I don't know if this problem with IntelliJ Ultimate edition is only in the Mac OSX? I created a new tomcat configuration. Under this tomcat configuration, there is an option called "Before Launch" where I can specify a maven goal before tomcat starts. But when I click the option next to "Run Maven Goal", it should show the list of goals. But I do not see any thing. The window opens empty. Anyone having any idea as to why idea (IntelliJ) behaves so badly here? I'm fed up with getting tomcat + maven + spring project up and running in eclipse. So I wanted to give IntelliJ a try. Actually using IntelliJ should have been simple. But it is turning out to be a nightmare and especially with my Mac Book Pro.
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Well, one of the advantages of using a commercial product like IntelliJ is that the vendor (hopefully!) provides support.
However, I doubt very much that any IDE is going to offer you a popup that shows possible Maven goals. Maven 1 did that, but Maven 2 cannot.
Unless I am very much mistaken, you can demand just about any goal you can hallucinate and Maven will attempt to download and execute a plugin to make it happen if it can. So the list of goals is effectively open-ended and thus cannot be enumerated.
It is both a strength and a weakness, as far as I am concerned, since it makes Maven operate by "magic", and I don't like magic when it comes to doing work. But it is nevertheless convenient.
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The dialog shows Run Maven Goal. Well, if they do not list the goals, then there should be a provision for me to enter the goals that I want to run. But all what I get is a blank popup with Ok and Cancel buttons.
In the case of Eclipse, there would have been a textbox in that dialog. But in Eclipse, the maven and ant builds are actually just special cases of the general run/debug function.
From the sound of it, I suspect that the choice of goal is something that gets set somewhere else in IntelliJ and this particular dialog is just yes/no for whether to run it. In the worst case, IntelliJ may have chosen a goal for you.
IntelliJ tends to focus more on day-to-day application development and it does that quite well, but is less good at specialized requirements. Eclipse didn't offer me as many amenities as far as things like designing and debugging UI stuff, but since my needs include things like running a webapp feeding an RMI server or running and debugging 2 webapps at the same time, Eclipse was the better fit for me. To each his/her own.