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Diligence is a collection of ready-to-use code to help you tackle much of the dreary work required for building massively multi-user web applications. It relies on and fully embraces Prudence and MongoDB, two platforms designed from the ground-up for REST-friendly scalability. With Diligence you can quickly get users logging in, accessing data based on permissions, subscribing to email notifications, shopping and paying you, interacting with each other, and managing their own content on your site. It lets you cleanly integrate with third party technologies and services, from Ext JS and Sencha Touch to Facebook.

Please see the Diligence web site for comprehensive documentation.


Building Diligence

To build Diligence you need Ant, Maven and Sincerity.

You may need to create a file named "/build/" (see below) and override the default locations for Maven and Sincerity.

Then, simply change to the "/build/" directory and run "ant".

During the build process, build and distribution dependencies will be downloaded from an online repository at, so you will need Internet access.

The result of the build will go into the "/build/distribution/" directory. Temporary files used during the build process will go into "/build/cache/", which you are free to delete.

Configuring the Build

The "/build/" file contains configurable settings, along with some commentary on what they are used for. You are free to edit that file, however to avoid git conflicts, it would be better to create your own "/build/" instead, in which you can override any of the settings. That file will be ignored by git.

Building the Diligence Manual

To build the manual, as part of the standard build process, you will need to install LyX and eLyXer, and configure their paths in "".


You can create distribution packages (zip, deb, rpm, IzPack) using the appropriate "package-" Ant targets. They will go into the "/build/distribution/" directory.

If you wish to sign the deb and rpm packages, you need to install the "dpkg-sig" and "rpm" tools, and configure their paths and your keys in "".

In order to build the platform installers (for Windows and OS X), you will need to install [InstallBuilder] ( and configure its path in "".

BitRock has generously provided the Diligence project with a free license, available under "/build/installbuilder/license.xml". It will automatically be used by the build process.

Still Having Trouble?

Join the [Prudence Community] (, and tell us where you're stuck! We're very happy to help newcomers get up and running.


Scalable web framework for Prudence and MongoDB







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