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There are a lot of messages on SDN forums regarding using third-party libraries in SAP J2EE applications. Also there is a complete section available at, many developers either find it incomplete or cannot find it at all (I bet majority even don’t try to search, but this is different topic).


Below is step-by-step guide how to deploy Rhino JavaScript interpreter library to J2EE server and use it in WebDynpro application.</p>


Step 0. Preparation


First download latest Rhino build from and extract


file from Zip archive. Mozilla download page contains broken links, here is direct link to Rhino 1.6 R2 / RC2 .

Next, activate "Development Configurations" perpective in NetWeaver IDE (use menu path: "Window -> Open Perpective -> Other..."). We will create all necessary development components (DC for short) in Local Development / My Components branch.


Step 1. Create and build “External Library”


Switch to "Development Configurations" perpective if you are not already there, drill down to "Local Development -> My Components", right-click and select "Create New DC..." command

Now fill in all necessary fields as shown below and click finish.

IDE will create and open automatically necessary project. In root project directory find a folder


(in my environment NetWeaver shows it in project tree, but does not create it on disk - just create it manually). Now copy


from Rhino distribution here. Next, select


folder in IDE, right-click on it and call "Refresh" command.

After IDE synchronized changes with file system, right-click on jar file in tree and select "Development Component -> Add To Public Part"


Adding Aarchive (js.jar) to public part

NetWeaver pre-create


public part for this type of projects, so simply select it in appeared dialog and click "OK". Afterwards right-click on project itself and run command "Development Component -> Build". Step complete.


Step 2. Create, build, deploy “J2EE Server / Library”


After we have created and built

External Library

DC we need to deploy it to SAP J2EE server somehow. So next create "J2EE Server Component / Library" DC:

Note that during project createion NetWeaver IDE may prompt you to open

JEE Development Perspective

. Just agree with it. Along this it will open

J2EE DC Explorer

view (switch to this view yourself if this doesn't happen). Now expand project structure to "DC Metadata -> DC Definition -> Used DCs". Activate contextual menu on last node and invoke "Add Used DC...". Add reference to the public part of previously created

Extrenal Library

here. Note, that you have to specify both build time and run-time dependency here. Otherwise created SDA file will not contain js.jar from external library.


Add used DC (External Library) to J2EE library

It is time to build the project and analyze results. First of all you have to check generated SDA file in


folder. Verify that it contains


. Now something interesting. Go to


folder. You should find here


folder. Yes, NetWeaver IDE again created public part, this time it is


. And if you drill down to


then you meet


file again.

From now you may refere this (defLib) public part in the rest of SAP J2EE projects. But before we have to deploy it!. So, context menu on SAP J2EE Component / Library project, "Development Component -> Deploy". Everything should go smoothly, let us verify results and run Visual Administrator:


Scroll to Libraries node


JavaScript (Rhino) Library Deployed


Step 3. Create WebDynpro Development Component


Now you may refer JavaScript library from any J2EE project. Obviously, that I wiil use it from WebDynpro ;)

So, two initial tasks should be known for you: we will create WebDynpro Development Component and add


public part of


DC to it (the only difference is that here build-time dependency is enough):


Create "WebDynpro" DC.


Add used DC (defLib) to WebDynpro DC

However, WebDynpro project will not contain JavaScript library files (as in case with J2EE library). So we have to define


to aforementioned library to let class loader find necessary classes at run-time. Run contextual menu on project root in IDE and select "Properties", then switch to "WebDynpro References ->

Library references" and add "mozilla.orgjslib" (you may see the name in Visual Administrator):


Heck, we "invent" tool before task If anyone has ideas how scripting could be applied in WebDynpro you are welcome to share your thoughts in comments!</p>




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