/ DRY, MAVEN

Skinny WAR done right

In a previous post, I wrote about how to create skinny WAR with Maven the DRY way: it was not the DRYier way to do it, as was demonstrated to me this week by my colleague Olivier Chapiteau (credit where credit is due).

His solution is far more elegant; it is reproduced below for reference’s sake.

<project xmlns="http://maven.apache.org/POM/4.0.0"
xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"
  xsi:schemaLocation="http://maven.apache.org/POM/4.0.0
    http://maven.apache.org/xsd/maven-4.0.0.xsd">
  ...
  <dependencies>
    <dependency>
      <groupId>ch.frankel.blog.ear-war</groupId>
      <artifactId>war-example</artifactId>
      <version>1.0.0</version>
      <type>war</type>
    </dependency>
    <dependency>
      <groupId>ch.frankel.blog.ear-war</groupId>
      <artifactId>war-example</artifactId>
      <type>pom</type> <!-- Here works the magic -->
      <version>1.0.0</version>
    </dependency>
  </dependencies>
...
</project>

That’s it! The beauty lies in using the WAR’s POM as a dependency as well as the WAR itself: it’s simple, DRY and effective.

Nicolas Fränkel

Nicolas Fränkel

Nicolas Fränkel is a Developer Advocate with 15+ years experience consulting for many different customers, in a wide range of contexts (such as telecoms, banking, insurances, large retail and public sector). Usually working on Java/Java EE and Spring technologies, but with focused interests like Rich Internet Applications, Testing, CI/CD and DevOps. Currently working for Hazelcast. Also double as a teacher in universities and higher education schools, a trainer and triples as a book author.

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