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From "Johnny Kewl" <>
Subject Tomcat Netbeans Project... WildCat
Date Sat, 26 May 2007 23:01:36 GMT
Everyone probably knows by now that I think Tomcat is pure magic.
I been trying to find a way to bridge the gap between the super keen user and the developer.
One can become and expert user, and still find those guru's in the dev list intimidating.
It probably isnt as big a deal for the linux user... linux itself is a development tool, but
to the windows user, getting from expert user to someone that can find their way around the
code is not so easy.

So what I've been up to is converting (as little as possible) Tomcat to a pure Netbeans project.
I call it Wild Cat... because it should never be confused with the professional Tomcat.
Its turning out to be a magic play zone and an excellent way to get to know the code.

This is where I'm at....
+ One can dump the src into a Netbeans project, click compile and you have a working Tomcat.
+ That means one can run it in debug, and watch it working from the inside.
+ Its tomcat 6.0.13... but is wears a Tomcat 5.5 mask... the reason I did that is so that
to netbeans (remember netbeans is a servlet dev environment)... is so that if you tell Netbeans
that the DIST folder or BUILD folder of WildCat is a Tomcat 5.5 server... it thinks it is,
and Tomcat (Wildcat) works just the same from inside netbeans, and from the servlet dev env.
+ So... you can run your servlets against the Tomcat source... now that is cool. I havent
had a chance to test it yet, but where I'm trying to get to is the ability to debug from servlet
straight  into Tomcat source.
+ Can also start and stop it from the Bin scripts... and one can also just double click on
WildCat, and you get a GUI... and you can control it from their... the GUI also has a teminal
window so you can watch the Tomcat messages.
+ Its not meant to be a slick package like tomcat... its a huge jar with 2 libs... but its
a magic way to watch Tomcat working.

.... Thats as far as I've got... but I need a little help before sticking the source on a
site for everyone to play with. I develop on windows... and I'm looking for a linux person
that is super keen on Tomcat and also runs Netbeans. Someone that wants to play with Tomcats
source and that will pick up linux problems... like scripts and I may have used a \ somewhere
in the code.

Thanks... I'll stick it on a site as soon as I  got it all tested.


Johnny Kewl 
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