|Re: [starter-dev] Some updates on the progress made lately|
I followed this project and the discussion in the last view weeks. I also agree that this idea of a starter page is really great. And it's important to give new developers (who haven't been using Java EE for the last 10 years) a starting point.
For us here, everything that is on the starter page is completely clear and the "The Jakarta® EE Tutorial" explains the rest. But what I observe is that many new developers have absolutely no patience anymore. So I think it would be good to offer not only a selection of platforms, but also a small selection of minimalist project templates. For example, a simple RestAPI example with a Swagger UI or a minimal JPA example. Some time ago I had assembled something like this for a customer in a draft version including a Dockerfile to provide a simple start with a default runtime:
The goal was to show that Jakarta EE brings a lot of additional functionality if you combine it for example with Eclipse Microprofile. I don't know what you think about a Dockerfiles with a Wildfly or Payara Runtime? Or whether you consider Eclipse Microprofiles to be overloaded here?
But I think that at least we should somehow give the
profile/template selection a dynamically reloaded README.md file
that explains a bit what the template consists of. It may be
enough to point the developer to the corresponding sections in the
"The Jakarta® EE Tutorial".
This example contains a Rest Service called '/hello' which is
defined in the class RestResource. You can add additional GET,
POST and DELETE resources. Find out more about the Jakarta EE
Rest API here.
If you want to load or store your data from a Database you can use the Jakarat EE Persistence API.
I know you think this is idiotic, but for many new developers these very simple hints are important to survive the first half hour ;-)
Greetings Committers and Contributors,
I am super excited to see the starter project moving forward after a little standstill. There has been some great progress made lately! New contributors and committers are on board. We now have a simple UI available at https://start.jakarta.ee that generates a simple project for Jakarta EE 8, Jakarta EE 9.1, and Jakarta EE 10. The feedback I have received from the community when demoing it has been 100% positive.
The UI uses bare-minimum archetypes to generate the code. The next steps would be to add support for runtimes and possibly explore creating a CLI as an alternative to the Web UI.
In addition to the UI, there are also several archetypes that generate more extensive examples being worked on. Since everything is based on archetypes, adding these and potentially other archetypes created by the community should be fairly straightforward.
The archetypes for EE 8, 9.1, and 10 could be mashed together as one with the conditional logic inside the archetype. I am not sure if this is the right thing to do, though.Keep in mind that as we go forward with EE 11, 12, 13, ... the older versions won't need much attention. Sometimes, a little duplication is favorable over adding another branch in the logic (even if it is just another if-statement...).
The option of creating a server-based solution to generate the starter projects is still an option if someone wants to pursue this. It is always good to have options.Personally, I think the approach to base the starter on archetypes is a better and more flexible way to go. The only server needed is Maven Central, and that is already there and not our problem to maintain. And it provides the option for developers to consume the archetypes directly, via our UI, potentially a CLI, or directly in IDEs.
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