This release contains several bug fixes, improvements to code generation (with AMP) and upgrades Spring to version 2.5. Since this is a minor release, we're not using any of Spring 2.5's features, but there's nothing stopping you from using them. The new annotations are particularly exciting.
To learn more about Spring 2.5's features, see InfoQ's What's New in Spring 2.5: Part 1 article.
If you're currently using AppFuse 2.01, there's a few things you'll need to change to upgrade to 2.0.1. If you're using a version prior to 2.0, you may want to follow previous upgrade instructions first.
The tutorial applications have been upgraded from 2.0 to 2.0.1. Looking at the diffs for these projects may be one of the easiest ways to upgrade.
- JSF Tutorial Upgrade Patch
- Spring MVC Tutorial Upgrade Patch
- Struts 2 Tutorial Upgrade Patch
- Tapestry Tutorial Upgrade Patch
The following are a detailed set of steps you'll need to do if you're manually upgrading your project from a previous 2.x version.
- Backup your project on your local file system or (even better) in your source control system.
- In your
pom.xml, change <appfuse.version> to 2.0.1 and <spring.version> to 2.5.
- Maven's war overlay feature is based on timestamps. If you've overridden AppFuse files in your project, you'll need to "touch" them in order to give them a newer timestamp. Here's a sample of what you might run:
Another, more permanent, solution is to use
<dependentWarExcludes>to prevent the files from being overlayed.
- Upgrade the maven-jetty-plugin to version 6.1.6.
- Remove any HTML markup from your i18n bundles (ApplicationResources*.properties) since XML is escaped in messages.jsp. [APF-880]
About the AppFuse Maven Plugin
This plugin currently does two things: 1) code generation for CRUD and 2) allows you to convert your project to use AppFuse's source instead of using its binary dependencies.
Generating CRUD with AMP
You can run the following command to generate CRUD screens/classes for a POJO:
If you don't specify the entity name, you will be prompted for it. Currently, if a @Column has "nullable = false", a "required field" validation rule will be generated as part of the web framework's validation configuration. This command will also install the generated code, unless you specify
If your entity is not defined in hibernate.cfg.xml, it will be added.
In a modular project, these commands must be run in the "core" and "web" modules. The plugin is smart enough to figure out when it should/should not generate stuff based on the packaging type (jar vs. war). If you want to generate specific code in a "war" project, you can use gen-core or gen-web.
There's also a goal that allows you to generate model objects from database tables.
This goal will install the generated files into your source tree, unless you specify
-DdisableInstallation=true. After running this command, you can use appfuse:gen to generate CRUD classes/tests/screens for this object.
Installing AppFuse's source into your project
The good news is creating an "old style" project is now pretty easy. After you've create a new project using 2.x, you can run the following command:
This goal will convert your project to use all of AppFuse's source and remove all dependencies on AppFuse.
What the full-source plugin does:
- Exports all sources from Subversion into your project. It reads the dao.framework and web.framework properties to determine what you need.
- Removes warpath plugin from pom.xml.
- Calculates dependencies by reading pom.xml files form the various AppFuse modules. It replaces your dependencies with these new ones. The order of the dependencies added is alphabetical based on groupId.
- Reads properties from the root AppFuse pom.xml and adds the ones that don't exist to your project. The order of the properties added is alphabetical.
- Renames packages from
org.appfuseto your project's groupId.
If you have issues developing AppFuse in Eclipse or NetBeans because of the WarPath plugin, running appfuse:full-source should fix that problem. It removes the warpath plugin as part of its installation process.