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Classroom Setup Guide

System Requirements

Hardware Requirements (Minimum) 1 gHz, 1 gB RAM, 3 gB disk space.
Hardware Requirements (Recommended) 2 gHz, 2 gB RAM, 5 gB disk space.
Operating System Tested on Windows XP Professional.
Network and Security Limited privileges required -- please see our standard security requirements.
Software Requirements Course software should be viable on all systems for which WebLogic 10.3 is available.

The Oracle WebLogic Server, version 10.3:

WebLogic is of course a commercial tool, and it is assumed that students and/or training companies using Capstone courseware for WebLogic either have appropriate licenses to use WebLogic or are legally using evaluation software in the classroom. Evaluation copies are available from Oracle through the following address; please carefully read and understand Oracle's license agreement before download and install.

Choose the Windows x86 Net installer. Download and run the installer. A default installation is fine, but we recommend the path c:\BEA for the BEA home and c:\BEA\WebLogic for the WebLogic installation root path.

Two simple tests of your installation are as follows:

Run the following command and you should see output roughly as shown (some path information will vary by machine):

c:\BEA\WebLogic\server\bin\setWLSEnv CLASSPATH=varies PATH=varies Your environment has been set.

Run the startWebLogic command from the directory c:\BEA\WebLogic\samples\domains\wl_server\bin. You should see a long train of console output as the WebLogic server starts up, starting with:

. . JAVA Memory arguments: -Xms256m -Xmx512m . WLS Start Mode=Development

... and ending with:

<date/time> <Notice> <WebLogicServer> <BEA-000365> <Server state changed to RUNNING> <date/time> <Notice> <WebLogicServer> <BEA-000360> <Server started in RUNNING mode>

Then a web browser will open, showing the Getting Started page for the WebLogic server. Click the button labeled Shut Down. Provide the string "weblogic" as both the username and password in the login dialog box that pops up. Then the web browser will show "Server is shut down successfully!" Close the web browser. In the original command console you'll see:

Stopping PointBase server... PointBase server stopped.

Crimson text editor, version 3.70:

Note: This is a softer requirement than most of our tool setup requirements. In most of our courses, students do not by default have any integrated development environment at their disposal. We find that while students can be productive with just a basic text editor such as Windows Notepad, they find it far more rewarding to work with a more sophisticated editor — at least to have simple features such as auto-indent, multiple documents open at once, tab-width control, etc.

There are many good options here, and if the students or instructor have a preferred tool we encourage them to use it. As a default, we recommend the Crimson text editor: it is freeware, a quick download and easy setup, and performs well for basic text editing, programming, or XML editing tasks.

We provide a few simple custom configuration files for Crimson, and these are referenced in other setup documents. If you choose a different text editor or IDE, you will need to duplicate these configurations for that tool.

Download the Crimson 3.70 installer from any of the following URLs:

Run the installer, taking all defaults except for install location: to allow the lab installer to link in XML parsing support, please install to c:\Capstone\Tools\Crimson3.70.

Installing Lab Software

Download the archive of lab installer(s):

This archive contains one or more self-extracting ZIP files that run a completion script after unpacking. Run each of these; we recommend accepting the default installation path c:\Capstone, especially since multiple courses and other resources can all go to this folder, making things simple for students and easy to clean up after class. However, another path can be selected -- this is most common when the C drive is unavailable or too crowded and another drive or partition is more available.

An optional package of Workshop 10.3 workspace and projects is also available for the course. This can be downloaded from the following location:

We offer this package intending to simplify the life of the instructor who wishes to use Workshop 10.3 in his or her classroom. Use of an IDE is not part of the standard course delivery; there are small ways in which use of Workshop 10.3 will conflict with the use documented in the printed student guide. The instructor will need to be familiar with both the core software for the course and the IDE itself in order to guide students through its use, and will very likely want to customize the workspace we provide. See Using Capstone's IDE Overlays for specifics.

Install by running the self-extractor(s) found in this archive; unless you installed the above lab images to a non-standard path, be sure to stick with the default target directory c:\Capstone. See the instructor's guide for details on how the overlay works. Please consult the instructor with any questions on use of Workshop 10.3 in the classroom.

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