Gradle WebProject Deploys in NetBeans

I had a small breakthrough with supporting Gradle Web Projects. It is now possible to run a web application from NetBeans with a configured Application Server. There are restrictions though:

  • The Application Server shall be  a Glassfish
  • The project shall have a WEB-INF/glassfish-web.xml with proper context root setup.

Due to some strange bugs/features in NetBeans, trying Tomcat results in NPE, deploying the application without glassfish-web.xml results that the application is always deployed in /WEB-INF context root.

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The current solution actually try to deploy the war instead of an exploded directory. The absence of this exploded webapp makes NetBeans a bit cranky.

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