Updates to the client platform are provided in the form of features. Features may contain other features, or a set of related plug-ins. The Update Manager component of the client platform handles the installation of the features, and a user interface is provided to manage the installed features.
Features may be provided to the Update Manager by connecting to an update site, or by the included Enterprise Management agent. Update sites organize features for installation. The Update Manager typically connects to an update site to determine the features that are available for installation.
The Enterprise Management agent enables the client platform to be managed remotely. Administrators create software distribution jobs that define the artifacts to be installed, and the Enterprise Management agent handles the installation tasks.
Understanding the application lifecycle: XPD621
Of the three lifecycle extension points, only the lifecycle.application
extension point is supported on devices. In order to utilize lifecycle.application
to start bundles, the developer must extend the extension point com.ibm.rcp.lifecycle.application.startBundles
and provide the application ID and bundle ID attributes.
Understanding methods of installation: XPD621
There are two mechanisms to install applications using features. The application can either be installed from each system by using the Update Manager, or by using an enterprise distribution system.
Understanding the types of install artifacts: XPD621
This section provides information to help you understand the different types of install artifacts.
Using Ant tasks to build a deployable bundle: XPD621
ANT is a scripting framework often used in task automation for Java. It is commonly used to automate the building of code from source into the resulting binary artifacts.
Parent topic: Packaging and deploying applications: XPD621