Creating custom plug-ins for Web Express Logon

Web Express Logon relies on plug-ins to provide the network user ID and host access credentials. Web Express Logon interacts with these plug-ins through Java™ interfaces, which are described in the following sections.

Web Express Logon is implemented at the enterprise archive (.ear) file level for ZIETrans Web projects. Your plug-in needs to be placed into each enterprise archive file or Web archive file accordingly. Follow these steps to create your own plug-in:
  1. Create a Java project in Rational® SDP to hold your plug-in. Ensure that these ZIETrans files are in the class path of the Java project, in this order:
    1. hatscommon.jar
    2. hodwel.jar
    These files are located in the common plug-ins (cache) directory of the ZIETrans Toolkit (common plug-ins directory/plugins/com.ibm.hats.core_x.x.x.yearxxxxxxxx/lib) where x.x.x is the version level and yearxxxxxxxx is the build level of ZIETrans and in the root directory of the ZIETrans enterprise archive file.
  2. Code your plug-in using the APIs described in this chapter.
  3. Create a Java Archive (.jar) file from your Java project. For ZIETrans Web projects, export the .jar file to the file system in each .ear file in which you want to use it.
  4. Add the Java Archive to the MANIFEST.MF located in Web-Content/META-INF.
  5. Configure your connections to use Web Express Logon, and configure Web Express Logon to use your custom plug-in. Refer to ZIETrans User's and Administrator's Guide for information about planning and configuring Web Express Logon.