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In Part 1 of this article (WLDJ, Vol. 2, issue 6), I claimed that manageability is a vital aspect for any application that will be deployed into production, where it will spend most of its life being managed by people who may not be the original designers. These systems and applications managers will need good tools and application visbility for the deployment of the application to be successful. We looked at the basics of manageability, from logging files to log file encapsulation to writing our own JMX beans in order to achieve ever higher levels of manageability in the application. In this article, I'll look at the means by which the various management tools, from the BEA console and WLShell utilities to the HP OpenView features, help the developer and set templates in place for building better applications. There are three JMX client applications available with ... (more)

Enhancing Application Manageability Part 1

When we build enterprise applications based on either a J2EE-compatible application server or an XML Web services platform, we tend to leave the manageability of our application as a problem for the base platform to solve. We therefore may not do any work in our business logic to enhance the manageability of our application in production. This is not a good policy and can lead to an application that is more difficult to manage than it should be when it is deployed. J2EE application servers, a foundation for XML/SOAP Web services applications, give us tools for monitoring our sof... (more)