Install-Panther WebSphere

Chapter 1. General Information

In order to help you install the appropriate software components, this chapter describes the contents of the Panther installation package, application architectures, and the functionality of the Panther software components that make up your Panther distribution.

Before you begin the installation process, review the Release Notes for the latest information about Panther, including known problems.

Contents of the Installation Package

The Panther installation package consists of the items listed below. Some of these items may not be required or appropriate for your particular installation, and therefore are not included in your package. For a complete list of files included in the installation, refer to packlist.txt in the notes subdirectory of the installation.

Application Architecture Description

The following list provides a description of two-tier, three-tier and web applications. Choose the appropriate architecture for your application based on your requirements.

Two-tier application

The two-tier client/server model typically separates data from the logic of an application.

Three-tier application

In the three-tier or enhanced client/server model, the logic of an application is distributed across servers. The backend server is known as the resource manager, and is usually a data base. The layer between client and backend server is the application server. The client is responsible for user interactions, and the application server is responsible for providing business-level services and interacting with the resource manager as needed.

Web application

A web application can be a two- or three-tier application deployed on the web application server and viewed from a web browser. The web application broker works with your HTTP server software.

Installing Panther Software Components

Panther software includes the client, application server engine, and, optionally, a web application broker. The following chart describes each component, its supported platforms, and whether that component is required. Based on your chosen architecture, install the appropriate Panther software.

Panther Software Component Description Supported Platforms Required/ Optional


Provides the development and runtime client environment for building applications and components.


Application Server Engine

Provides access to shared application libraries and server-side components required for three-tier applications.


Web Application Broker

Provides the runtime environment for accessing applications through web browsers.


Database Drivers

Provides the interface between Panther and the supported databases.

DB2 is available on Windows platforms through the ODBC driver.



The following graphics illustrate the installation process on single and multiple machine configurations.

Figure 1-1 Panther Software Installed in a Networked Environment

Figure 1-2 Panther Software Installed on a Single Machine

For More Information

After Panther is installed and configured, you can refer to the online documentation for information on specific topics.

Refer to This Guide For Information About

Getting Started

Building an application, including setting up the client environment as well as a web application broker.

Application Development Guide

Building Panther applications.

WebSphere Developer's Studio

Building and deploying EJBs.


Building and deploying COM components.

Configuration Guide

Panther variables used for configuring Panther on various platforms and to your preferences and in formation on GUI resource and initialization files.

Using the Editors

The Panther graphical authoring environment.

Web Development Guide

Building and deploying a Panther web application.


Using Panther's report generation utility to build, modify and run reports.

Programming Guide

JPL commands, Panther's programming language, and using Java and C library functions in Panther.

Upgrade Guide

Upgrading from JAM or Prolifics to Panther.

readme.* in the notes subdirectory

Database-specific release notes detailing the setup of your Panther application as a database client.

fixlist.txt in the notes subdirectory

Bugs fixed in Panther.