Using Maven

Unlike Ant, Maven helps you create the skeleton of a new project. To do that, you will have to type the following command:

    $ mvn archetype:generate

Maven will first download the actually available project types from the network and prompt you to select the one you want to use. This approach seemed to be a good idea while Maven was new. When I first started Maven, the number of listed projects was somewhere between 10 and 20. Today, as I write this book, it lists 1,635 different archetypes. This number seems more like a historical date (the constitution of the French Academy of Science) than a usable size list of different archetypes. However, do not freak out. Maven offers a default value when it asks for your choice, and it ...

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