Hi Ernie,

Some answers inlined below.

El 8/11/19 a las 21:33, Ernie Rael escribió:
I have an existing NBM plugin, built as a NB module project using ant. I have never used maven. As the following request for clarification shows, I do not have an overview sense of what is required.

1) Do I need to convert the NB module project to build using maven? The first step in "How to get plugin on Plugin Portal Update Center" is "1. Upload your plugin to Maven Central". The docs for "How to upload NetBeans Modules to Maven Central say

    ...the steps that are involved in getting your maven artifacts into
    the Maven Central...

This seems to imply that I need an NBM which is a maven artifact.

Yes, it's simpler if your Router Plugin Project is built using Maven.

From the IDE choose "File/New Project", then "Java with Maven" and then "NetBeans Module" (or "NetBeans Application" if you want a suite).

You'll be shown a dialog with some settings, then choose the appropriate NetBeans version dependencies (unfortunately you'll see RELEASE110 and dev-snapshot, but not RELEASE112 in the combo box, but you can change that later).

The IDE will then download lots of dependencies from Maven Central. This is normal.

THen just copy the source code from your ant-based plugin and compile. Maybe you need to add some extra dependencies to your "pom.xml" file for things to compile properly.

For a working example you can see, for instance, the Alex Falappa's nb-springboot plugin at https://github.com/AlexFalappa/nb-springboot

If you upload this project somewhere (gitlab/github/etc.) I can give a hand.


2) Or is the process one in which I package an existing NBM (built as an ant project)  into a maven artifact. Like a process done by creating files with an editor, maybe using the jar command as well.

3) Or perhaps it's a hybrid process. Built the NBM as usual with ant, then build something else which packages the NBM and creates a maven artifact.

The docs all assume I know how to get an NBM which is a maven artifact; at least that's how I read them. Unfortunately I do not know how to do that.

Once you've done that you'll end up with a NetBeans project that you can build with maven (instead of ant). The Maven infrastructure will take care of everything (very much like ant did).

Once you're ready to upload to Maven Central (i.e., you have proper version numbers, etc.) see http://maven.apache.org/repository/guide-central-repository-upload.html for instructions on how to digitally sign and upload to Maven Central.

We should document all this whole process better so people is not confused any longer. Your questions do help us understand how badly we're confusing things (for the better, we hope), so thanks for asking! ;-).

Kind regards,
Antonio




-ernie

On 11/8/2019 10:41 AM, Geertjan Wielenga wrote:
An NBM can be uploaded to Maven and also added to the Plugin Portal, not
sure if that helps, just wanting to help but not sure what you’re asking.

Gj

On Fri, 8 Nov 2019 at 18:58, Ernie Rael <e...@raelity.com> wrote:

Given an existing .nbm, is there a way to package it for maven central,
and then add it the the new plugin portal without building the .nbm's
project with maven?

I'm still looking at the documentation to cut my plugin over to maven...
In the meantime, I'm looking for a way to satisfy some user needs in a
timely fashion.

-ernie


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