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From Ron Wheeler <>
Subject Re: using build profiles for WAR plugin
Date Fri, 02 Mar 2012 02:26:01 GMT
I am happy to contribute in the forum and I have some blog items at that might help but you would be much 
better served by Wayne or Stephen as they are true experts.

At you get a list of the team 
members who work on Maven and they are both in the list.

In our use of Spring, we used JNDI to separate deployment from 
development and used the Jetspeed portal framework which separated the 
look and feel customization from our code which gave us a different 
problem in generating our WAR files.

We broke our application into about 70 projects with code that made JARs 
or WARs and 10-12 JAR projects with just dependencies (Apache utilities, 
Spring-MySQL-Hibernate-Tomcat, JasperReports, CXF, etc...) that we 
loaded into Tomcat's shared library to get them out of the WARs. Our WAR 
files only had our code in them with the Spring and JSF configuration files.

We were building for an SaaS so we had more permanent servers for 
production and test so the JNDI solution worked well.

Thanks for the offer. I am pleased that we are able to help.


On 01/03/2012 7:40 PM, offbyone wrote:
> Ron- You interested in a couple hours of contract work.  I would happily
> pay you to help me through this?
> -ryan
> On Thu, Mar 1, 2012 at 12:56 PM, Ron Wheeler [via Maven]<
>>  wrote:
>> On 01/03/2012 2:43 PM, offbyone wrote:
>>> Ok so I should create a base pom with a war configuration and then a
>> separate
>>> pom for each site that depends on this with overlays to add the extra
>>> configuration file.
>>> I will try.
>>> If I am interpreting your comments correctly, profiles allow for a user
>> to
>>> flaten a maven build deployment, but this is a bad practice and it is
>> better
>>> to make your maven structure deep.
>>> So are profiles going to be deprecated?   I would think I am not alone
>> in
>>> getting turned down the wrong path because most of the
>> documentation/howtos
>>> I have found point to using profiles.
>> There are some uses for profiles that seem harmless so it is a
>> documentation issue.
>> It is fairly common in Apache documentation for the programmers to make
>> a big deal about all the wonderful things that the package can do.
>> They are not particularly concerned about "Best Practices".
>> The most common usage is often left out of the documentation since it is
>> "dull" or not very impressive.
>> This sometimes means that obscure usage of features or seldom used
>> features are heavily documented while the main use case is  not described.
>> New Maven users often fall into the trap that you were headed into.
>> A really simple "Best Practice" that most people use, is hard to find in
>> the documentation while an obscure "Worst Practice" is described because
>> it shows how clever the software developers are and how powerful the
>> product is.
>> There should be a "Best Practice" section on the Maven site describing
>> the best way to implement the common software development patterns.
>> There are not really a lot of cases to consider but every new Maven user
>> has to sort out their own case.
>> Ron
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