Delete a file from a project generated through a custom maven archetype if a condition is met

With the help of Groovy, we can delete a file from a generated project if it meets a condition (for instance if a maven property equals a certain value).

Here is the procedure :
1) Create the archetype. To do that, type the following command from the root of a Maven project :
mvn archetype:create-from-project
result ==> [INFO] Archetype project created in E:\eclipse\workspace\celinio\target\generated-sources\archetype

The archetype project is here :

Copy-paste this folder structure into another folder in the workspace and import it as an existing maven project.
By default, I have decided that this archetype will generate a project which contains a file /src/main/resources/META-INF/configuration.xml. This is the file that I do not want to include if the maven property configurable is set to no.

2) Add the following required property to /celinioArchetype/src/main/resources/META-INF/maven/archetype-metadata.xml

    <requiredProperty key="configurable">

Also add this property to /celinioArchetype/src/test/resources/projects/basic/ :

3) Add the following groovy script archetype-post-generate.groovy under the folder /celinioArchetype/src/main/resources/META-INF/
It will be executed upon creating a project from this archetype.

* CF : This script will be executed upon creating a project from this archetype.
* It will delete a folder called configuration.xml if the value for the "configurable" property
* is set to true.

import java.nio.file.Files
import java.nio.file.Path
import java.nio.file.Paths

println "artifactId: " + artifactId
println "request: " + request
println "archetypeArtifactId: " + request.getArchetypeArtifactId()
println "archetypeGroupId: " + request.getArchetypeGroupId()
println "archetypeVersion: " + request.getArchetypeVersion()
println "archetypeName: " + request.getArchetypeName()
println "artifactId: " + request.getArtifactId()
println "groupId: " + request.getGroupId()
println "version: " + request.getVersion()

Path projectPath = Paths.get(request.outputDirectory, request.artifactId)
Properties properties =
String configurableProperty = properties.get("configurable")
println "configurableProperty : " + configurableProperty

if (!configurableProperty.equals("yes")) {
   println "Deleting the configuration.xml file"
   Path configPath = projectPath.resolve("src/main/resources/META-INF")   
   String configurationFile = "configuration.xml";    
   Path cxfConfigPath = configPath.resolve(configurationFile)
   println "cxfConfigPath " + cxfConfigPath  
   Files.deleteIfExists cxfConfigPath

To test it in eclipse, you will need to create a project from a run configuration as the groovy script is not executed if you go through the wizard (File > New Maven Project > select archetype etc)
See this link for details :

I have created a repository on github to host the code for this basic maven archetype :

I added two run configuration files which will help testing it.

Add UML diagrams to the JavaDoc

It is possible to add UML diagrams to the JavaDoc generated during the build phase.

The first thing to do is to install Graphviz which is an open source graph visualization software.
After installation, add the bin folder (D:\Graphviz\bin for instance) to the PATH environment variable.
Then configure the pom.xml :

<additionalparam>-views -all</additionalparam>

Here i chose to add the maven-javadoc-plugin to the build maven phase. In the configuration of the plugin, i added the UmlGraphDoc doclet.
UMLGraph allows the declarative specification and drawing of UML class and sequence diagrams.

Run mvn install and then check the generated JavaDoc under the folder target/site/apidocs/
Here is a sample :

The code of this project is available on my github repository :