If you want to create an Seam project and use it in Eclipse, you probably want to use seam-gen, discussed in Chapter 2 of the reference manual. The rest of this page is left here for historical purposes!
How to Create a Simple Seam Project in Eclipse from the Examples
If you would like to create a simple project that uses Seam and can be tested with TestNG from inside Eclipse, without reference to Seam source code, hopefully you will find this helpful.
Downloads & Installations
download and install JBoss AS and Seam
download and install Eclipse
download and install JBoss-IDE
There are certainly many ways in which you can create a working project;
this is just one of them. We will use the simple registration example
as a starting point; once you have a working project you can then morph it
for your own purposes.
create a new Eclipse Java project, which we'll call seam-registration here
create a new project in your Eclipse workspace
set compiler compliance for the project or default for all of Eclipse to 5.0 or higher
create separate source and output folders, which will default to src and bin
create doc, doc/html, lib, lib/ext, lib/seam, resource, test, and view folders in seam-registration. Only create the test folder if you want to separate your test source from your real source.
also create META-INF and WEB-INF folders under resource
copy jboss-seam-debug.jar, jboss-seam-ui.jar, and jboss-seam.jar from the directory in which you installed seam to the lib/seam folder -- you will later be able to create archives including them from there
copy all the JAR files from lib (from the directory into which you installed seam) to your lib/ext folder
copy emma.jar and emma_ant.jar from the Emma distribution to your lib/ext folder
edit the Java Build Path properties for seam-registration
the src folder should already be listed as a source folder, add the resource and test folders
in libraries, add all of the various JAR files from your lib/seam and lib/ext folders
from the directory into which you previously installed Seam, copy all the files from .../examples/registration/resources to your project's resource folder, making sure that the relative directory structure using META-INF and WEB-INF is maintained
also copy all files that end in .properties or .xml from src/main, examples/registration/src, examples/registration/resources, and embedded-ejb/conf to your resource folder
copy the source tree from examples/registration/src to your src folder. If you prefer your tests to be separate from the rest of your source code, then create folders org/jboss/seam/example/registration under your test folder, move the contents of src/org/seam/example/registration/test (i.e. RegisterTest.java and testng.xml) there, and fix their package references (i.e. remove the .test at the end).
copy the source tree from examples/registration/view to your view folder
place an empty file named seam.properties in your src folder
from the attachments for this Wiki page:
copy src-overview.html to src
copy test-overview.html to test
copy seam-registration.properties and build.xml to seam-registration
copy index.html and seamproj.css to doc/html
set jboss.home in build.xml per the installation on your computer
At this point, Eclipse should not be complaining about any errors in your source.
This is not the only way to start a Seam project, but it's one that works.
What you can do
This was a lot of work, but you should now have a project where:
you can run TestNG tests by right-clicking on the appropriate testng.xml file
run the ant all target to get
an EAR file of the project
javadoc for both source and tests in doc/html
tests run with a report in doc/html
code coverage report in doc/html
run the ant deploy target to deploy your application to JBoss
run the ant undeploy target to undeploy your application from JBoss