Improved Server Registration UI

I recently redid the server instance registration wizard for the Sun Java System Application Server in NetBeans 5. Lots of folks told me it was lousy (in the 4.1 release) and I agreed. The old UI provided the same features as the new UI, but it did it using about one screen.

The new UI makes all of the features available, but has a number of different screens. We did a fair bit of work to make sure that the 90% use-case [a user wants to register a default instance from the installation directory's domains] could be a single screen process.

One other change that we made was to allow users to create a personal instance "any where" at "any time". So, the advice here doesn't apply to NetBeans 5.

Comments:

What a coincidence that just today, I went about using the feature you mention.

I was successful in configuring GlassFish as the application server.

I was unable to configure a second Sun Java System Application Server on the screen (no choice to change the path for the location of the appserver).

(I wanted to configure App Server 8 as an alternative - is that possible ?)

Posted by Arieh Markel on December 19, 2005 at 07:19 AM PST #

In the new UI, yes. If you get a daily build of NetBeans 5.0, you will be able to do it.

The old UI had a notion of a single platform/App Server Install Location. This causes some real problems when you want to mix-and-match 8.x and GlassFish.

The newer UI resolves some of those issues. You can look at this for more detailed info.

Posted by vince kraemer on December 20, 2005 at 10:37 AM PST #

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