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JBoss 6: webapp reload, hot deployment, and development speedups

 
Karsten Wutzke
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Hello,

I've just switched to JBoss AS 6 and JBoss Tools to take advantage of hot deploys for XHTML files. For changes concerning classes and JARs it doesn't work (AFAIK) so the webapp has to be reloaded. This can be done in the admin console when going to "Web Application (WAR)s" and then click on the Restart button.

1. Is there some kind of URL to that command, so that I can set a bookmark in my browser?

2. Webapp reload in JBoss 6 still takes ~18 seconds on my localhost (Tomcat needs just ~5 sec), hot deploys on XHTML files give me a huge development speedup, but Java source files are still kind of slow because I use Hibernate, Seam, and some others which obviously slow down the initialization process. Is there anything you take for granted that you can recommend on how to speed up my development process? I feel I just spend too much time just sitting here to wait for my tools to finish which really kills my overall productivity.

Should I use Tomcat or JBoss for local development?

Recommendations appreciated.

Thanks
Karsten

PS: remote server selection is basically unrestricted
 
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