Chapter 4. Planning for Development

The Importance of Planning

Now that we’ve had a quick look at making an application highly available, we should take some time out to say a few words about planning for the development of Sun Cluster agents. As with most development tasks, the success or failure of a project to develop a data service agent is greatly affected by the amount of planning that goes into it, and we have found that a typical medium-complexity agent-development project would normally involve at least three to four days of planning and documenting, especially if the application is not already well understood.

Since ultimately data service agents provide an automated way to start, stop, and monitor applications, it is important for the ...

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