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The State of Maven Development in Liferay

There's been some confusion over state of Maven support for Liferay. As the Product Manager for Developer Tools, I feel responsible for the confusion and felt the need to clear up any questions.

Will Liferay support Maven development for 6.1, 6.2, and 7.0?

Short answer, yes, most definitely!

In 6.1 and 6.2, we’ve been provided support through liferay-maven-support plugin. Support for this plugin will continue as long as we have users on 6.1 and 6.2. It is now in maintenence mode and will only receive critical bug fixes. We will be releasing fixes to 6.2.6-SNAPSHOT till the next release.

Maven Support in Liferay 7.0 is currently in a state of transition. I believe this is the cause of much of the confusion. Liferay 7.0 will no longer use liferay-maven-support plugin. In 7.0, different tasks will require different plugins. Service Builder has its own plugin; building SASS has its own plugin; etc.

Why did we decide to go this route?

The reason we decided to go in a different direction is because much of our tooling had previously resided inside portal-impl.jar. In 7.0, many of the tools were pulled out and live on their own. This gave us a new opportunity for a fresh start. We decided to turn each of these tools into its own Maven plugin. This means anytime there is a new release for any tooling, a new plugin will be released as they are bundled together.

It also allows us to decouple the archetypes from the plugin. Previously they were released together and it caused some issues when we wanted to release one without the other.

What are your future plans for Maven?

As I said for the maven-support-plugin is now in bug fix mode. No more new features will be added. We will continue fixing bugs. We also will not be releasing any new archetypes.

In 7.0, there are still some features missing that were available in maven-support-plugin. We are currently working on theme building. Archetypes are also being worked on right now. We are also working on a simple maven developer guide.

What is the current status? Is it possible to use Maven for a new project with Liferay 7?

For 6.1 and 6.2, nothing has changed. Continue to use the liferay-maven-support plugin.

For 7.0, you can absolutely use Maven to start your next project. If you want to see samples of the new plugins in use take a look at Maven Blade Samples. Archetypes aren’t ready yet so use the samples if you need a starting point. The only thing you can not do yet is to create a theme using only maven. We recommend you take a look at the new theme tools that leverage node.js if you can. It provides much more than a purely maven solution could ever provide.

Is there any documentation?

Not yet. As mentioned before, we are working on a Maven development guide. For now, I recommend you use Maven Blade Samples as a guide.