Here is an illustrated guide on how to install Infor e-Commerce Development Studio.
Infor e-Commerce is the B2C and B2B solution for Infor M3. Here is some history I found from the archives. The product was started by Danish-based Catalog-International in 1997, which was acquired by Swedish-based Intentia International in 2002, which was acquired by US-based Lawson Software in 2005, which was acquired by Infor in 2011. Over the years, it has survived many cycles of re-branding, refactoring, re-integration, and feature changes. Its various names have been: Ideal Commerce Suite (Ideal Seller & Ideal Procurement), Movex e-Sales, Lawson e-Sales, Infor e-Commerce, and now Infor Rythm on Infor CloudSuite. The Development Studio is the current plugin for Eclipse to develop for e-Commerce. It is loosely inherited from the old Cat@log Builder and ide@l Design Center.
You can download the documentation from Infor Xtreme > Search > Browse Documentation > Show All Product Lines > Infor e-Commerce:
I will assume the Infor e-Commerce server is already installed and setup with the SQL Server database, IBM WebSphere Application Server (WAS), and IBM HTTP Server (IHS). I will install e-Commerce Development Studio version 188.8.131.52 on a Windows x64. There are strict system requirements for ancient versions of software.
1. Java Development Kit
2. Eclipse IDE
Install Eclipse IDE for Java EE Developers version 3.7.1:
Note: I had used the lasted Eclipse version 4.6, but e-Commerce Development Studio threw an error during installation, and I resolved it by reverting to the old Eclipse version 3.7.1:
Missing requirement: DesignCenter Plug-in 1.0.0 (com.lawson.eap.designcenter 1.0.0) requires 'bundle org.eclipse.core.runtime.compatibility 3.2.100' but it could not be found
3. Subclipse plugin
Install the Subclipse plugin version 1.8.x for Eclipse, even if you will not use it:
Note: If you do not install Subclipse – for instance if you want to install Git instead – e-Commerce Development Studio will throw an error during installation:
Missing requirement: DesignCenter Plug-in 1.0.0 (com.lawson.eap.designcenter 1.0.0) requires 'bundle org.tigris.subversion.subclipse.core 1.6.18' but it could not be found:
Note: I used the latest Subclipse version 4.2.x, but Eclipse threw an error, and I resolved it by reverting to the old Subclipse version 1.8.x:
Subclipse talks to Subversion via a Java API that requires access to native libraries. Those libraries were either not found or an incompatible version was loaded.
4. e-Commerce Development Studio plugin
e-Commerce Development Studio is ready to be used.
5. Infor Application Installer (IAI)
In IAI, click Browse, and select the WAS folder. IAI will automatically find the profile (e.g. AppSrv01), cell name (e.g. Node01Cell), node name (e.g. Node01), and internal server name (e.g. server1). Set the Admin login name and password, and click Start:
You can verify the IAI About page, e.g. http://localhost:9080/publish/About :
The Application Installer is now ready to deploy e-Commerce applications.
6. New Application
Whenever a timestamp changes in the project, e-Commerce Development Studio will re-build the project, and it can be time consuming and frustrating. To avoid waiting unnecessarily, un-check the Project > Build Automatically, and remember to manually Build Project before deploying:
The e-Commerce application is now ready to be deployed.
Build the Project, and wait for the build to finish.
The e-Commerce application is now deployed on WAS, and ready to use. There is no need to restart WAS.
Test the resulting e-Commerce application.
We now have a working e-Commerce Development Studio, project, and website to develop with.
9. Everyday development
For everyday development:
Remember to set the active project again after each time you exit Eclipse.
In future work, I would like to:
- Setup a B2B application (it involves swApp.vbs), in addition to the default B2C
- Setup a team environment with Subversion for multiple developers to collaborate on the same e-Commerce application at the same time without overriding each other.
- Setup logging, troubleshooting, and Java debugging for e-Commerce.
- Deploy multiple applications on the same WAS.
- Develop JSP that call Business Objects.
- Use the XML Gateway.
- Use Git instead of Subversion.
- Set the Active Project by default.
That was a guide on how to install Infor e-Commerce Development Studio, with lots of illustrations to compensate for the lack of screenshots from the Infor documentation. e-Commerce Development Studio relies on many standards (J2EE, Eclipse, Subversion, etc.), as such it is familiar territory to install. But it requires ancient versions of its software requirements that if not met will cause errors. And the mystery of the e-Commerce Development Studio’s automatic build, at unexpected times, and lengthy, is a known frustration.
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