Installs a container
An Installer is meant to install a container on your local machine. There is currently only a single Installer implementation:
ZipURLInstaller which downloads a zipped container distribution from a URL and which installs it (i.e. unpacks it) in a specified directory. This is useful if you wish to fully automate a container installation without having to ask the user to manually install a container on their machine.
Of course you don't have to use an Installer if you want to use a container already installed on your machine.
Example using the Java API
Example using the Ant API
Example using the Maven2 plugin
Using Maven2-based distributions
New versions of most application servers have their distribution packages built by Maven2, hence distribute these as ZIP or TAR.GZ files on a Maven2 repository. It is also rather easy to upload servers' packages to a local (for example, enterprise) Maven2 repository.
The CARGO ZipUrlInstaller can be used to reuse the Maven2 dependency. The example below illustrates that use case applied on Jetty 7: