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From David Blevins <>
Subject Re: AW: Using XDoclet to generate openejb-jar.xml
Date Fri, 24 Aug 2007 16:15:25 GMT

On Aug 24, 2007, at 7:57 AM, Ueberbach, Michael wrote:

> Hello,
> I followed the discussion about using XDoclet with great interest.  
> I have been using XDoclet for the last four years to generate EJB  
> applications and it has been very usefull all the time. But  
> meanwhile (since EJB 3) I think the situation has changed  
> dramatically. Most of what I have done with XDoclet (creating local  
> or remote interfaces, utility classes, homefinder classes, value  
> objects and so on) isn't neccessary anymore. There is also no more  
> need for generating any large deployment descriptor!
> After converting my old EJB 2 projects to EJB 3 there remain only  
> two artefacts that still have to be build: A very little  
> persistence.xml and a deployment plan for geronimo. What is  
> important for the last one is, that there are no cmp entries to be  
> made inside the openejb-jar.xml because this can all be done by  
> annotations inside the bean code. The only important entries made  
> in the deployment plan are some dependencies to special libs. So I  
> wonder what XDoclet really can do in this case?
> Probably it was the great success of XDoclet that lead to the  
> annotation concept of EJB 3 and in consequence made XDoclet less  
> usefull (only for this kind of code generation naturally).
> I'm interested to hear other opinions on this item.

I think you captured the spirit of the new EJB 3.0 annotations pretty  
well.  In fact, internally we read in all the annotations and use  
them to create or update your ejb-jar.xml (ala a nice jaxb tree) in  
memory which we then use to deploy your app.


> regards
> Michael
> Von: Jonathan Gallimore []
> Gesendet: Dienstag, 21. August 2007 15:39
> An:
> Betreff: Re: Using XDoclet to generate openejb-jar.xml
> Hi Erik,
> At the moment, I'm part way through getting our applications  
> working on Geronimo / Websphere-CE. We basically have two  
> applications - our core application which is used for building  
> publications, and another app that acts as a asset management  
> system, and integrates with our core app using JMS. The first one  
> of the two is now up and running on a Websphere-CE server, and  
> hasn't really taken much to get it working at all.
> Largely all I needed the J2G tool to do was create some new  
> deployment descriptors, which it did without any real problems. I  
> needed to add some EJB refs to my geronimo-web.xml, and I needed to  
> create a jms-resource-plan.xml myself. At first glance it didn't  
> appear to generate much in the way of <message-driven> elements and  
> I was a fair way through creating a patch to generate what I could  
> from ejb-jar.xml and then I realised there was some code to do it  
> from annotations in the source. By far and away the biggest problem  
> I encountered was with how our EARs were laid out. I think JBoss is  
> too forgiving with its classloader - we had a core.jar file inside  
> our EJB.jar and nothing in any jar manifests that specified any  
> kind of classpath. (I believe it was done in JBoss-IDE using this:  
> Tutorial.pdf as a guide). I needed to do quite a bit of work to get  
> it repackaged so that Websphere would be happy with it.
> I now need to do the same thing with the other app - I think this  
> will be more involved, we've used more JBoss specific classes in  
> places, so it'll hopefully be a good test of the J2G tool in terms  
> of its code conversion abilities. I'll let you know how I get on.
> Overall I thought J2G was great (although it took ages to get it to  
> build - it wasn't obvious that Maven was going nuts because I was  
> using JDK1.6 - I couldn't find a binary on the web - is it worth  
> adding a link from the cwiki pages?) The reason behind exploring  
> the XDoclet route, is rather than 'migrating' to Geronimo, we'd  
> like to add it to the app servers we can support. Going forward,  
> we'd like new beans we add etc to work on both without needing to  
> run J2G again, or editing two sets of files. But in terms of  
> getting the apps going ont Geronimo in the first place, J2G has  
> made the task much easier.
> I'd be more than happy to contribute to the J2G project if I can.
> Hope that's helpful.
> Regards
> Jon
> Erik B. Craig wrote:
>> Jon,
>> I am one of the developers that contributed to j2g most recently,  
>> and I am wondering if you had any specific comments on it, or  
>> thoughts on any areas that you thought could use some improvement?  
>> I've been hoping someone would, like yourself, use it in a real  
>> world scenario to really give it a solid test, as the best I've  
>> been able to do are 'mock' situations in testing. Any input you  
>> could give would be great, especially if it would be something you  
>> might be interested in helping out with a bit, as well. Oh, and  
>> another quick thing, did the version you played with incorporate  
>> eclipse ui plugins and annotations support yet, or no?
>> Thanks!
>> -- 
>> Erik B. Craig
>> On 8/14/07, Jonathan Gallimore <> wrote:
>> 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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