In the Java Platform, Enterprise Edition, a deployment descriptor describes how a web application or enterprise application should be deployed. It directs a deployment tool to deploy a module or application with specific container options and describes specific configuration requirements that a deployer must resolve. XML is used for the syntax of these deployment descriptor files. For web applications, the deployment descriptor must be called web.xml and must reside in a WEB-INF subdirectory at the web application root. For Java EE applications, the deployment descriptor must be named application.xml and must be placed directly in the META-INF directory at the top level of the application .ear file.
Another example of a deployment descriptor is a process deployment descriptor for the BPEL-Engine ActiveBPEL.
Oasis tackles multi-platform installs.(Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards forms Solution Deployment Descriptor TC)
May 23, 2005; Oasis has formed a technical committee to standardize software installation characteristics for lifecycle management in...
US Patent Issued to BEA Systems on Sept. 14 for "System and Method for Deploying Applications with Library Modules" (California Inventors)
Sep 15, 2010; ALEXANDRIA, Va., Sept. 17 -- United States Patent no. 7,797,697, issued on Sept. 14, was assigned to BEA Systems Inc. (Redwood...