Every year the number of Jar files that we have to deploy grows. Some of the Jar files are primary containers of applications (with a main method). Other Jar files are containers of commonly used libraries. Still other Jar files are containers of native methods. Regenerating the Jar files, with a new certificate, is what we term resigning the Jars .
Journal of Object Technology
Lyon, Douglas A., "I Resign! Resigning Jar Files with Initium" (2008). Engineering Faculty Publications. 65.
Douglas Lyon, “I Resign! Resigning Jar Files with Initium.”, Journal of Object Technology, Volume 7, no. 4 (May 2008), pp. 17-27