Methods of Deploying Applications
There are six ways in which you can deploy applications on WebLogic Server: auto-deployment, the weblogic.Deployer utility, the WebLogic Server Administration Console, the WebLogic Builder application, the popular Ant Java-based utility, and by manually modifying the domain config.xml file.
Auto-deployment, used during development mode only, merely entails placing the application (archived or exploded) into the domain's ./applications directory.
Beginning with WebLogic Server 8.1 , only one J2EE module may be posted within a directory without an associated application.xml that defines the application's modules.
The server will self-discover the application. This development mode is set ...