Same here.  Our properties needs to be different on our test box and live
box - and our testing standards dictate that the WAR/EAR file we deploy
onto the test box must be identical to the WAR/EAR file that we deploy onto
the live box.  If you are doing things like putting your application onto a
test server, then modifying the WAR file (by modifying the properties file
within it) and then that deploying onto a live server... then you haven't
really tested the same WAR file as you're deploying live.


Nigel Gay,
Computer Patent Annuities.

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I don't know if this is considered kosher, but I put those properties in a
predetermined location outside the web application.


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Subject: Properties Files vs. War/Ear files


If I understand the concept correctly, one should put their "softcoded"
things into a properties file. This could be connection strings (if you're
not using WebSphere data sources), Web Services addresses, URLs you access
that are different between test and production, etc.

Now, the properties file is "wrapped" into the WAR file that's deployed to
websphere. So, once deployed you go into the properties file and make your
changes? Am I good so far? If so, what's the process for deploying updates?
If I re-deploy the WAR file then I'll overwrite the properties file, so I
have to make my changes again?

Is there a way to exclude the properties file from the WAR and have WS
leave it on the server?

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