to generate their openejb-jar.xml deployment 
>> descriptors?
>> Currently we're developing for JBoss 4, and are part way through getting 
>> our app to deploy on the community edition of Websphere. The J2G 
>> migration tool has done an excellent job of migrating our deployment 
>> descriptors, but going forward I'd still like to add all the necessary 
>> XML stuff for new EJBs using XDoclet rather than hand editing the 
>> openejb-jar.xml. Having hunted around it looks like the openejb task 
>> that comes with XDoclet is for a much older version, and only handles 
>> session beans.
>> I've started work on an xdoclet plugin that generates a basic 
>> openejb-jar.xml for me, and I was just wondering whether I had missed an 
>> existing tool/plugin and was just duplicating work (obviously if I 
>> haven't and this is a useful piece of work, I'd be happy to continue and 
>> share it).
>> I'd appreciate any thoughts anyone has.
>> Regards,
>> Jon

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