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Bootstrapping an Alfresco Project With Maven Archetypes (Delivered With Nexus)

Carlo Sciolla (@skuro) of Sourcesense was looking for a way to use Maven to create an Alfresco development environment. Not satisfied with the default Ant-based build supplied with the SDK, he wrote a quick tutorial for others interested in doing the same.

To start your Alfresco development experience, you need a development environment. Let’s say you’re more into this Maven and you’d rather leverage its capabilities instead of using the default ant based build system provided along with the SDK. In this tutorial, I’ll guide you through the process of setting up from scratch your development environment. And by saying “from scratch”, I really mean it: we’ll start from a fresh installed Linux box and the we will add piece over piece until we’ll be see the Alfresco flower on our browser. This will be a *basic* tutorial, just to put in place the foundation for later improvements.

This post steps through the process of creating a suitable MySQL database for Alfresco, installing Maven, and then, finally creating a new project using a Maven archetype. If you are using Alfresco and Maven, check out his post.

The other interesting thing about this post is that it shows you how easy it is to start distributing your software and archetypes if you use Nexus. Carlo was able to go from idea to implementation with Alfresco very quickly because Alfresco made artifacts and archetypes available with an instance of Nexus:

If you are a software company, the easiest way to distribute your software to end-users is via a Maven repository. If you use a repository manager like Nexus, and if you standardize on using Maven archetypes, you decrease the barrier to entry for users interested in your technology.

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Written by Tim OBrien

Tim is a Software Architect with experience in all aspects of software development from project inception to developing scaleable production architectures for large-scale systems during critical, high-risk events such as Black Friday. He has helped many organizations ranging from small startups to Fortune 100 companies take a more strategic approach to adopting and evaluating technology and managing the risks associated with change.