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  • Maven + Spring + web app Project structure in IDEA

    I have done a basic project in Spring. Now I'm trying to step up and work through a tutorial I found that has Spring in a web app. That's fine but unlike the tutorial, we use Maven and we use IDEA 9. So I have tried some experiments to create a project structure with correct content to have an IDEA project that uses Maven to build, is a web app, and uses Spring. Can anyone help me with this?

    I've got the following from asking for a Maven module that supports the webapp and Spring frameworks:
    lib
    src
    main
    resources
    webapp
    web
    WEB-INF
    web.xml
    index.jsp
    pom.xml
    ...
    external libraries

    In a project I created to see what I would get for Spring and Maven, I also got a
    java directory under main
    a test directory under src
    a classpath item
    and a project item
    and there is no pom.

    Both of these are a problem and are missing pieces but I'm not sure what the proper, complete structure should be. This is partly because all the examples I can find use Eclipse. That's fine but we don't and I don't know enough to do the translation.

    Also, is there something like a tutorial online that would cover putting all these pieces together with a line-by-line explanation of the Spring pieces? All the tutorials I've seen simply say things to the effect of "put this code in class abc and then build." Or, is there a book that has a good treatment of putting all these different technologies together "under one tent"? Thanks.
    Last edited by kduncan; Jan 26th, 2011, 07:48 PM. Reason: Missing a word.

  • #2
    my suggestion is to learn to use and use Maven from command line. The IDE plugins for Maven never work 100% well and they hide some of the power of Maven itself. You can create the structure from command line and then import the created structure in a IDEA project.
    That said, I believe there are some good "unofficial" mvn archetypes to build Spring-based webapps. I also, however, suggest you take a look at Spring Roo. I found it an invaluable tool in aiding creation and maintenance of Spring-based webapps.

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    • #3
      Actually, when using IDEA 9, when you ask it to create a project, just select "Maven Model" and that should create it (if you want to use an archetype, maven-archetype-quickstart and maven-archetype-webapp are pretty good starting points for JARs and WARs, respectively).

      I haven't seen much in the way of problems with the IDEA maven support - it's solid. That said, you COULD use AppFuse or Roo to kickstart the project, though both have their drawbacks...

      Hope this helps
      - Don

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