Wednesday, 23 November 2011

ColdFusion IceBreaker #2: Configuring JBoss in OSX Lion with OpenOffice to support cfdocument



ColdFusion empowers users to deploy it as a EAR/WAR file in their existing Application Server (J2EE config) and all the CF features can be used along with the benefits offered by the Application Server.
The <cfdocument> tag in ColdFusion lets you convert your word document to PDF and powerpoint presentations to PDF/HTML format and in some of its use cases , uses OpenOffice (About OpenOffice)

If OpenOffice is installed before ColdFusion is installed on your machine then ColdFusion detects the presence of OpenOffice and adds the location of OpenOffice to ColdFusion Administrator->Server Settings->Document

However,when deployed as a EAR/WAR, and despite detecting the OpenOffice location ,the OpenOffice library jars need to be added to the server configuration files  manually before Openoffice can be used through <cfdocument>.

A quick link for the know-it-all :ColdFusion : Configuring OpenOffice for J2EE servers

Below are mentioned a few steps for installing JBOSS on Mac OSX Lion and configuring OpenOffice on it.

1)Download OpenOffice for OSX .The zip file would download to the /Downloads folder on your mounted device

2)Unzip the file using Archive Utility and install OpenOffice

3)In some cases,it is shown as a device under the mounted device.Drag and drop the OpenOffice.org app to /Applications folder.Info will say /Applications/OpenOffice.org.app.This will have the folder Contents.

4)Install JBOSS.Simply download the zip file,place it in a temporary location and unzip it
Eg: /Applications/JBOSS_MAC/jboss-6.1.0.Final/
JBOSS is now installed
This would now have the following folder structure:
copyright.txt
README.txt
LICENSE.txt
jar-versions.xml
common
client
lib
docs
server
logs
bin

5)Install ColdFusion as an EAR.Use the installer to create an ear file and expand it (java -xvf) to generate cfusion.war,META-INF and rds.war.Expand cfusion.war and rds.war.
This should now have the following folder structure:
/Applications/JBOSS_MAC/jboss-6.1.0.Final/server/default/deploy/cfusion.ear/cfusion.war/WEB-INF etc
/Applications/JBOSS_MAC/jboss-6.1.0.Final/server/default/deploy/cfusion.ear/rds.war/
/Applications/JBOSS_MAC/jboss-6.1.0.Final/server/default/deploy/cfusion.ear/META-INF/

6)Check the presence of the OpenOffice library jars in
/Applications/JBOSS_MAC/jboss-6.1.0.Final/server/default/deploy/cfusion.ear/cfusion.war/WEBINF/cfusion/lib/oosdk/
This should now have the following folder structure:
classes
lib
lib folder should contain the following jars
-juh.jar
-jurt.jar
-ridl.jar
-unoil.jar

7)Now,add these to the java paths of JBOSS as follows:

7.1) Goto /Applications/JBOSS_MAC/jboss-6.1.0.Final/bin
7.2) Edit run.conf
7.3) Add the locations to java.class.path
Eg:
JAVA_OPTS="-Xms128m -Xmx512m -XX:MaxPermSize=256m -Dorg.jboss.resolver.warning=true -Dsun.rmi.dgc.client.gcInterval=3600000 -Dsun.rmi.dgc.server.gcInterval=3600000 -Djava.class.path=/Applications/JBOSS_MAC/jboss-6.1.0.Final/server/default/deploy/cfusion.ear/cfusion.war/WEB-INF/cfusion/lib/oosdk/classes:/Applications/JBOSS_MAC/jboss-6.1.0.Final/server/default/deploy/cfusion.ear/cfusion.war/WEB-INF/cfusion/lib/oosdk/lib:/Applications/JBOSS_MAC/jboss-6.1.0.Final/server/default/deploy/cfusion.ear/cfusion.war/WEB-INF/cfusion/lib"
7.4) Edit run.sh
7.5) Add the locations to JBOSS_CLASSPATH
Eg:
export JBOSS_CLASSPATH="$JBOSS_CLASSPATH:/Applications/JBOSS_MAC/jboss-6.1.0.Final/server/default/deploy/cfusion.ear/cfusion.war/WEB-INF/cfusion/lib/oosdk/classes:/Applications/JBOSS_MAC/jboss-6.1.0.Final/server/default/deploy/cfusion.ear/cfusion.war/WEB-INF/cfusion/lib/oosdk/lib/juh.jar:/Applications/JBOSS_MAC/jboss-6.1.0.Final/server/default/deploy/cfusion.ear/cfusion.war/WEB-INF/cfusion/lib/oosdk/lib/jurt.jar:/Applications/JBOSS_MAC/jboss-6.1.0.Final/server/default/deploy/cfusion.ear/cfusion.war/WEB-INF/cfusion/lib/oosdk/lib/ridljar:/Applications/JBOSS_MAC/jboss-6.1.0.Final/server/default/deploy/cfusion.ear/cfusion.war/WEB-INF/cfusion/lib/oosdk/lib/unoil.jar:/Applications/JBOSS_MAC/jboss-6.1.0.Final/server/default/deploy/cfusion.ear/cfusion.war/WEB-INF/cfusion/lib"

8)Use sudo ./run.sh -b 0.0.0.0 to start your server
This will enable other IPs to access your ColdFusion Application

9)Login to ColdFusion Administrator->Server Settings->Document.Check the OpenOffice installation directory.

10)Try to run a simple <cfdocument> example
<cfdocument format="pdf" srcfile="<path_to_word_doc>" filename="<path_to_destination_with_file_name>" overwrite="true">
</cfdocument>

View your pdf file.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Saturday, 5 November 2011

A new Cam-on !!!

So I bought myself a camera,to celebrate the onstart of the weekend
(and other celebratory events which I shall mention when I get to them ;) )
And considering it was Day1 with Camera 1, here are a few of the pics that I managed to save
from all the junk I clicked throughout the day ;)

These may not be my best,but theyr the first from the new cam

Even though I love #Adobe and its products, Iv left my pics absolutely untouched.
Maybe sometime....in the future...maybe...

Featuring :
a heavily overcast Bangalore with glum natural lighting to begin with,
an essentially basic 18-55mm as my gear,
Brigade Road the muse,
and heavy rains the spoilsport !
So here goes !!!!




On a rightfully patriotic note...PIC 1
Bangalore warned us on Friday what Saturday was going to be like!






The beauty of a large window,green trees and a wide angle lens..






One of the tricks I picked up from one of the many articles I devour haha !!!






Overexposed ,yet irrestible !!!






One of the many stunning artifacts one finds in the countless antique shops on Brigade Road !!







The glamour of the unknown ....






The beauty of the blurr...








Where oriental and indian fares divide the palates in quarters ;)
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