wlstonweb - An Innovative Tool for WebLogic Scripting

Antonio De Juan from Oracle Support introduced me to a very innovative web application he built and put on www.samplecode.oracle.com called wlstonweb.  This cool web application has 2 primary features.

1) Interactive WLST Sessions via a web browser

2) WLST Script Management via a web browser

The interactive WLST session via a web interface is surprisingly almost equivalent to using WLST from a shell because it leverages AJAX and JQuery Prototype.  The obvious benefit is, you can do everything that WLST exposes all from a web interface, which means that if you're on a mobile device, using someone else's computer, traveling, etc you have a lot of Administrative and Operation capabilities available even though you may not have a terminal handy.

The WLST Script management features allows you to organize your WLST scripts on the file system in a catalog as well as create, edit, and run the scripts directly from the web interface.  This is a great way to share WLST scripts that are used often among different parts of an organization and build up a catalog of scripts.

I created a brief recording showcasing wlstonweb. I encourage you to watch it in 720p so the recording isn't blurry.  Check it out and contact Antonio via the samplecode site if you have comments or suggestions.  The sampelcode UI can be difficult to navigate for new users, so go to the wlstonweb project home page -> File Releases -> war file -> prototype -> wlstonweb.war to download it . Nice work Antonio!

Comments:

Great Idea!
Any plans on including this in future releases of WLS?

Posted by Jonathan Loyola on July 23, 2011 at 07:03 AM PDT #

Jonathan, at this point it's a samplecode project done by someone outside the product team and not on the product roadmap. We'd definitely like to hear feedback from WLS users on whether something like this would be a desirable feature. Be sure to send feedback to WebLogic Server Product Management if you have some. Cheers, James

Posted by james.bayer on July 23, 2011 at 03:16 PM PDT #

Very interesting utility - might be handy on development servers. Thanks for highlighting it and recording the video.

Posted by Simon Haslam on July 25, 2011 at 01:13 AM PDT #

Hey, this is great stuff!
Does this also do some sort of auto completion?
I'd love to see some functionality that helps me to not have to always remember or lookup all WLST commands and parameters

Posted by Stefan Gensewich on July 25, 2011 at 07:23 AM PDT #

Stephan, no this does not currently do WLST autocompletion/type-ahead like the Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse WLST Editor does. See Markus Eisele's blog for a nice summary of the OEPE tooling:
http://blog.eisele.net/2010/07/getting-started-with-wlst-and-oracle.html

This might be a good suggestion for Antonio to consider.

Cheers, James

Posted by james.bayer on July 25, 2011 at 08:38 AM PDT #

For command-line editing, see http://technology.amis.nl/blog/12848/weblogic-scripting-tool-command-line-editing.

kind regards

Michel

Posted by Michel Schildmeijer on July 27, 2011 at 06:34 PM PDT #

Thanks for the advice Michael, this could be a very useful library to add to wlstonweb (it already has "up arrow" to view the command history ,I have not finished it yet completely :D ), thanks a lot I'll review it.

regard,

Antonio

Posted by Antonio De Juan on July 28, 2011 at 03:54 AM PDT #

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