Seeking your feedback on WebLogic Server installers for developers

Hi Everyone,

We normally use this blog to tell you about new things in WebLogic Server or to let you know about upcoming events. This time, I’d like to use this blog to get some feedback from you.

We are currently working on our next WebLogic Server release. Over the last couple of releases, we’ve focused a bit on developers: added Maven plug-ins, added support for Java EE 6 with all of its developer friendliness, and added a Zip download. We’ve gotten some feedback on the Zip download, and we’re considering making some changes to it, but before we do, we’d like to understand what is best from your point of view.

Here is the feedback we’ve received so far (from both internal and external sources):

  • Like the small size
  • Like the simplicity
  • Like the dev environment usage possibilities from the combination of Maven and the zip file
  • Don’t like the post-unzip process
  • Don’t like the fact that I can’t patch the installation using patch tools

We’ve looked at a couple of options, and I think it boils down to the following choices:

  Keep the current Zip Installer for Devs Provide a new Jar Installer for Devs
Size Small Small
File Format Zip Jar
Installation steps
  1. Unzip
  2. Run configuration script
  1. java -jar filename
Installation Processing sets up minimal installation artifacts sets up installation artifacts same as the zip + others needed for patching and compatibility with other Oracle products (inventories)
Resulting Capabilities
  • cannot be patched using normal tools/processes (add to classpath only)
  • cannot be used as the basis for JDeveloper or other Oracle development product installations
  • can be patched using normal tools/processes
  • can be used as the basis for JDeveloper or other Oracle development product installations
Summary
  • Keeps zip format
  • 2-step installation process
  • Limitations of installed bits
  • Well-known jar format
  • 1-step installation process
  • Few limitations of installed bits

If you could choose between these two, which would it be?

Please go to our survey to answer this question. (You can also post a comment on this blog.)

Thanks!

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