Manually creating a new Java EE Maven project can be quite cumbersome. Creating all required folders and files for a simple JAX-RS endpoint with database access was quite error-prone in the past for me. I constantly mixed up
META-INF with its files and was tired of manually creating the project structure. The bootstrapping of a Spring Boot application on the other side is rather simple with the Spring Initializer. I wanted to have a similar bootstrapping experience with Java EE and so I created a custom Maven Archetype for bootstrap a Java EE 8 and Microprofile 2.0 application in seconds. In this blog post, you will learn how to use this archetype for your own projects.
Using this Maven archetype you’ll get a fresh project with the following configurations:
- Java EE 8 and Microprofile 2.0.1 dependencies
- Mockito and JUnit dependencies for efficient testing
bean-discovery-mode="all"for ready to go dependency injection
persistence.xmlconfigured for JTA persistence unit
microprofile-config.propertiesfor internal configurations
- a JAX-RS configuration class
- a sample JAX-REST rest endpoint (
- a Dockerfile for Payara 5.183 deployment at the root path level
- a script for a convenient Docker build and deployment for both Windows and Linux/Mac
To use this archetype and to be able to deploy the project you need the following tools:
- Java 8 installation
- Maven CLI (
mvn) or the embedded Maven of the IDE of your choice
- a running Docker daemon
The formal Maven command for creating a new project from my archetype looks like the following:
mvn archetype:generate -DarchetypeGroupId=de.rieckpil.archetypes \
-DgroupId=<your project Group Id> \
-DartifactId=<your project artifact Id>
With this command, you just have to fill in your groupId and your artifactId and you’ll be prompted to enter a version number or use the default 1.0-SNAPSHOT version.
For an even faster creation, you can use the following command to bypass the interactive mode:
mvn archetype:generate -DarchetypeGroupId=de.rieckpil.archetypes -DarchetypeArtifactId=javaee8 -DarchetypeVersion=1.0.2 -DgroupId=de.rieckpil.blog -DartifactId=javaee-8-microservice -DinteractiveMode=false
The result will look like the following:
With this, you have a ready-to-go Maven project setup for your Java EE 8 application. To deploy the application you can execute the
buildAndRun.bat (for Windows) or
buildAndRun.sh (for Linux/Mac) file to create the
.war, build the Docker image and start a container afterward. If you have issues with executing the
./buildAndRun.sh just make it executable with
chmod +x buildAndRun.sh.
After the Payara server successfully started, you can visit
http://localhost:8080/resources/sample and see the result of the sample JAX-RS endpoint.
If you have any problems or improvements for this archetype, feel free to open an issue in the GitHub repository.
Have fun bootstrapping new applications with this archetype,