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From "Benson Margulies" <bim2...@basistech.com>
Subject RE: Re[2]: JNDI DataSource GlobalResources problem
Date Thu, 28 Oct 2004 15:20:30 GMT
The standard make a series of provisions for the case in which there is
no 'pathname' corresponding to some resource in a web application. These
provisions were intended to support a model where a WAR file is never
exploded into a native file system. Conceptually, you can model this as
supporting unexploded WAR, but that's just a conceptual model. The
conspicuous practical case is Oracle, which unpacks the WAR into the
database.

However, I respecfully submit that all of this is beside your original
point.

I think that the important point is that the specifications only deal
with self-contained web applications, whether or not anyone ever
assembles one into a WAR file. Tomcat is not trying to be a full J2EE
container (c.f. jboss). The designers are willing to add functionality
to permit the use of the J2EE resource model, but they are very
protective of Tomcat's status as a relatively tight, lightweight device.


The META-INF/server.xml thing isn't, currently, a WAR feature. It's
narrower than that. It's restricted to a particular tool for deploying
from a WAR. This very narrow view is much more a reflection of the
desire to avoid feature bloat than any particular tilt to or from WAR
files.

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