New GlassFish Integration Feature: JDBC Driver Deployment

One of the most common steps in tutorials about using NetBeans to develop data-driven web sites has read something like this:

Adding the database driver's JAR file is another step that is vital to enabling the server to communicate with your database.... do the following:

This is followed by additional details about what you need to do to get the server to "see" the driver and use it.

The tutorials for using Java Studio Creator usually did not include a step like this. The folks that wrote Creator realized that they already had the information that was necessary to automate this step and so they implemented it.

As the functionality of Creator has been folded into the NetBeans trunk, the JDBC driver "deployment" feature was generalized to allow more users to take advantage of it.

Just about anybody who creates a data-driven web site or enterprise application will be able to take advantage of this feature in NetBeans 6.0, Milestone 10, which is coming soon. Of course, it will be hard to tell that you have. The only thing you should encounter is an extra server restart when an application that depends on a new JDBC driver is initially deployed.

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