Assembling or packaging
Assembling or packaging is an activity in which you package code components into "modules" that comply with the J2EE specification. You define configurations for the modules, in the form of XML documents known as deployment descriptors. WAS provides easy to use assembly tools that comply with and extend the standards prescribed by the J2EE specification.
See "Assembling applications with the Assembly Toolkit."
Enterprise archive (EAR) files are comprised of the following archives...
- Enterprise bean (JAR) files (known as EJB modules)
- Web archive (WAR) files (known as Web modules)
- Application client (JAR) files (known as Application clients)
- Resource adapter archive (RAR) files (known as resource adapter modules)
- Additional JAR files containing dependent classes or other components required by the application
The standard file extension of an enterprise application file is .ear.
For a discussion of archives and Web components supported by the Assembly Toolkit, see "Archive support in V5."