Creating ZK Component with Maven Archetype

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Creating ZK Component with Maven Archetype

How to create a ZK Component Maven project

Create a Maven Project

  • [File] -> [New] -> [Other] --> [Maven Project]
    ZK Installation Guide Maven step1.png
  • Make sure Create a simple project is unticked in the first screen of the New Maven Project wizard and click Next >.
    ZK Installation Guide Maven Archetype step1.png
  • From the Select an Archetype screen, select zk[1] from the catalog dropdown list.
    ZKComDevEss Maven CreateComponent setp4.png
  • Select the zk-archetype-component from the list. (At time of writing this is at version 0.8.0).
  • Next, fill in details for group id, artifact id, version number and package name.
    ZKComDevEss Maven CreateComponent setp5.png
    • If property zk-version-since or component class is missing.[2]
  • Click Finish and the Eclipse status bar should say ' Creating zk-archetype-component ' and ' Updating Maven Dependencies '. If this is the user's first time dealing with ZK libraries, Maven will download the necessary dependencies to compile and run this example, and would be stored in .m2/repository in your home directory.
    ZKComDevEss Maven CreateComponent setp6.png

  1. To add a ZK archetype catalog, click Configure then refer to Create and Run Your First ZK Application with Eclipse and Maven for the complete instruction.
  2. Users who are running this wizard for the first time, zk archetype would not have been downloaded into m2eclipse yet, and as a result may not populate the property zk-version-since correctly, leading to an error message as such:
    • Unable to create project from archetype [org.zkoss:zk-archetype-component:0.8.0 ->], Archetype org.zkoss:zk-archetype-component:0.8.0 is not configured property zk-version-since is missing.
    The simple workaround for this problem is to just try again and the zk-version-since property should appear in the list. (The same apply to all other properties)

How to run Maven project on Run-Jetty-Run

  1. Go to Run Configurations
    ZKComDevEss Maven CreateComponent run1.png
  2. Double click on Jetty Webapp
    • It will automatically fill-out Project / Port / Context / WebApp Dir
    ZKComDevEss Maven CreateComponent run2.png
  3. Click Run and start browsing local ZK application at

Packing your component

  1. Go to Run As > Maven package (or Maven install )
    ZKComDevEss Maven CreateComponent pak1.png
  2. The project will then be packed into a jar file and a zip file with source code.
    ZKComDevEss Maven CreateComponent pak2.png

Use the command line version of Maven to create a project

  • For instructions on how to set up maven, please refer to Maven.
  • Go to the folder in Eclipse workspace, then run the following command:
  • Calling archetype:generate -DarchetypeCatalog= the plugin will first ask to choose the archetype from the zk catalog - just enter the number of the archetype.
  • It will then ask the user to enter the values for groupId, the artifactId and the version of the project to create and the base package for the sources.
  • It then asks for confirmation of the configuration and performs the creation of the project.
  • In the following example, component archetype (number 1) is selected and groupId is set to org.test, artifactId to mycomps, version to 1.0-SNAPSHOT and package to org.test.mycomps.
$ mvn archetype:generate -DarchetypeCatalog=
[INFO] Scanning for projects...
[INFO] Searching repository for plugin with prefix: 'archetype'.
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
[INFO] Building Maven Default Project
[INFO]    task-segment: [archetype:generate] (aggregator-style)
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
[INFO] Preparing archetype:generate
[INFO] No goals needed for project - skipping
[INFO] [archetype:generate {execution: default-cli}]
[INFO] Generating project in Interactive mode
[INFO] No archetype defined. Using maven-archetype-quickstart (org.apache.maven.archetypes:maven-archetype-quickstart:1.0)
Choose archetype:
1: -> zk-archetype-component (zk-archetype-component)
2: -> zk-archetype-webapp (zk-archetype-webapp)
Choose a number: : 1
20K downloaded  (zk-archetype-component-0.8.0.jar)
1K downloaded  (zk-archetype-component-0.8.0.pom)
Define value for property 'groupId': : org.test
Define value for property 'artifactId': : mycomps
Define value for property 'version': 1.0-SNAPSHOT:
Define value for property 'package': org.test: org.test.mycomps
Define value for property 'component-class': : Mylabel
Define value for property 'component-name': : mylabel
[INFO] Using property: zk-version-since = 5.0.6
Confirm properties configuration:
groupId: org.test
artifactId: mycomps
version: 1.0-SNAPSHOT
package: org.test.mycomps
component-class: Mylabel
component-name: mylabel
zk-version-since: 5.0.6
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
[INFO] Total time: 34 seconds
[INFO] Finished at: Thu Jul 28 16:27:55 CST 2011
[INFO] Final Memory: 13M/150M
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------

Import Maven project into Eclipse

  • [File] -> [Import] -> [Maven] --> [Existing Maven Projects]
    ZKComDevEss Maven CreateComponent import1.png
  • After this, the user should now get a new project in the Package explorer.
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