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From Sebastian Otaegui <>
Subject Re: What packaging for Jira excel reports with maven?
Date Wed, 02 Apr 2014 13:03:18 GMT
Or ivy if you want dependency resolution
On Apr 2, 2014 7:59 AM, "Ron Wheeler" <>

> Looks like something that ANT might be good at.
> Ron
> On 02/04/2014 6:58 AM, Anders Hammar wrote:
>> I categorize different usage of Maven into two categories:
>> A) As a build tool
>> B) As a utility tool
>> A) would be for example building a Java web application, i.e. using the
>> full build lifecycle of Maven. B) on the other hand is where you just want
>> to do one specific "thing", for example generate Java classes from an xml
>> schema or creating a jar of existing Java classes.
>> So the first question is if your usage would fit into A or B? To narrow
>> things down a little bit, do you want this excel file to be generated as
>> part of the build of your software and then deployed together with that to
>> the repository? If so, it would be A. If you're just trying to find a tool
>> to generate this excel file on demand, we would be in B.
>> My point here is that if you're in category A then Maven is absolutely
>> appropriate. At least if you're building everything else with Maven. But
>> if
>> you're in category B, then Maven is just one of many options you have. I
>> would even go as far as saying that there are simpler solutions, one being
>> a shell script (or Windows batch file) where you just have you Java
>> command
>> with the jar on the classpath and the options to have the excel file
>> generated. Using Maven here would just add an additional dependency (to
>> Maven) which could just complicate things.
>> My two cents,
>> /Anders
>> On Tue, Apr 1, 2014 at 2:05 PM, Steinar Bang <> wrote:
>>  I have access to a Jar-file that contains code that:
>>>   - Reads an excel file containing a JQL query, the names of the fields
>>>     from the JQL results to include in excel, as well as the sheets that
>>>     are to be populated
>>>   - Talks to Jira, using the Jira REST API, to do the query and extract
>>>     the results
>>>   - Exports a new excel file populated with the query results
>>> The Jar-file resides in a plexus archive, so I thought that having a
>>> small maven project, containing a pom.xml and the template excel
>>> spreadshet in src/main/resources/ would be a good match.
>>> The idea was that I could:
>>>   - set the Jar-file containing the excel export code as a dependency
>>>   - use exec-maven-plugin to run the Jar
>>>   - have the output of exec-maven-plugin (an excel file) as the build
>>>     artifact
>>> But the idea stopped on that I don't know what packaging should be used
>>> for the pom: "jar" didn't seem appropriate, so I tried "pom", but that
>>> doesn't do anything (no target directory created).
>>> Is maven appropriate for what I'm trying to do? Is there an appropriate
>>> packaging to use?
>>> Thanks!
>>> - Steinar
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