In my previous post, I mentioned that I was going to run maven 2, continuum, fedora core 3, IBM JDK 1.4, etc. on an obsolete laptop (Toshiba satelite pro 4200). I use this 4 year old laptop mainly because of the following reasons:
- I have trouble letting hardware go unused
- Wicket needs a continuous integration machine
- I want to test maven 2, but don't want to do this on my own boxes, it might break stuff
- I heard from co-workers that the IBM JDK is faster on Linux than the Sun JDK
- I like a challenge
- more things I can't think of right now
After downloading the maven 2 distribution, I unzipped the archive in my home directory and chmod +x */bin/m2 made sure that the m2 script is executable. I also made sure $JAVA_HOME is set to my IBM JDK installation (for some reason in /opt :-S).
According to the maven 2 website, I can issue m2 --version in order to verify the installation:
[dashorst@localhost maven2-test]$ ~/maven-2.0-alpha-1/bin/m2 --version Maven version: 2.0-alpha-1
So far so good... Next in the getting started guide is creating your own project:
m2 archetype:create -DgroupId=com.mycompany.app -DartifactId=my-app
Alas, this doesn't work, as apparently, a transitive dependency cannot be resolved, as it isn't in the ibiblio repository... It appears to be the velocity 1.4 pom (to be found in your local repository, most probably in a subdir called .m2/repository in your home directory). Removing this dependency from the velocity 1.4 pom made sure the project generation works. Now I have my first Maven 2 project!
- I don't find it particularly fast, but that can be attributed to several factors: slow laptop (very likely, slow operating system (not likely), slow JDK (possibility)
- I don't like the fact I need to download some (unknown!) jdbc jar, or edit the velocity pom in order to pass the 'getting started'
- The current structure is still a blur to me, I don't know how to run the unittests
As my experience with maven 2 will grown, this blog will be filled with more findings on this subject! Keep posted...