Maven phases

In the previous tutorial, we used the compile and package keywords. These are called as phases. The build Maven phases are covered in greater details in this tutorial.

Maven is based on central concept of the build lifecycle. A typical build lifecycle will have phases like compile, test, package etc. Maven analogously, has corresponding commands for each of the phase to take care of the activities in that phase.
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Compiling your Maven Project

In this tutorial we will see in detail how to compile your Maven project. We will be using the sample project that we created in our previous tutorial, however you can run most of the commands listed in this tutorial on any Maven based projects (If case you want to use your own project, just make sure that you refer to the appropriate directories in your project instead of the ones mentioned in this tutorial).
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Create your First Project with Maven

In the previous tutorial we saw how to download and install Maven. In this tutorial, we will see how to create your first project with Maven. If you don’t have Maven downloaded and installed yet please follow this link.

We will be creating a simple Java project with main() function. Lets get started.
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Setting up Maven

In this tutorial, we will see in detail how to setup Apache Maven
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Quick Start Guide to Maven

In this series of tutorials, we will take a detailed look at the Apache Maven tool. In this particular post we will go through some introductory concepts related to Maven. So lets get started with the Quick Start Guide to Maven.

Quick start guide to Maven

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Write PDF file in Java using iText

In this tutorial we will see how to write PDF file in Java using iText library.

Review the code listed below. Running this program will generate a PDF file at location c:/itext.pdf. You can change the location in the program to suit your platform:
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PDF Generation in Java: iText Tutorial

iText is a free and open source PDF library (License Type: AGPL) for Java. It is unarguably the best and most efficient PDF library currently available for Java.

Adding PDF support to your application for functionalities like reporting can be an excellent idea given that PDF is a well accepted format and easy to share. Besides, PDF files also look good as compared to other formats.
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Read PDF file in Java using iText

In this post we will read PDF file in Java using iText library.

The Java program will assume there is a PDF file at location c:/temp/test.pdf. Change this path according to your environment.
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How to fix issues with your eclipse while working on Java 7

If you have recently installed Java 7, chances are that you might be facing errors using the brand new features of Java 7. This is because of Eclipse Java 7 compliance issue of the compiler.

Follow the steps listed below to fix these errors and run programs using new features of Java in eclipse.
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Java 7 Multi Catch Block

In the pre Java 7 world, you would handle exceptions by writing separate catch blocks for different types of exceptions that can occur in the try block. In case of related exception, the derived class exception are listed above the base class exception, e.g. FileNotFoundException should be listed above IOException since former is derived from the latter. Java 7 multi catch block provides you the flexibility to combine such catch blocks, provided you have similar code to handle these exceptions.

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