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MyEclipse and Maven

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Hi Riyad,

I have been leading a big change in our development strategies at my work place using MyEclipse as the tool to go forward. I notice the latest MyEclipse bundle comes with a Maven plugin. This is extremely handy for us as Maven is a tool we are utilising.

However, we need the ability to be able to import previously written projects into our workspace and then apply the appropriate capabilities. With the current Maven plugin bundled with MyEclipse, this is not possible. Will this be possible in the future.

Also, should I have an application which is already written utilising maven. Once imported into the workspace, when I add capabilities, will it be possible to add the required jars to the pom dependency list (if they don't already exist) rather than rely on the eclipse classpath where they are added at the moment.


Matt Gaunt
[ August 18, 2008: Message edited by: Matt Gaunt ]
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Excellent question. First let me address the "Existing Maven Project" issue, yes that will be addressed in MyEclipse 7.0

We apologize for the inconvenience, but for something as big and far-reaching as integrated Maven support in the IDE, we had to roll it out in stages; MyEclipse 6.5 was Stage 1, MyEclipse 7.0 will be Stage 2.

As far as reading libraries from the build path and migrating them into the pom automatically, not likely right away, but at some point.

You can always right-click on your project and easily enough go down to MyEclipse > Add Maven Dependency and just type in the libs you need and those are added to your pom for you, but we don't do it automatically yet (there are things like bounded constraints that we don't want to automate because it can introduce bugs and folks won't know why they are occurring if some library has a change that is no longer compatible with their app).
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