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J2EE™ Tutorial, The by Beth Stearns, Monica Pawlan, Eric Jendrock, Kim Haase, Dale Green, Stephanie Bodoff

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Web Application Archives

Web clients are packaged in Web application archives. In addition to Web components, a Web application archive usually contains other files, including the following:

  • Server-side utility classes (database beans, shopping carts, and so on). Often these classes conform to the JavaBeans component architecture.

  • Static Web content (HTML, image, and sound files, and so on).

  • Client-side classes (applets and utility classes).

Web components and static Web content files are called Web resources.

A WAR has a specific directory structure. The top-level directory of a WAR is the document root of the application. The document root is where JSP pages, client-side classes and archives, and static Web resources are stored.

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