This document describes the steps required to install and start the Dazzle server. Some knowledge of the DAS system is assumed (see the DAS specification), but the default settings should work fine. NOTE: If you already downloaded and built Dazzle according to the instructions here, the first few sections of the following discussion are redundant and you should go to the #Configuring datasources section.


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Prerequisites ------------- Dazzle requires a runtime environment for the Java 2 platform, standard edition (J2SE) version 1.5 or later. It also requires a servlet container complying with the servlets 2.3 specification (a servlet container is a Java-aware web server). Dazzle was developed using the Tomcat 5.x servlet container, and this is recommended. It has also been tested successfully using Resin. The webapp structure -------------------- Servlet containers work with bundles of code and data known as webapps. To deploy Dazzle, you must create a webapp with a well-defined structure. The required files and directories are shown below: WEB-INF/ web.xml Deployment descriptor, used by the servlet container. lib/ biojava.jar BioJava library bytecode.jar (Required for BioJava) dazzle.jar DazzleServer code classes/ dazzlecfg.xml Data-sources configuration file stylesheet.xml Default DAS stylesheet welcome.html Welcome message, included front page You can add your own data files to this structure, either at the top level or in your own directories. If you are using a datasource plugin which isn't included in the core Dazzle package, you can either package it as a JAR file (if it isn't already) and place it in the WEB-INF/lib directory, or place raw .class files in the WEB-INF/classes directory. You can download a complete \`skeleton' webapp with all these files in place from the Dazzle homepage. In this case, you just need to unpack the skeleton, configure your datasources, then follow the deployment instructions below. Alternatively, you can download the source and compile your own. If so, you will need the following: - BioJava (current version) - Available from . - BioJava bytecode library - Binaries can be downloaded from BioJava.org or built from [source code](Get source "wikilink"). - servlet.jar - The Java Servlet 2.3 API files. This should be included with your Servlet container distribution. These are only needed for compiling Dazzle: when you deploy the servlet, it should automatically pick up servlet API classes from the servlet container. The current Dazzle sourcecode is available from the BioJava Subversion repository. Follow the instructions there to connect to the server and check out the dazzle module. You will need to copy all the libraries above into the dazzle directory, then use the supplied ANT build-script to compile the code. Configuring datasources ----------------------- Dazzle relies on small datasource plugins to supply sequence and feature data, and also to customize the DAS messages. Each Dazzle installation includes one or more data sources. These are defined in an XML configuration file, **dazzlecfg.xml**. A typical example is shown below: ` ` `   ` `   ` `   ` `   ` `   ` ` ` ` ` `   ` `   ` `   ` `   ` `   ` `   ` `   ` ` ` Each datasource element has two required attributes: a unique ID, and the fully-qualified Java class-name of the plugin. The datasource element can contain any number of property elements, which set some property of the plugin. Property elements are always named after the data-type of the property to be set, and have two attributes: name and value. The set of properties recognized by a given plugin should be listed in the plugin documentation. (NOTE: The format of the property elements may change in a future release to match the SOAP encoding rules). Some properties are commonly recognized by many plugins: `   * name` `   * description` `   * version - the version of the database being served` `   * stylesheet - a path to a DAS stylesheet, relative to the top level of the webapp` `   * mapMaster` The mapMaster attribute is recognized by all annotation server plugins. It should be set to a URL pointing to the reference server whose sequences are annotated by this data source. Note that this must always be an absolute URL, even if the reference datasource is contained within the same Dazzle webapp. See for an overview of plugins included in the standard Dazzle distribution. Packaging and deployment ------------------------ Once you are happy with your configuration file, and you've added any extra resource files that are needed, you should package the webapp as a WAR file. WAR files are just normal Java ARchives (JAR files) which contain a WEB-INF directory and a web.xml file (as show in the directory tree, above). To create this file, change into the directory where you have been building your webapp (dazzle/dazzle-webapp), and type: `   jar cf ../das.war * ` By convention, webapps containing DAS servers are called das.war, but this isn't strictly necessary. Note, however, that the DAS client support in Ensembl expects all DAS URLs to end /das/, so naming your webapp something else may prevent you accessing your data via ensembl. Details of deploying webapps vary between containers. If you are using Tomcat, simply copy the das.war file into the ${TOMCAT\_HOME}/webapps/ directory, then re-start the server. Note that Tomcat creates temporary directories for each deployed webapp (e.g. a das/ directory corresponding to das.war). If you are replacing an existing webapp with a newer version, you should shut down the server then delete the temporary directory before deploying the new webapp. When the webapp is deployed, you can test it with your favourite DAS browser. You can also try visiting the root page (for instance, <http://my-server:8080/das/>) using a web browser -- you should see a welcome page listing the available data sources. Note that the welcome page can be customized by editing the welcome.html file in your webapp. If something goes wrong, most servlet containers will create a log file containing the details of the errors. In the case of Tomcat, the log file is usually called ${TOMCAT\_HOME}/logs/localhost\_log\_.txt. For other containers, consult your vendor. If you need to submit a bug report, please locate the relevant log file and include it with your report. Ready made plugins ------------------ A number of plugins are available to quickly set up a DAS source without having to write any code. See for an overview of these plugins Deployment on the Google App Engine ----------------------------------- - Check tutorial [ here](Dazzle:deployment_google_app_engine "wikilink")