The quickest way to get started with Apache Isis is to run the simple archetype. This will generate a very simple one-class domain model, called
SimpleObject, with a single property
name. There is also a corresponding
SimpleObjectRepository domain service. From this you can easily rename these initial classes, and extend to build up your own Isis domain application.
If you want to see a more functionally complete example, also check out the ToDo app (quickstart) archetype; this will give you a good idea of what makes up a not-too-complex Isis application. In fact, we recommend that you run both archetypes: this simple archetype generates a very simple application for you to refactor and extend, while the ToDo app provides to guide your own development.
Create a new directory, and
cd into that directory.
Then run the following command:
mvn archetype:generate \ -D archetypeGroupId=org.apache.isis.archetype \ -D archetypeArtifactId=simple_wicket_restful_jdo-archetype \ -D archetypeVersion=1.3.1 \ -D groupId=com.mycompany \ -D artifactId=myapp \ -D version=1.0-SNAPSHOT \ -B
groupIdrepresents your own organization, and
artifactIdis a unique identifier for this app within your organization.
versionis the initial (snapshot) version of your app
The archetype generation process will then run; it only takes a few seconds.
Switch into the root directory of your newly generated app, and build your app:
cd myapp mvn clean install
myapp is the
artifactId entered above.
simple_wicket_restful_jdo archetype generates a single WAR file, configured to run both the Wicket viewer and the Restful Objects viewer. The archetype also configures the JDO Objectstore to use an in-memory HSQLDB connection.
Once you've built the app, you can run the WAR in a variety of ways.
The recommended approach when getting started is to run the self-hosting version of the WAR, allowing Isis to run as a standalone app; for example:
java -jar viewer-webapp/target/myapp-viewer-webapp-1.0-SNAPSHOT-jetty-console.war
This can also be accomplished using an embedded Ant target provided in the build script:
The first is to simply deploying the generated WAR (
webapp/target/myapp-webapp-1.0-SNAPSHOT.war) to a servlet container.
Alternatively, you could run the WAR in a Maven-hosted Jetty instance, though you need to
cd into the
cd webapp mvn jetty:run -D jetty.port=9090
In the above, we've passed in a property to indicate a different port from the default port (8080).
Note that if you use
mvn jetty:run, then the context path changes; check the console output (eg http://localhost:9090/myapp-webapp).
Finally, you can also run the app by deploying to a standalone servlet container such as Tomcat.
The archetype provides a welcome page that explains the classes and files generated, and provides detailed guidance and what to do next.
The app itself is configured to run using shiro security, as configured in the
WEB-INF/shiro.ini config file. To log in, use
Once you are familiar with the generated app, you'll want to start modifying it. There is plenty of guidance on this site; check out the 'programming model how-tos' section on the main documentation page first).
If you use Eclipse, do also install the Eclipse templates; these will help you follow the Isis naming conventions.
As noted above, the generated app is a very simple application consisting of a single domain object that can be easily renamed and extended. The intention is not to showcase all of Isis' capabilities; rather it is to allow you to very easily modify the generated application (eg rename
Customer) without having to waste time deleting lots of generated code.
|myapp||The parent (aggregator) module|
|myapp-dom||The domain object model, consisting of SimpleObject and SimpleObjects (repository) domain service.|
|myapp-fixture||Domain object fixtures used for initializing the system when being demo'ed or for unit testing.|
|myapp-integtests||End-to-end integration tests, that exercise from the UI through to the database|
|myapp-webapp||Run as a webapp (from web.xml) using either the Wicket viewer or the RestfulObjects viewer|
If you run into issues, please don't hesitate to ask for help on the users mailing list.
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