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Greetings everyone,

I am just beginning my first Java/Eclipse 3.4/Tomcat project and not finding much instructive documentation. Tomcat docs, for example, apparently say nothing about Eclipse.

I have now got Tomcat running under Eclipse, and created a new "Dynamic Web" project, and even a servlet through the Eclipse menu. But I now have no idea how to compile/deploy it. Where does an ant build script go? How is it invoked by ant? How should a build get deployed to Tomcat?

If anyone knows of a good tutorial on this, I'd appreciate a pointer.

Thanks,
Joe

 
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Joseph Arceneaux wrote:Tomcat docs, for example, apparently say nothing about Eclipse.


Why on earth would they? Look for IDE documentation with the IDE.

As this is about Eclipse, it's been moved to the IDEs forum.
 
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Um, they would do it in order to help people use their product? I recently did a Google Android project, and the start up documentation - including how to create, deploy and debug in Eclipse - is awesome. I didn't have to ask a single question to get my first application running.
 
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I was hoping that the Eclipse help would provide a nice web app tutorial (it has a decent Java SE app tutorial), but no such luck. I googled for such a tutorial and found the usual problems with the hits I got - almost every tutorial was hopelessly out of date. But I found one that was fairly recent: http://www.windofkeltia.com/j2ee/wtp-tutorial.html

Disclaimer: I haven't tried out the tutorial so don't know how good it is.
 
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Peter, thanks, that's a pretty good tutorial. It does not mention a build.xml file, however - is this perhaps unnecessary for web projects in Eclipse? Will it just build the thing properly?
 
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Joseph Arceneaux wrote:But I now have no idea how to compile/deploy it. Where does an ant build script go? How is it invoked by ant? How should a build get deployed to Tomcat?



Personally, I use Eclipse as an editor (a very powerful one, of course). I follow the Tomcat Developer's Guide on how to arrange, build and deploy my application. In other words, I don't use Eclipse to compile and deploy, I use Ant at the command line. This way my deployment process is the same for my development and production environments.
 
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