Jochem van Dieten

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Enterprise Application aRchive (EAR) files are a standard and portable manner for packaging applications to be deployed on J2EE application servers, such as Adobe JRun, BEA WebLogic, and IBM WebSphere. An EAR file is, in essence, just a big ZIP file with a special layout of the directory tree inside that contains a full application, see the following code. EAR files have a well-defined format and make Java bytecode truly portable. The same EAR file that we compile and build on our i386 Windows laptop can also run on a 64-CPU mainframe running commercial Unix. Directory Structure of an EAR file application.ear META-INF application.xml contextroot.war CFML source HTML sources CSS images WEB-INF web.xml ColdFusion runtime As you can see from this directory structure, an EAR file deployment for a ColdFusion application can include both the CFML source code that you writ... (more)