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From bongosdude <>
Subject Re: How to Use Maven with Geronimo J2EE project
Date Mon, 15 Dec 2008 21:25:55 GMT

Should I check out 2.2 dev trunk from this URL

Can you provide SVN url where I can check out 2.2 dev?


djencks wrote:
> On Dec 15, 2008, at 12:10 AM, David Jencks wrote:
>> On Dec 14, 2008, at 7:17 PM, bongosdude wrote:
>>> I would lile to use maven to mange our project build/deploy during
>>> development, QA and production release. Maven is good at managing
>>> dependencies. While GEP can get us up to speed in development, it  
>>> is tricky
>>> to manage dependency using eclipse among team members. I have tried  
>>> to read
>>> geronimo sample to see how maven is used to build and deploy geronimo
>>> sample. However, I could not find out how maven is used with  
>>> gernonimo.
>>> Can someone help to explain or give me suggestions on how I can  
>>> learn more
>>> on this subject?
>> 0. For team-wide access set up a team accessible maven repository.   
>> I've demoed this using sonatype nexus which works great but you can  
>> also set up httpd or presumably a lot of other things.
>> 1. set up a maven project for each of your apps to use the geronimo  
>> car-maven-plugin to "pre-deploy" your application into a geronimo  
>> plugin. Deploy it into the team-wide maven repository (configure the  
>> deploymenManagement of your pom to point to the team repo)
>> 2. set up a maven  project to assemble a custom server, again using  
>> the car-maven-plugin.  Include the framework plugin group and your  
>> apps and any optional stuff from geronimo you might want such as  
>> parts of the admin console.  Everything else needed will be pulled  
>> in too.
> I forgot that the framework plugin group is new to geronimo  
> 2.2[SNAPSHOT], i.e. trunk.  We're working on a release but it will be  
> a few weeks yet.  However the plugin groups make custom assemblies so  
> much easier that you may want to work against trunk until 2.2 is  
> actually out.
> thanks
> david jencks
>> 3. After deploying the assembled server it too will be available  
>> from the shared repo.
>> There are a couple geronimo archetypes to help setting up these  
>> maven projects but they are rather primitive and dont use the new  
>> archetype plugin features.... they still might help.
>> geronimo-plugin-archetype sets up a plugin project
>> geronimo-assembly-archetype sets up a custom server assembly project.
>> Perhaps the simplest example of all this in action is in geronimo  
>> trunk in the plugins/monitoring console: along with the base code,  
>> and the monitoring console portal application, we build plugins for  
>> the app and a server containing the monitoring console and run a  
>> simple integration test.
>>> 1. How can maven be used to generate geronimo*.xml and deployment  
>>> artifacts?
>> You need to write the geronimo plan yourself and put it under src/ 
>> main/plan/plan.xml.  I believe the easiest way to do this is the GEP  
>> wizards, although there are some wizards in the admin console as  
>> well.  The car-maven-plugin is used to convert the plan +  
>> application to a geronimo plugin.
>>> 2 What is geronimo plugin? I look at geronimo samples plugin (i.e.  
>>> bank
>>> plugin), I did not see any geronimo*.xml artifact in EAR file.
>> Javaee apps are not really supposed to have vendor specific plans  
>> inside them starting with j2ee 1.4, you are supposed to use a  
>> separate plan and jsr-88 to deploy the plan + app to a server.  In  
>> geronimo you can "pre-deploy" into a plugin that can then be  
>> installed in any geronimo server.  The samples are set up to build  
>> an app, and then one (for ejb-only apps) or two (jetty/tomcat)  
>> plugins and then (with the it profile) run a simple integration test.
>>> 3. is there maven geronimo plugin that can generate geronimo*.xml  
>>> file? Or
>>> we can create one and point maven to include geronimo*.xml in EAR  
>>> file?
>> The geronimo plan doesn't go in the application but is supplied  
>> separately in the plugin project at src/main/plan/plan.xml
>> Hope this helps,
>> david jencks
>>> Thanks
>>> -Bongos
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