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From David Jencks <>
Subject Re: Deploying Spring applications in Geronimo - State of the nation
Date Wed, 29 Oct 2008 16:46:04 GMT

On Oct 29, 2008, at 5:03 AM, huntc wrote:

> Hi there,
> I am now at the stage where I would like to deploy my Apache Camel/ 
> Spring
> based application and I am also excited at the prospect of using  
> Geronimo.
> The application presently manifests itself as a JAR file with a main  
> entry
> point passing control to a spring application context.
> I am finding it very difficult to understand what the status of  
> being able
> to deploy Spring based applications in Geronimo is. It appears that  
> this
> cannot be done unless you roll your own GBean. Is this the case?

That's correct.
It would be pretty easy to write a generic spring application gbean  
but AFAIK no one has done it.  In fact we could write a spring  
deployer that recognized spring apps and set up the gbean for you.

My assumption in the past has been that usually you'll want to do a  
little extra work to connect your spring app to the geronimo  
environment and so I haven't pursued this.  Two examples of spring  
apps are the directory and james plugins (


I'd advise following the model of these plugins and having (using  
- a java project for the gbean
- a plugin project that builds a geronimo plugin that contains the  
gbean and pulls in all your dependencies
- a custom server project that assembles a server including your  
plugin and whatever else you want for testing.

david jencks
> If someone could reply with the state of the nation on being able to  
> deploy
> Spring applications then that would be very useful.
> I look forward to being able to use Geronimo. Thank you for your time.
> Kind regards,
> Christopher
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