Deployer Extensions with Eclipse - Step 1: Introduction, Concepts & Requirements

In this tutorial we will cover all the steps you must follow to create a deployer extension using Eclipse. We will create a "Custom Module" and will configure Eclipse from scratch to develop, test and debug our code.

Tutorial Steps

Concepts

What is a deployer extension?

  • A deployer extension is additional functionallity added to the default Tridion deployment process.

  • That functionality is implemented in Java by extending or overwiting the existing classes used in the deployment process.

  • It's configured in the cd_deployer_conf.xml within your deployer installation.

  • An extension can also be used to remove certain functionality.

When is a deployer extension needed?

  • A deployer extension is required when some action needs to be taken before, during or after a deployment process takes place and/or:

    • There is no better way to execute such functionality within the available extension points in the product.

    • Explore other alternatives before extending de deployer, i.e. Event System, Core Service, GUI Extension  

Some scenarios where a deployer extension may fit:

  • Adding custom metadata to the items in the package

  • Using information available in the package which is only available during the deployer execution

  • Actions that need to be taken in the delivery side

  • Writing the extension in Java is more suitable

  • When some logic needs to be executed after deployment

    • An Event System might fit here as well

Requirements

To follow this tutorial you will need:

Next Step: Getting a deployer Package

To be able to test/run your extension you will need a deployer pacakge to drag & drop it into the incoming folder where the deployer is listening.

Move on to the next step of this tutorial: Getting a deployer Package

About the Author
Jaime Santos Alcon
Technical Consultant

Originally from Madrid, Jaime is working from SDL Tridion's office in New York, US. He started as a Java developer and moved into the Web Content Management space. Has been working with Tridion's CMS for the past 6 years.

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