WebSphere Version 4 Application Development Handbook

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Published 17 September 2001

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ISBN-10: 0130092258
ISBN-13: 9780130092250
IBM Form #: SG24-6134-00
(596 pages)

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Authors: Ueli Wahli, Alex Matthews, Paula Coll Lapido, Jean-Pierre Norguet


This IBM Redbooks publication provides detailed information on how to develop Web applications for IBM WebSphere Application Server Version 4 using a variety of application development tools.

The target audience for this book includes team leaders and developers, who are setting up a new J2EE development project using WebSphere Application Server and related tools. It also includes developers with experience of earlier versions of the WebSphere products, who are looking to migrate to the Version 4 environment.

This book is split into four parts, starting with an introduction, which is followed by parts presenting topics relating to the high-level development activities of analysis and design, code, and unit test. A common theme running through all parts of the book is the use of tooling and automation to improve productivity and streamline the development process.

In Part 1 we introduce the WebSphere programming model, the application development tools, and the example application we use in our discussions.

In Part 2 we cover the analysis and design process, from requirements modeling through object modeling and code generation to the usage of frameworks.

In Part 3 we cover coding and building an application using the Java 2 Software Development Kit, WebSphere Studio Version 4, and VisualAge for Java Version 4. We touch on Software Configuration Management using Rational ClearCase and provide coding guidelines for WebSphere applications. We also cover coding using frameworks, such as Jakarta Struts and WebSphere Business Components.

In Part 4 we cover application testing from simple unit testing through application assembly and deployment to debugging and tracing. We also investigate how unit testing can be automated using JUnit.

In our examples we often refer to the PiggyBank application. This is a very simple J2EE application we created to help illustrate the use of the tools, concepts and principles we describe throughout the book.

Table of contents

Part 1. Introduction
Chapter 1. WebSphere programming model
Chapter 2. Tools overview
Chapter 3. About the PiggyBank application
Part 2. Analysis and design
Chapter 4. Overview of development activities
Chapter 5. Requirements modeling
Chapter 6. Modeling and code generation
Chapter 7. Designing with frameworks
Part 3. Coding the application
Chapter 8. Setting up a development environment
Chapter 9. Development using the Java 2 Software Development Kit
Chapter 10. Development using WebSphere Studio
Chapter 11. Development using VisualAge for Java
Chapter 12. Development with frameworks
Chapter 13. Guidelines for coding WebSphere applications
Chapter 14. Software Configuration Management
Part 4. Unit testing the application
Chapter 15. Assembling the application
Chapter 16. Deploying to the test environment
Chapter 17. Debugging the application
Chapter 18. Automating unit testing using JUnit
Part 5. Appendixes
Appendix A. Additional material

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