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Sharing a library across multiple Java EE applications

Libraries can be shared across multiple Java™ EE applications. All the applications can use the same classes at run time, or each application can use its own separate copy of those classes loaded from the same location. In the following example, a library called Haarlem consists of two files:

An application called Painter and an application called Student are running on a server called Academy, and both need access to this library.

  1. Create a lib/Haarlem directory in the servers/Academy directory under the ${WLP_USER_DIR} directory.

    For example: wlp/usr/servers/Academy/lib/Haarlem.

  2. Copy the haarlem-painting.jar and commons-lang.jar files into the new folder.

  3. Configure class loading for the application, so the Haarlem library is loaded.

    In server.xml, or an included file, define the library by adding the following code:

    The <library> element can also take a filesetRef attribute with a comma-separated list of < fileset> element IDs.

  4. Reference the library from the applications, so that both these applications share a single copy of the library.

    In server.xml, or an included file, add the following code:

    <application id="painter" name="Painter" type="ear" location="painter.ear">   < classloader commonLibraryRef="Haarlem" /> </application> 
    <application id="student" name="Student" type="ear" location="student.ear">   < classloader commonLibraryRef="Haarlem" /> </application>

    The <commonLibraryRef> element can take a comma-separated list of library IDs.

  5. Optional: Configure another application to have its own set of classes loaded from the same JAR files.

    For example, if another application called Spy needs its own copy of the classes, the same physical files on disk can be used. In server.xml, or an included file, add the following code:

    The <privateLibraryRef> element can take a comma-separated list of library IDs.


Parent topic: Configure class loaders and libraries for Java EE applications


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