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Maven archetypes for Castor


Maven has a very sophisticated feature named ‘archetype’ for bootstrapping development with e.g. frameworks such as Castor is. As we do have a very high appreciation for the benefits of this feature, we provide a selection of Maven archetypes for Castor.

  • codegen-testcase: A template for a XML code generator test case, incl. JUnit test case, sample XML schema, builder properties and binding file.

Template for XML code generator test case

This archetype creates a standard Maven project with a preconfigured project structure that includes the following artefacts:

  • JUnit test case
  • Sample XML schema
  • (Empty) builder properties file
  • (Empty) XML code generator binding file
  • A Maven POM with all the required dependencies (Castor XML, etc.).

In order to e.g. create a project based upon the codegen-testcase archetypes shown above, please issue the following Maven goal on your command line (of choice):

> mvn archetype:create -DarchetypeGroupId=org.codehaus.castor \
                       -DarchetypeArtifactId=codegen-testcase-archetype \
                       -DarchetypeVersion=1.4.1  \
                       -DgroupId=<> \
                       -DartifactId=<> \

Snapshot releases of archetypes

In case you are trying to use an archetype that has been made available as a snapshot release only, please makse sure you include the Sonatype OSS repository in the command as shown above similar to …

> mvn archetype:create -DarchetypeGroupId=org.codehaus.castor \
                       -DarchetypeArtifactId=codegen-testcase-archetype \
                       -DarchetypeVersion=<b>1.4.2-SNAPSHOT</b>  \
                       -DgroupId=&lt;; \
                       -DartifactId=&lt;; \

Once a specific Castor release has been propagated to Maven Central (usually within 48 hours), adding just the dependency will be sufficient.