13. Tutorials

13.1. Creating a new application

13.1.1. Running the archetype

In order to create a new application you must use the archetype provided by devon4j which uses the maven archetype functionality.

To create a new application, you should have installed devonfw IDE. Follow the devon ide documentation to install the same. You can choose between 2 alternatives, create it from command line or, in more visual manner, within eclipse.

From command Line

To create a new devon4j application from command line, you can simply run the following command:

devon java create com.example.application.sampleapp

For low-level creation you can also manually call this command:

mvn -DarchetypeVersion=${devon4j.version} -DarchetypeGroupId=com.devonfw.java.templates -DarchetypeArtifactId=devon4j-template-server archetype:generate -DgroupId=com.example.application -DartifactId=sampleapp -Dversion=1.0.0-SNAPSHOT -Dpackage=com.devonfw.application.sampleapp

Attention: The archetypeVersion (first argument) should be set to the latest version of devon4j. You can easily determine the version from this badge excluding the v prefix: web artifact

Further providing additional properties (using -D parameter) you can customize the generated app:

Table 40. Options for app template
property comment example


Choose the type of RDBMS to use (hana, oracle, mssql, postgresql, mariadb, mysql, etc.)



Option to add an batch module



Option to add an EAR module with the given name


From Eclipse
After that, you should follow this Eclipse steps to create your application:
  • Create a new Maven Project.

  • Choose the devon4j-template-server archetype, just like the image.

Select archetype
  • Fill the Group Id, Artifact Id, Version and Package for your project. If you want to add an EAR generation mechanism to your project, you should fill the property earProjectName with the value Artifact Id + "-ear". For example, "sampleapp-ear". If you only want WAR generation, you can remove the property earProjectName.

Configure archetype
  • Finish the Eclipse assistant and you are ready to start your project.

13.1.2. What is generated

The application template (archetype) generates a Maven multi-module project. It has the following modules:

  • api: module with the API (REST service interfaces, transferobjects, datatypes, etc.) to be imported by other apps as a maven dependency in order to invoke and consume the offered (micro)services.

  • core: maven module containing the core of the application.

  • batch: optional module for batch(es)

  • server: module that bundles the entire app (core with optional batch) as a WAR file.

  • ear: optional maven module is responsible to packaging the application as a EAR file.

The toplevel pom.xml of the generated project has the following features:

  • Properties definition: Spring-boot version, Java version, etc.

  • Modules definition for the modules (described above)

  • Dependency management: define versions for dependencies of the technology stack that are recommended and work together in a compatible way.

  • Maven plugins with desired versions and configuration

  • Profiles for test stages

13.1.3. How to run your app

Run app from IDE

To run your application from your favourite IDE, simply launch SpringBootApp as java application.

Run app as bootified jar or war

More details are available here.

Last updated 2021-03-17 08:55:56 UTC