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How to deploy an Apache Tiles project

Posted by bcmoney on August 22, 2011 in Java, XML with No Comments

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Apache Tiles is Java's leading version of a widget container, built on the Portlet specification. In Java, portlets are similar in concept and serve almost the same functional purpose as widgets in the web world


Long before the release of the W3C’s Widget specification, most modern programming languages had already (predictably) evolved a system for plugins, extensions and/or the representation of widgets.

I’ve accepted a new position at TeamSpace / TheREDspace in Halifax, NS; and, while I’m not at liberty to divulge much juicy information about my clients or their technologies, I can mention that Tiles is a great open source project on which some of their very popular (i.e. heavily trafficked) online services are currently running quite successfully.

For this new position, I’ve taken the time to brush up on my understanding of portlets and am including some useful steps here for getting started with your first Tiles project:


  1. Point your POM to the MAVEN repository:



  1. Download project:
  2. Unzip to your project directory (or a common one if you plan to reuse it alot)
  3. Start a new project in your IDE or create a new directory/folder with a “libs” sub-directiory/sub- folder, or something similar
  4. Add the tiles-extra.jar file to your project’s BUILD Path
    (depends on IDE but assuming you know how, if not right-click on the project, if you still can’t figure out, try a search engine)

After following either the Maven or Manual setup, you should be ready to go with your first Tiles project.



BC$ = Behavior, Content, Money

The goal of the BC$ project is to raise awareness and make changes with respect to the three pillars of information freedom - Behavior (pursuit of interests and passions), Content (sharing/exchanging ideas in various formats), Money (fairness and accessibility) - bringing to light the fact that:

1. We regularly hand over our browser histories, search histories and daily online activities to companies that want our money, or, to benefit from our use of their services with lucrative ad deals or sales of personal information.

2. We create and/or consume interesting content on their services, but we aren't adequately rewarded for our creative efforts or loyalty.

3. We pay money to be connected online (and possibly also over mobile), yet we lose both time and money by allowing companies to market to us with unsolicited advertisements, irrelevant product offers and unfairly structured service pricing plans.

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