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From Martin Gainty <>
Subject RE: Ant Project Convert To Maven
Date Fri, 14 Jun 2013 09:36:35 GMT
Ron, Russ and myself have experience in both build environments

Ant <pathelement> becomes Maven <dependency> in <dependencies>
Ant Taskdef becomes Maven Mojo which has multiple @goals which you later bind to a maven lifecycle
Ant <target> becomes <plugin> in <build><plugins>

Ron is right ...alot of people fight with maven because they dont understand the importance
of version specific artifacts deploying in execution environments
having inconsistent versions of libraries leads to runtime exceptions
if you're lucky you'll get a ClassNotFoundException or ClassCastException
if you're not lucky you'll get a Stacktrace which you will have to comb thru to get to the

which is the reason is why every build engineer will  learn to become a 'maven maven'

start here
maven founder has his own website with useful examples and tutorials at

Thanks and Regards,
Maven..yiddish for 'all-knowing'

> Date: Fri, 14 Jun 2013 00:11:53 -0400
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> Subject: Re: Ant Project Convert To Maven
> Start by scanning a few of the free books and articles about Maven.
> This will give you a good overview of the Maven way of looking at things.
> I use Eclipse/STS from SpringSource
> It is a very good Maven IDE and comes ready to go with a single download.
> I am sure that you will find a lot of Netbeans users here who are also 
> happy.
> Maven is driven by convention and is very set in its ways.
> Forget anything that you know about Ant and be prepared to completely 
> rethink your build processes.
> If you try to make Maven into an advanced Ant build, you will have a big 
> fight on your hands until you change your mind.
> Maven will not change its mind about building software no matter how 
> hard you try to bend it to your will.
> Start out with a simple Maven project model and get it working before 
> you try to optimize your process.
> A lot of people get into trouble by trying to implement advanced 
> automation before they get their project to build as a simple Maven project.
> In the end, you will have a much more repeatable build process that can 
> be shared with your team without having to explain the steps.
> It is pretty easy and safe to pick up someone's maven project and 
> rebuild it without having to read their POM files.
> Ron
> On 13/06/2013 11:50 PM, Russell Gold wrote:
> > Hi Raja,
> >
> > Having done this several times, with projects of varying complexity, I am sorry
to say that AFAIK there is no automated way to do it. The problem is that ant is a very free
form scripting language that allows you to describe builds - but ant writers cannot be guaranteed
to do everything the same way.
> >
> > Ant does not require any particular conventions for organizing source trees, invocation
of external programs to process code, or even require a single source tree to map to a single
artifact. Bottom line is, you're going to have to do the change manually. Now if your project
is simple, turning it into a maven build is trivial. But I've spent a couple of works converting
one project, and am in the middle of a massive one with a couple of hundred ant scripts and
a few dozen special processing steps, that I expect to take several months to convert.
> >
> > Do you have any specific questions about converting your build? How complex is it?
> >
> > - Russ
> >
> >
> > On Jun 13, 2013, at 9:30 PM, RajaPrlabu <> wrote:
> >
> >> Hi, all:Sorry for my entry-level question. Is it possible for me to convert
> >> from an Ant project to A Maven project from within NetBeans IDE or Eclipse
> >> IDE.which is the best IDE.Or, is there any method to convert from an Ant
> >> project to a Maven project using some command line method? Or, any standard
> >> method to do so?1.How to convert Spring MVC Project using Ant convert into
> >> Maven nexus.could u please provide me Following Steps.ThanksRaja k
> >>
> >>
> >>
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