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From Glen Mazza <>
Subject (newbie) using JAR files vs. explicit package classes
Date Mon, 01 Jul 2002 13:29:56 GMT

I'm looking at how the example .WAR applications
supplied by Struts 1.1 Beta release are expanded by

Common/Shared packages, such as "struts.jar",
"commons-digester.jar", etc. are kept unexpanded in
the web-inf\lib directory.   However, classes specific
to the application were expanded into separate
directories:  e.g.,
MemoryUserDatabase.class, etc.

I'm trying to understand the reasons behind this
deployment convention--What are the benefits of
splitting out application-specific projects/classes
into separate directories and .class files when
deploying?  (i.e., Can't they be more cleanly stored
together in a JAR file like struts.jar, etc. is?)  


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