I create web applications by first creating a set of OSGi bundles that form the building blocks of the application, and then use karaf features to pull the building blocks together to create complete applications that run inside apache karaf.
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My OSGi story
OSGi is a Java plugin framework and module system that were initially created for supporting embdedded applications in the automotive industry. OSGi also forms the foundations for the Eclipse IDE plugin model. The plugin model of OSGi consists of components waiting for services and starting and exposing services when all of the dependencies are satsified. A “service” in OSGi terminology, is a Java interface.
I first encountered OSGi in 2006. The company I worked from used OSGi as the basis for an ETL processing system implementing various processing elements as OSGi plugins plugging into the processing framework. Since writing OSGi activators (which was the state of the art for OSGi plugins back in the day) is kind of boring, we created a Dependency Injection system on top of OSGi.
Rewriting applications to use pax-jdbc-config and liquibase
After creating the post Pluggable databases for apache karaf applications I posted a link to the blog post in the karaf user mailing list, and the immediate response was, “why didn’t I just pax-jdbc-config instead?“.
The answer to that is that I didn’t know about pax-jdbc-config. I started using pax-jdbc in the summer of 2016, and started using apache karaf in the autumn of 2016 and pax-jdbc-config didn’t exist then (or at least: not as complete and usable as it became in 2017), and any announcement that has gone past since then, has not registered.
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Pluggable databases for apache karaf applications
Edit: I no longer use this approach. I use pax-jdbc-config instead. See the article Rewriting applications to use pax-jdbc-config and liquibase for details
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Develop OSGi applications using karaf
Apache Karaf is a good platform for deploying OSGi based applications. Karaf is also a good platform for testing and debugging these applications. This article describes how to test and debug OSGi bundles and OSGi applications with karaf and eclipse.
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Installing apache karaf on debian
Until the RFP (Request For Packaging) bug for karaf in the debian bug tracker is resolved, here is an APT archive with a karaf package for debian (architecture “all”). The package is created using native debian packaging tools, and built from a source tarball and the APT archive itself is created, using aptly.
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Packaging karaf with native debian packaging tools
Note! This is an improvement over the packaging in Installing apache karaf on debian stretch, this package is packaged using native debian packaging tools instead of fpm, and is built from the karaf source tarball instead of the karaf binary tarball.
Apache karaf is an OSGi container and application server that is provisioned from maven, and has an ssh server. Basically it is possible to start an empty karaf, ssh in and give some commands to install an application using maven.
There still isn’t a native .deb package on maven (see the RFP (Request For Packaging) bug for karaf in the debian bug tracker), but this package can be installed from my own maven repository.
The packacing projecct can be found on github: https://github.com/steinarb/karaf-debian
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Installing apache karaf on debian stretch
Edit: It is now possible to install karaf on debian without building it yourself, the package installed is not the one described here, but the new and improved package built from source with native debian packaging tools, that can be found here https://github.com/steinarb/karaf-debian
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