JBoss Java EE 6 spec dependency in Maven

Adam Bien wrote about the Troubled with the crippled Java EE 6 APIs in Maven and a solution for them. Another solution has presented itself now that JBoss has finalized the Java EE 6 spec pom and added it to their public repositories as of early January 2011.

You can include the spec in your own project by adding the following to your pom.xml :


You may also need to add the JBoss repository to your pom.xml which is defined as :

		<name>JBoss Repository</name>

I’ll be adding this pom to the Knappsack archetypes to resolve some of the issues people have been facing with the broken spec dependency.

Demo Application Using JSF, JPA, CDI with Jetty

The previous version of the Knappsack Maven Archetypes included archetypes for creating projects using JSF, JPA, CDI and Bean Validation that can run in a servlet container such as Jetty or Tomcat. In order to put it through its paces I decided to create a little test social bookmarking application that lets users create accounts, and when logged in, add bookmarks and tag them. Users that are not logged in can view the bookmarks and filter them by user or tag, and the results are paginated.
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Try Java EE 6 without the commitment

The latest version of the Knappsack Maven Archetypes now supports creating Java EE 6 applications for servlet containers. These projects includes configuration for core Java EE 6 technologies such as JSF, CDI, JPA and Bean Validation and can be run from the command line using the embedded Jetty and Tomcat servlet containers.

Also with this latest release, all the archetypes are available in the Central Maven Repository which means you can dive straight in and create a new Maven project using these archetypes :
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Create A New Project With Maven Archetypes


  • Install Maven

In this tutorial, we will create a new project using the Knappsack Archetypes and compile and deploy it. For this example, we will use the jee6-basic-archetype. Before you begin, you will need to have installed Maven, but you no longer need to manually install the Knappsack Archetypes as they are in the Central Maven Repository now, so you just need to make sure your index is up to date. These instructions will work for any Maven Archetype you have installed and creating new maven projects in general.
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Knappsack Archetypes Part 1

This set of articles will document the contents of the Java EE archetypes for Maven. The archetypes come in four flavors, basic,minimal, sandbox and sandbox demo with each one being based on the previous one. In part 1, we’ll give an overview of the archetypes and the structure and configuration used in all of the archetypes. Read More »

See Java EE 6 in action

I’ve just released a new project called Knappsack which is a set of Maven archetypes for Java EE 6. In addition to the usual starter projects, these archetypes provide complete example applications so you can see the features of JEE 6 and play around with it without having to butcher existing demo applications.
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