DevOps Classroom Series – 11/Jul/2021

Building Java Applications using Maven

  • JDK comes with in built java compiler, which can be used to create the java compiled classes
  • Build tools in Java help in building the jar/war files from the java code
  • In this we would also like to run unit tests
  • There was a popular tool called as Ant to perform these operations.
  • In Ant we are supposed to write configuration files and in the configuration files we need to define the sequence of instructions that needs to be carried out.
  • The instructions are generally written in build.xml file Refer Here for the sample
  • Refer Here for the sample java project with ant
  • When we write the java code, we use lot of code which is already. This is something which we call as dependency
  • So now in this day , we need build tools to
    • build the java code
    • unit test the java code
    • manage the dependencies.


  • Maven is a powerful build tool for Java Projects (Java Based Languages).
  • Maven believes in Convention over Configuration
  • Refer Here for the website of maven
  • Lets use maven to build some java code
  • Lab Setup
    • System 1: Create an ubuntu linux instance in any cloud/hypervisors and ensure it has internet connection
      • Install Open JDK8
      sudo apt update
      sudo apt install openjdk-8-jdk -y
      • JAVA is installed on the folder /usr/lib/jvm/java-8-openjdk-amd64 which is considered as JAVA HOME and we need to create an environment variable JAVA_HOME representing home directory of java
      export JAVA_HOME=/usr/lib/jvm/java-8-openjdk-amd64
      • Add the JAVA_HOME to either /etc/environment or ~/.bashrc
      • Download the latest version of maven
      cd /tmp
       tar -xvzf apache-maven-3.8.1-bin.tar.gz
       sudo mv apache-maven-3.8.1 /var/lib/maven-3.8.1
      • Now we need to create M2_HOME environment variable which point to /var/lib/maven-3.8.1 and add /var/lib/maven-3.8.1/bin to path
      • Open ~/.bashrc and add the following lines to the end of the file
      export JAVA_HOME="/usr/lib/jvm/java-8-openjdk-amd64"
      export M2_HOME="/var/lib/maven-3.8.1"
      export PATH=$PATH:$JAVA_HOME/bin:$M2_HOME/bin
      • Now logout and login
      mvn --version
      • Can we install maven latest version with JDK 11
  • On windows to install java and maven . First install chocolatey Refer Here
choco install jdk11 -y
choco install maven -y
Item Default
source code ${baseDir}/src/main/java
Resources ${baseDir}/src/main/resources
Tests ${baseDir}/src/test
Compile java classes ${baseDir}/target/classes
Jar/War file ${baseDir}/target

Maven POM

  • POM stands for Project Object Model.

  • This is fundamental unit of work in Maven

  • This contains information about the project and various configuration details used by Maven

  • Goals:

    • compile: will compile the java code
    • test: will compile and run the test code
    • package: will test and create the jar/war file
    • install: will package and copy the package with pom file in local repository
    • deploy: will install and deploy the package to maven repository
    • clean : will remove the target folder
  • In POM we will have the following information

    • project dependencies
    • plugins
    • goals
    • build profiles
    • project version
  • Elements of POM

Element Description
modelVersion refers to the schema version of maven and is generally
groupId This refers to the project which you are trying
artifactId This refers to id of the project
version This refers to Version of the project if version has SNAPSHOT it means the project is still under development
  • The build package will have the following format
  • Super POM:
    • This is Maven’s default POM. All POMs inherit from this parent or default POM
    • Try executing
    mvn help:effective-pom
  • What are Repositories in maven?
  • What is Build life cycle in maven
  • What are Build profiles
  • What are Plugins

Jenkins contd

  • From Jenkins lets build a java project and show the jar files to user

  • Execute mvn package from Execute shell after configuring git repository of java project Refer Here

  • Now lets explore how jenkins is storing the projects

  • cd in to the home directory of jenkins (/var/lib/jenkins) as jenkins user and see the contents Preview

  • Now get into jobs/your job name Preview

  • The jenkins project created gets stored as xml file in /var/lib/jenkins/jobs/$job-name/config.xml

  • Now lets cd into /var/lib/jenkins/workspace Preview

  • Now lets cd into firstbuild Preview

  • Jenkins when a project is created stores an xml file in the $JENKINS_HOME/jobs/<your-job-name>/config.xml and when the project is executed all the work is done in the workspace folder $JENKINS_HOME/workspace/<your-job-name>/

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