Oracle Public Cloud Java Service Development Tools

Markus Eisele
Even if the Java EE 7 EG decided to postpone the PaaS features to EE 8, Oracle itself is actively working on a Java EE driven public PaaS offering. This is known since some time now and you also might have read about my first test-drives with NetBeans in the context of the Early Access program. Signs are there, that we will see the final GA version during Oracle's OpenWorld and I thought I give you some more stuff to increase your anticipation about the things to come.

Command Line Interface (CLI)
The Oracle Cloud tooling is quite impressive. You (will) have NetBeans 7.3, Eclipse OEPE and JDeveloper support and beside this you also have a couple of CLI driven tools to integrate with your build life-cycle. The base for that is the CLI interface. Two areas are supported here: First of all the remote control for your cloud service instance. So, everything you need to manage your deployment is there. You can install, update, delete, start and stop deployments. Beside that you have a hook to a couple of configuration information about your deployments, the executed jobs, your datasources and instances. The second area is the whitelist-tool. This allows you to check against the white-list before spending time on deployment circles.
Everything you need to get started with it will be in the sdk-download. At the time of writing this, it is still a 1.0.0 meant for early access. I expect that version to increase prior to GA, especially as I wasn't able to get this up and running behind a proxy. So, for now let's note that everything I show you should be doable with a proxy by additionally defining the "httpproxy" attribute with every command.

Given the following:
 java -jar javacloud.jar install -user -serviceinstance java -identitydomain myiddomain -path oracle-javacloud-sdk-1.0.0/samples/apps/visitors.war -application visitor 
you can install the example application located in the cloud SDK examples folder under the name visitor. If you don't specify the -password attribute you will be prompted to enter it. The white list checker should have been executed before:
java -jar whitelist.jar oracle-javacloud-sdk-1.0.0/samples/apps/visitors.war
The expected output here is:
INFO     - Whitelist validation has succeeded
If you try something caught by the white list it lists the validations accordingly:
ERROR    - There are 1 error(s) found for /SimpleSample/dist/SimpleSample.war

ERROR    - Path:/SimpleSample/dist/SimpleSample.war (1 Error)
ERROR     - (1 Error)
ERROR      - 1:Method exit not allowed from java.lang.System.(Line No:34 Method Name:java.lang.System->exit(int))
ERROR    - /SimpleSample/dist/SimpleSample.war Failed with 1 error(s).

ERROR    - Whitelist validation has failed with 1 error(s).

Nice so far. But what makes this very interesting is, that you can also use the same CLI to deploy to your local (on premise) instance by simply adding a little classpath magic. Most of the commands do support an optional argument 'local'. When this argument takes the value of true, the command is performed against the local Weblogic domain.
java -jar javacloud.jar install -user system -password weblogic1 -serviceinstance java -identitydomain myiddomain -local true -adminurl http://localhost:7001 -classpath oracle-javacloud-sdk-1.0.0\lib\localextension.jar:wls1035\wlserver_10.3\server\lib\weblogic.jar -path /SimpleSample/dist/SimpleSample.war -application simplesample
That was it. The output tells you what is wrong or right:
WARNING  - Application Manager is on CLI mode. No asynchronous operations will
           be available against local Weblogic Server when invoked from CLI.
<06.09.2012 18:16 Uhr MESZ> <Info> <J2EE Deployment SPI> <BEA-260121> <Initiatin
g deploy operation for application, simplesample [archive: /temp/cloud/simplesample.war], to AdminServer .>
INFO     - The application installation operation is successfully completed.
<06.09.2012 18:16 Uhr MESZ> <Warning> <JNDI> <BEA-050001> <WLContext.close() was
 called in a different thread than the one in which it was created.>
That was easy! But the CLI isn't the only tool you have.

Maven Tooling
Based on the CLI you also have a Maven plugin which could be integrated with your build. Each command is exposed as a maven goal. The plugin jar is maven-javacloud.jar that is available in the SDK. Each goal supports all of its corresponding CLI command arguments as properties. First step is to install the plugin which is located in the lib folder of the SDK.
mvn install:install-file -Dfile=$SDK_HOME/lib/maven-javacloud.jar -DartifactId=javacloud -Dversion=1.0 -Dpackaging=jar
If this is done, you can either add it to your pom.xml or even execute it directly from the command line. To get a list of jobs from your java service all you have to do is to issue the following command:
mvn -D$SDK_HOME=/oracle-javacloud-sdk-1.0.0 -Didentitydomain=myiddomain -Dpassword=weblogic1 -Dserviceinstance=java
That brings up a complete list of the jobs you issued against the instance. An example could look like that:
1:Job Id                 - 27199
-----------              - -----------------------
->                       - Properties
------------             - -----------------------
Status                   - COMPLETE
Application              - MyCloud
Start Time               - Thu Aug 02 18:22:15 CEST 2012
End Time                 - Thu Aug 02 18:22:22 CEST 2012
Duration                 - 7 seconds
Last Updated Time        - Thu Aug 02 18:22:22 CEST 2012
Last Updated Description - 35 days, 22 hours, 23 minutes and 1 second ago
Operation                - Redeploy Application
Number of Logs           - 3
-------------            - -----------------------
This basically is an overview of all the status of all jobs for the given instance. You could also see the individual status for a jobid using the mvn goal. There are three logfiles available for every job: virus-scan, whitelist and the action log (deploy, redeploy). You can get any of the logfiles by using the
mvn -Djobid=27199 -Dlog=whitelist [...]
goal. But using it this way basically doesn't differ to what the CLI interface has to offer. So, let's move on to another example by integrating it into a pom.xml. There is a very good example in the SDK which contains (nearly) the complete life-cycle binding for all goals. Integrated into the <build> section it could look like this:
                    </execution> <execution>
You see the plugin dependency followed by three goal bindings. The install goal binds to the integration-test phase and installs the app to the cloud. Remembering the jobid stuff? The <jobidproperty> tag binds the assigned jobid to the corresponding maven property and you can access it later on via  <jobid>${install_job_id}</jobid>. Nicely done! You can reinstall, start and stop your deployments and do whatever has to be done. Working with different profiles for on-premise and cloud is also possible.

ANT Tooling
Last but not least you still have the ANT version of everything I described above available. The tasks are packaged in ant-javacloud.jar that is available in the SDK. The task declaration can be found in the SDK at ant-javacloud.jar\oracle\cloud\antlib.xml and can be declared with the namespace prefix of javacloud like this:
<project name="sample-how-to-use-ant" default="all" basedir="." javacloud="antlib:oracle.javacloud.antlib">
        <!-- more of your stuff here -->
            <path id="javacloud.classpath">
                <pathelement location="${SDK_HOME}/lib/ant-javacloud.jar"/>
            <taskdef uri="antlib:oracle.javacloud.antlib" resource="oracle/cloud/antlib.xml" classpathref="javacloud.classpath">
            <!-- required only when working against local Weblogic domain -->
            <path id="local.classpath">
                <pathelement path="${SDK_HOME}/lib/localextension.jar"/>
                <!-- optional for running whitelist validation automatically while installing -->
                <pathelement path="${SDK_HOME}/lib/whitelist.jar"/>
                <pathelement path="${WEBLOGIC.JAR}"/>
That is a quite complete set of tools to integrate your new Oracle Java Cloud service into your build. The Maven plugin is the one which obviously makes most sense to most of us but all the others aren't forgotten. So, be curious about when this stuff becomes publicly abailable!

As a reminder, the Oracle Public Cloud runs on Exalogic :)

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  1. “CLI” is best tool for software developers to make and modify configuration settings and You can create, update, and delete a component, device in a network, or any database information.

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